Soundscapes (co-written with Sarah Grace Kraning)
Synopsis: Iris has synesthesia. She has no idea. She simply thinks that everyone sees colors and shapes when music plays. As she becomes a teen, she learns that not only is that not true but others think it weird or to put it more kindly – “wildly imaginative.” As Iris tries to downplay this trait, she increasingly finds herself at war with herself over what is natural to her. Available July 2022
(Small) Cast: 6 (4 female, 2 male)
(Large) Cast: 15 plus (8 or more females, 2 or more males)
Cover Art Work for Soundscapes by Sarah Grace Kraning.
Almost Mary: Play about Mary Anning (first female paleontologist) which covers her first big discovery at the tender of age of 12 (astounding the male-centric scientific community of England in 1811) now has an expanded cast.
CAST: 12 (6 females, 4 males, 2 male or females; +extras). Except for two roles, the cast is comprised of teens. 75 minutes.
Read a lengthy excerpt here.
Welcome to the plays of Claudia Haas. I am so glad you are here! The plays have had over 1500 productions in every state in the USA as well as on five continents. I have a large body of work for intergenerational and young audiences as well as young performers. I skype and zoom for free (after 9 a.m. CST because... coffee). I also visit libraries, theatres, and schools (but... not free unless local ... because I need to afford coffee).
Sweet recognition about my work on Dear Anne from Nina and My Brother's Gift from Broadway World.
Interview about my work with Eva Schloss on My Brother's Gift. The play focuses on Her brother's art during the Holocaust.
White Bear Lake Press Publication
COMING IN MAY:
Hayley Mills and Grandma (working title): a one-act play about trying to re-invent yourself and discovering instead what is unique about you. Strong roles for teen females and one 60-ish female.
COMING IN JUNE:
Louisa and Her Sisters (working title): We all know Little Women and here we visit Louisa and her sisters - the inspiration for her book. The Alcotts were happy settled in their Concord, MA home for seven years when it was announced that they would have to move - again. Fed up with working many jobs and her father's debt, Louisa makes a vow that she will become an independent woman. The play chronicles Louisa's vow to herself and family. CAST: 12 (8 female, 4 male).
Things I should tell you about:
Honors and Awards: I won't bore you with them but if you are so inclined they are on the About Me page.
Professional Play Development: There's a lovely list. Again, if inclined, you can also find them on the About Me page.
Find all my plays for young performers on the Youth Plays Unpublished Page.
Free Scenes for Teens: They are still going strong and I am adding to them. They are free to use in the classroom (and please and thank-you - only in the classroom). You must contact me with your name, school, city and state to get the rights. They cover many genres from the silly to the poignant to the historical.
You can also find me on the New Play Exchange. All of the plays have full scripts for you to read.
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