Ben Claus

Ben Claus

Ben Claus is a Chicago-based playwright and yoga instructor. Their plays include Mr. Kotomoto Is Definitely Not White (2019 Strawdog Theatre), P is for Pepe (2018 Chicago Fringe), and 52-Hertz (2017 DePaul University, O'Neil Conference Semi-Finalist). Ben's plays have been developed at NoMads Art Collective (which they co-founded and operate), Carmel Theatre Company, and the Chagrin Academy for the...
Ben Claus is a Chicago-based playwright and yoga instructor. Their plays include Mr. Kotomoto Is Definitely Not White (2019 Strawdog Theatre), P is for Pepe (2018 Chicago Fringe), and 52-Hertz (2017 DePaul University, O'Neil Conference Semi-Finalist). Ben's plays have been developed at NoMads Art Collective (which they co-founded and operate), Carmel Theatre Company, and the Chagrin Academy for the Performing Arts. They graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2017 with a BFA in Playwriting and a minor in Eastern Religious Studies.

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.