Emily Hageman

Emily Hageman

Emily Hageman, theatre and music educator and playwright, was born in California, raised in Colorado, and now lives in Iowa. Emily's one acts, short plays, and monologues have primarily been performed in Northwest Iowa, but have been produced throughout the country as well as internationally. Her one act "Back Cover" was selected as the 2018 Critic's Choice at the Iowa High School Speech...
Emily Hageman, theatre and music educator and playwright, was born in California, raised in Colorado, and now lives in Iowa. Emily's one acts, short plays, and monologues have primarily been performed in Northwest Iowa, but have been produced throughout the country as well as internationally. Her one act "Back Cover" was selected as the 2018 Critic's Choice at the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group Competition, and has been performed throughout the country in many high schools, middle schools, and professional theatres. Her one act "The Cages We Build" was selected as the 2019 Critic's Choice at the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group Competition, making her school the first since 1982 to have two consecutive wins. Her ten-minute play "Ta-Da or Toodle-Oo" was selected for Heartland Theatre's Ten-Minute Play Festival, Spokane Stage Left's Playwrights Playground, and Stage It!; her ten-minute play "Present Tense" was selected for Theatre Lawrence's Short Play Festival, and her play "Everafter.com" was selected for the Stillwater Short Play Festival and the Red Eye 10s: International Playfestival. Her one-minute play "Day Six" was chosen for UK Gi60 Festival, her one act "Character Arc" was selected for Heartland Theatre's New Plays from the Heartland Festival, her ten minute play "Something Profound" was selected for Theatre Evolve's New Works Festival, her play "The Thought Doesn't Count" was selected for a reading at the Midwest Dramatist's Convention, and her play "The Orchid" was selected for A Light in Dark Places. Emily's theatrical pieces are being constantly workshopped by the magnificent high school and middle school actors at Siouxland Christian School.

Emily's passion in life is writing plays for young (and young at heart) actors and actresses. She enjoys challenging them, making them think deeply, and tell stories with truth and beauty. She is a great giver of high-fives, an excellent avoider of hugs, and the loudest laugher that you will ever encounter.

Plays

  • Heart Land
    FULL-LENGTH: Marty, a smart young therapist from New York City, travels to Granger, Minnesota to work in a high school that has been ripped apart by the revelation that one of their best loved teachers has been behaving inappropriately. This is Marty's humbling journey of self-discovery, constantly shifting expectations, and the relentless pursuit of her heart--and the hearts of others.

    WORK IN PROGRESS. BE GENTLE.
  • Joan's Arc
    FULL LENGTH: Joan is a deeply moral and highly principled high school student. Mason is her best friend who died in front of her (actually, on her) in a school shooting. Joan thinks that the staff at her school may have falsified PSAT scores. Mason is along for the ride. This isn't your typical ghost story.

