Ben Claus

Ben Claus

Ben Claus is a playwright, poet, and yoga instructor living in Chicago. Ben is the co-founder and resident playwright of a theatre company (NoMads Art Collective), and during the day they sell and serve tea. Their plays have been performed at Chicago and Indianapolis Fringe Festivals, DePaul University, and the Carmel Theatre Company. BFA Playwriting / Minor in Eastern Religious Studies, DePaul University.

Plays

  • Them: A Hero's Journey
    Gender-queer musician THEM is forced to leave home and journey into the Underworld, where they meet their grandfather and confront their family's legacy of suicide.
  • Mr. Kotomoto Is Definitely Not White
    As Mr. Kotomoto's Teas expands to selling dreams, a manager’s offensive email forces three employees to navigate their compromised morals and changing friendships. This play examines the tenuous relationships between workers and management in the often unchanging game of capitalism.
  • P is for Pepe
    In the year 2232, a group of four children make a tape to send back to our present time, showcasing what has survived of the Alt-Right. As they wade through the absurdity of memes and /pol/, they uncover taboos that have long since been forgotten, before stumbling upon a single artifact that will change their entire understanding of history.
  • 52-Hertz
    High-school shooter "Cold-Killer" presents a show he has written to be remembered forever after-death. However, he soon realizes he is being summoned from the Tibetan Bardo by the mother of one of his victims, and his story becomes hijacked and transformed into a method for healing. 52-Hertz traces the rippling effects of failure and loneliness, and examines how we talk about tragedy in moving forward from it.