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 performed in California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Oregon, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the UK, Germany, and Ireland. Her one act...
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 performed in California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Oregon, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the UK, Germany, and Ireland. Her one act "Back Cover" was selected as the 2018 Critic's Choice at the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group Competition and will have five more performances in the 2018-2019 season from two theatres in Iowa, a high school in Missouri, a high school in Florida, and a high school in Texas. Her ten-minute play "Ta-Da or Toodle-Oo" was selected for Heartland Theatre's Ten-Minute Play Festival as well as Spokane Stage Left's Playwrights Playground, 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.
  • 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.

    Multiple productions with high schools and children's theatre. ALWAYS open to more productions, inquire with the playwright! Great for high school theatre festivals!
  • The Cages We Build
    ONE ACT PLAY: Dean's dad isn't around, his mom despises him, 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Basketball: Abridged
    FIFTEEN MINUTE CHORAL READING PLAY: Eight jocks are gonna school you on how to play some ball. Part of THE DUDES ANTHOLOGY.
  • Blue
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Lilith loves the story of her Grandpa Lou, a heroic airplane pilot, but stories are just stories.
  • 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.
  • 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?

    Selection: Stillwater Short Play Festival and Red Eye 10s: International Short Playfestival.
  • 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?
  • 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. Part of THE DUDES ANTHOLOGY.
  • 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!
  • The Heroes in This Story
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Maybe they always wanted to be heroes, but not like this.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. SELECTION: A Light in Dark Places.
  • 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?

    Selected for Theatre Evolve's New Works Festival.
  • 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?

    Selection for Heartland Theatre's Ten Minute Play Festival, and Spokane Stage Left's Playwrights Playground.
  • 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?

    Selected for the Midwest Dramatists Convention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.