    NEW DRAFT UP.
  • Back Cover
    ONE ACT PLAY (NEW FORTY-FIVE MINUTE VERSION): The unexpected divorce of Madison’s parents relocated her to New York City--a place that she has vowed to loathe. Through incredible coincidence, Madison finds a shoebox full of letters belonging to a young woman named Jessica. A connection is formed that will forever change the course of Madison’s life. Narrated by Madison’s older self, Back Cover is a story of...
    ONE ACT PLAY (NEW FORTY-FIVE MINUTE VERSION): The unexpected divorce of Madison’s parents relocated her to New York City--a place that she has vowed to loathe. Through incredible coincidence, Madison finds a shoebox full of letters belonging to a young woman named Jessica. A connection is formed that will forever change the course of Madison’s life. Narrated by Madison’s older self, Back Cover is a story of loss, courage, humanity, and the painful--but wonderful--experience of growing up. Published by Stage Partners.
  • The Cages We Build
    ONE ACT PLAY: Dean's dad isn't around, his mom is deeply broken, and everyone at school either hates him or fears him. That's just who he is. But then, he meets Lucy and learns that life can be whatever you make it, and no matter what cage you build, you always have the key.
  • Character Arc
    ONE ACT PLAY: Once a month, estranged sisters Ashley, Brittany, and Taylor come to visit their ailing father in their hometown. As his condition worsens, the sisters must decide which will move back home to make his end more comfortable, but can one act of nobility change the trajectory of a life riddled with misery and mediocrity? WINNER: Heartland Theatre Company's New Plays from the Heartland 2018 Midwest One Act Play Competition.
  • Fairy Tale Career Aptitude Test
    ONE ACT: Pinocchio, Cinderella, the three little pigs, and all their friends have taken their Fairy Tale Career Aptitude Test (FATCAT), but... they aren't exactly thrilled with the results.
  • The Inexplicable Chaos Factor of Mia Gregory
    ONE ACT: Liv is one of the most brilliant teenage mathematicians in the country, but she does not understand her best (and only) friend Mia. Like, at all. And now, she's doing this stupid play to try to figure it out.
  • One Seriously Ugly Duckling
    ONE ACT PLAY: Duckbecca is very smart, thoughtful, and nice. She also happens to be a little plain. She's got lots going for her, but the Narrator is determined to use her to tell the story of "The Ugly Duckling," an "inspiring" tale for young girls everywhere. Who gets to tell our stories and what can we do about it?
  • Risa Hopkins Needs a New Heart
    ONE ACT: Risa Hopkins is an extremely nice eighth grade who writes THE best poems. She also has severe heart failure and will need a new transplant. Her classmates are determined to help her. A story about where your heart lives.
  • Seven Small Deaths
    ONE ACT PLAY: After Anna's seventh miscarriage, she and her husband Jake go to a fertility doctor. Anna doesn't want Jake there, but, well, he's there.
  • The Strangest of All Rooms
    ONE ACT: Hailey's father is broken, and she is ashamed of him. She must decide if she can love him for everything he is--even his strangest of all rooms.
  • Age Before Beauty
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Paulette is... difficult to say the least, but Rachel really needs her help for one last trip. Come on, Paulette, give Rachel a break, you're driving her crazy!
  • All the Difference
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: Walt and Al are about as different as they could possibly be, separated by generations and wildly different interests (Minecraft and Robert Frost don't exactly coincide). But maybe they aren't as different as they thought they were.
  • Basketball: Abridged
    FIFTEEN MINUTE CHORAL READING PLAY: Eight jocks are gonna school you on how to play some ball. Part of THE DUDES ANTHOLOGY.
  • Batman Vs. The Joker at the Laundromat
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: I mean. Read the title.
  • Blue
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Lilith loves the story of her Grandpa Lou, a heroic airplane pilot, but stories are just stories.
  • Check Me Out
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: A non-fiction book about an intrepid climber of Mount Everest is incorrectly shelved amongst a bunch of "wannabe classics." And now, this climber has to live her life trapped with an annoying Cockney orphan, a sobbing heroine from the 1800s, and a sea captain with a reeeeeeeeally bad case of dysentery.
  • Direct Quoth
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Once upon a midnight dreary, a young writer struggles with the greatest horror of all... WRITER'S BLOCK! His flailing disturbs his neighbor who comes to check on him. Oh, and his neighbor is a raven.
  • Dragged
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Dawn didn't mean to get addicted to drugs, but it doesn't matter. And now, her daughter Max has to be her mother.
  • Everafter.com
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Little Miss Muffet has never had a boyfriend. It's adorable! And annoying, because that means that her best friends Rapunzel, Snow White, and Cinderella have to listen to her ramble about cheese every day, all day. In an effort to help their "not as socially adjusted" best friend, the princesses introduce Muffy to the wonderful "Everafter.com," a dating website for...
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Little Miss Muffet has never had a boyfriend. It's adorable! And annoying, because that means that her best friends Rapunzel, Snow White, and Cinderella have to listen to her ramble about cheese every day, all day. In an effort to help their "not as socially adjusted" best friend, the princesses introduce Muffy to the wonderful "Everafter.com," a dating website for girls might have a little problem meeting men in real life. After all, not everyone can have a meet cute, right? Published with YouthPLAYS.
  • First Line of Defense Against the Flu
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: White blood cells are going to take out the flu--unless the annoying anti-inflammatory that just showed up ruins everything...
  • Foliage
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Majestic Mark is a magician who is definitely ready for his first performance! Okay, so he needs like some practice. Or like. A lot of practice. And he's also not ready. His assistant Darrah has got her work cut for her.
  • Girl Dolls
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Customizable female "dolls" with advanced artificial intelligence are the norm, so what good is a real girl?
  • The Godfather of the Monkey Bars
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Mikey is the ruthless new godfather of the monkey bars, but rival gang lord Sunny doesn't like the way he's running them. I mean, what kind of monster doesn't let a kid hang upside down?
  • Good Cake
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Middle schooler Molly's mom died. Her five best friends came to the funeral, and really, truly have no idea how to act.
  • Green Grass
    TEN MINUTE PLAYS: Dani wants to move on. Jason wants her to stay where she is.
  • The Hallmark Man Card
    FIFTEEN MINUTE PLAY: Justin's MRI results are back and he's out for the rest of the season. His teammates gather together in the locker room to speculate how he will act when he comes to his last practice. Published by YouthPLAYS.
  • Hashtag Safe Spacers
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: The world is a scary place, but don’t worry, brand new Hashtag Safe Spacers (as featured on Buzzfeed and now available on Amazon) have got you covered! Literally!
  • Have To
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: The world has ended and five teenagers are living in their abandoned school. The horrifying Bleeders who have killed many of their friends still roam. Now they must determine what they are willing to do to survive.
  • The Heroes in This Story
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Maybe they always wanted to be heroes, but not like this.
  • Heroes, Legends, Brother
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Leon and Travis died in a school shooting. But before they did, they were heroes. This is their story--and promise, it won't be as bad as it sounds.
  • Hi, My Name is Matt
    SHORT PLAY: Matt didn't think his night would end like this.

    Available as a monologue, but also as an extended ten minute play.
  • How to Audition for a Play if You're a Girl
    TEN MINUTE CHORAL READING: Auditioning for a play is really hard if you're a girl! And challenging if you're a guy too because some lady might make you do it.
  • How to Get a Girl!
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Aw shucks, Champ's got a crush! Pops will teach him how to get a girl! After all, girls are less than men in every way!
  • Hunter, Hunted, and Those Who Watch
    TEN MINUTE: Jesse bullies Ryan mercilessly. It's not that bad, but it is that bad--that bad and worse.
  • In Dreams
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Some people love dreams, some don't.
  • José Interprets Dreams
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: Seven-year-old American girl Caroline meets seven-year-old Mexican boy José where he is being held after being separated from his parents.
  • Leaves
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Alex's home life is horrible. She free writes about it.
  • Little Wishes
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Gray is a singer-songwriter with the number one song in the world. Lily has been his friend for years. Their reunion unfolds in his glamorous apartment which is full of everything he ever wished for.
  • Locker Room
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Joel has been warming the bench all season--and now Coach Patterson wants him to step up. Will he be able to put aside his pride for the good of the team? And what sport are they playing anyways? Part of THE DUDES ANTHOLOGY.
  • Make It Up
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: These bros didn't know they were gonna have to wear make up for the play. Not cool, man.
  • Next Year and Other Indefinable Things
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Hannah, Corey, and Kelly have been friends all throughout high school and are planning on going to college together. Or, at least, that WAS the plan.
  • The Orchid
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: Ryan tried to commit suicide. Jake visits him in the hospital. A play about toxic masculinity, enduring friendship, and what it means to be fragile when the world tells you to be unbreakable.
  • Present Tense
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Three siblings drive to their widowed mother's wedding while asking the impossible question--how do you move into the future without disrespecting the past?
  • Prince Nice Guy
    FIVE MINUTE PLAY: No one wants to date poor Prince Nice Guy! It is definitely not his fault in any way shape or form! ... Right? Part of THE DUDES ANTHOLOGY.
  • Sir Theo and the Swamp Boy
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: An imaginative boy named Teddy dreams of adventure. And then he finds it.
  • The Sentience Test
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: In order for a bot to be sold, it has to pass the sentience test.

    Selection: Kansas City Horror Play Festival
  • Something Profound
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: The Playwright has this AMAZING idea for a ten minute play, do you have ten minutes for her to tell you about it?
  • Ta-Da or Toodle-Oo
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Jim and Mr. W have a challenging working arrangement already--and Jim has reached the end of his rope when Mr. W starts to make unrealistic demands. Can they figure out an arrangement that works? And why does Mr. W hold so much sway over Jim anyways?
  • The Taking Tree
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Jake tries to get his friend Max to complete his family tree for a school project and ends up learning more about his friend than he anticipated. A play about the inevitability of life and death, and what we can do about it.
  • Things That Are Gray
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: Marty is a rebel and a prisoner. Lux is a commander and a guard. Once, they were friends, but things are different now. This is the future, and hopefully it's distant.
  • The Thought Doesn't Count
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Rebecca and Tim don't talk about their problems--but come on, could a sock monkey really be the thing to bring them back together?
  • Tin Man
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: It's Dean's third football injury to his knee. He might have to get surgery. He and his friend Max talk about it. Part of THE DUDES ANTHOLOGY.
  • The Wasn't Supposed to Girls
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Elaine has a weak mind, Miriam has a weak heart, and Patty has no courage, and they weren't supposed to be here.
  • Women's Ten Minute Play Selection Committee
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Who better to choose plays for a Women's Ten Minute Play Festival than three dudes??? Oh and some girl but don't worry about her she's cool.
  • You'll Go Down in History
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: 'Tis the season to visit people in prison I guess??
  • Balls
    FIVE MINUTE PLAY: Madeline's got some balls to talk as much as she does.
  • Teenage Oysters
    FIVE MINUTE PLAY: That awkward moment when you accidentally on purpose choke your least favorite misogynistic coworker with adolescent, rebellious oysters.
  • You're Fired
    FIVE MINUTE PLAY: Lisa had a small issue with the stove.
  • Cast List
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY: High school theater politics.
  • Day Six
    ONE MINUTE PLAY: Day Six. Life has become unbearable. Teddy has held onto his humanity as long as he can.

    Selected for the Gi60 UK Festival.
  • Don't Step in That!
    ONE MINUTE PLAY: Seriously, don't!
  • East, West, North, South
    ONE MINUTE PLAY: He's going to do right by her, but she can't be let down again.
  • Moving Day
    ONE MINUTE PLAY: It's time.
  • Well, No, But(t)
    ONE MINUTE PLAY: You have no idea what Karen said.
  • Women, Am I Right?
    ONE MINUTE PLAY: Bob, Harry, and Jack watch sports and talk about how emotional women can get. Because ughhhh womennnnn.
  • 10%
    MONOLOGUE: Sam is pretty sure she'll never hurt herself again. Pretty sure.
  • Drowned
    MONOLOGUE: A princess loved for her silence tries to find her voice.
  • I'm Having the Worst Day
    MONOLOGUE: Danielle's dad is dying so don't tell her you're having the worst day.
  • I Won't Take a Bullet for My Students
    MONOLOGUE: I won't.
  • Jason's Dog
    A MONOLOGUE: Jason loves his dog more than anything.
  • Oxygen Thief
    MONOLOGUE: A former soldier trying to come to terms with the terrible thing that happened to her hundreds of miles from a battlefield.
  • River, Run!
    MONOLOGUE: River has superpowers. River didn't ask for superpowers.
  • What I'll Be Remembered For
    MONOLOGUE: Leonard knows what he'll be remembered for, SO FINE WE'LL JUST TALK ABOUT THE TIME HE BARFED IN BIOLOGY. HAPPY NOW????
  • Required Reading
    FIVE MINUTE MIME: How do you think the characters in a book feel when you keep putting it down over and over again?