Heidi Kraay

Heidi Kraay

Playwright Heidi Kraay examines the connection between brain and body, seeking empathy with fractured characters. Her work pulls myth, metaphor and monsters together to attempt connections across difference. Plays include see in the dark, How To Hide Your Monster, New Eden, Me and My Shadow and Kilgore, as well as several co-devised plays, one-acts, plays for young audiences and short plays. Her work has been...
Playwright Heidi Kraay examines the connection between brain and body, seeking empathy with fractured characters. Her work pulls myth, metaphor and monsters together to attempt connections across difference. Plays include see in the dark, How To Hide Your Monster, New Eden, Me and My Shadow and Kilgore, as well as several co-devised plays, one-acts, plays for young audiences and short plays. Her work has been presented in Boise, regionally, in NYC and internationally, most recently through Trinity Street Players, Tomo Suru Players, Thingamajig Theatre Company, the Alternative Theater Company, Idaho State University, Boise Contemporary Theater, Migration Theory, Opal Theatre Company, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat & Workshop, HomeGrown Theatre, id Theater and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Heidi is a founding artistic associate for Migration Theory, a physical art company in Boise, for which she co-devised SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething and small matters. She teaches for the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing at Boise State University and for The Cabin, a literary center in Boise. Heidi holds an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. www.heidikraay.com.

Plays

  • Unwind: Hindsight is 2020
    In the midst of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, a research scientist races to uncover how stress impacts the human body in this moment and womxn’s bodies in particular, how that connects with the earth’s stress response throughout history and how all our anxiety is colliding while personal, national and global crises overpowers humanity’s consciousness. The scientist and her research participants connect across...
    In the midst of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, a research scientist races to uncover how stress impacts the human body in this moment and womxn’s bodies in particular, how that connects with the earth’s stress response throughout history and how all our anxiety is colliding while personal, national and global crises overpowers humanity’s consciousness. The scientist and her research participants connect across technology, dreamscape, starscape and future asking in light of all this, how we can stay strong, stay calm and heal in the face of disaster.

    Concept by Heidi Kraay and Kate Kraay, script by Heidi Kraay. Inspired by survey responses from 90+ individuals.
  • see in the dark
    When a young girl shows up in the desolate village that Juneau, Alaska has become, the surviving community embraces her as their new hope. That is, until a boy is found hunting her down with brutal accusations. Set in a future Juneau, Alaska, after all the glaciers have melted, the ice fields have vanished and nothing is recognizable, see in the dark is a mythic look at the value of compassion over suspicion.
  • small matters: a big project about little things
    A devised theater experience co-created with Tracy Sunderland, Sarah Gardner, Lisa Lechner, Cameron Needham and the Migration Theory artists.

    a piece about being in between
    about caring for each other
    about the only love story ever told
    about west downtown boise
    about all the little things
    that change our lives in big ways
  • How to Hide Your Monster
    Savannah answers a cry for help from her sister, who just met her grandfather and is taking care of him at his home, and travels to support her. When their mom joins them, Savannah discovers that the hidden secrets between all of them are growing a storm in this space between her, her sister and her mom that will blow up out of the monster she’s been pushing down inside herself. They have to decide if the truth...
    Savannah answers a cry for help from her sister, who just met her grandfather and is taking care of him at his home, and travels to support her. When their mom joins them, Savannah discovers that the hidden secrets between all of them are growing a storm in this space between her, her sister and her mom that will blow up out of the monster she’s been pushing down inside herself. They have to decide if the truth they uncover will connect or fracture them forever.
  • SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething
    A devised theater experience co-created with Tracy Sunderland and Sarah Gardner

    Travel through downtown Boise's interior and exterior landscapes through five parts of a love story from meet to loss, in order to fall in love with this place to start over from here.
  • New Eden
    Lost in a blizzard, Brian stumbles upon Michael’s warm and welcoming cabin. Lost and longing to please God, Michael's chance for salvation stumbles in from the cold. One disciple is a good beginning...but Michael has his eye on disciple number two. With Brian's help, she’ll join them soon--the key to the New World, she can save us all.
  • DIRT
    Holistic Growth Team's long life serum can put Boise on the map and make the Treasure Valley a bubble of prosperity. But when a mother driven by loss and instinct uncovers the key to this corporation’s success, the consequences of perfect health may be unbearable.

    Script by Heidi Kraay; Story by Heidi Kraay, Chad Shohet, Sarah Gardner, Jennifer Stockwell, Jaime Nebeker.
  • Me and My Shadow
    When Marianne’s father dies, she finds comfort in childhood imaginary friends. Absorbed in an invented reality, she cuts herself off from daily life to a catatonic degree. Forced into hospitalization, she expresses her mind through art and ends up saving herself by her own terms.
  • Kilgore
    Greg was raised by his grandfather Tate. Or maybe it's the other way around. On the run from yet another one of Tate's disastrous relationship choices, the two find themselves in small-town Texas...that is until Greg falls for Katie, his dedication is pushed to its limit and all three are forced to face their past.
  • Rajpurr: Tale of a Tiger
    When a tiger cub's mom dies, she heads out with her bunny friend and a tag-a-long caterpillar to find her father so he can teach her how to hunt. When her dad's no help, she has to figure out how to survive on her own with her new family. This play about friendship, adventure and transformation asks how we talk to our children about grief.

  • Slap! A Beaver Tale
    When a construction company starts building on her family's pond, young beaver Thistle rallies her marshland friends to help her protest -- peacefully. But when everything gets out of paw and Thistle gets trapped, her family has to make waves together to find her and protect all the wetland creatures from disaster caused by progress.
  • Polar Opposites: An Impossible Tale
    About ice. And melting. And drowning. And saving. A play featuring animals of the Arctic and Antarctic trying to save their homes and two children much closer to the equator who help them – who are brave enough to try. If we all work together, do we have a chance at making it through?
  • CloudMelt
    When Agnes starts to forget herself, she returns to her honeymoon spot for one last breath before finding her husband in the life after this one. But out of a storm comes a teenage stranger to interrupt her plans…a girl who feels strangely familiar. This play about last goodbyes asks how love and other supernatural cloudbursts can connect us across difference, across cosmos, across lifetimes and forgetting.
  • CloudMelt (radio play)
    When Agnes starts to forget herself, she returns to her honeymoon spot for one last breath before finding her husband in the life after this one. But then the storm and the cold and in comes this teenage stranger to interrupt her plans…a girl who feels strangely familiar. This story about last goodbyes asks how love and other supernatural cloudbursts can connect us across difference, across cosmos, across lifetimes and forgetting.
  • Hoarse
    When Janet loses her voice, it's the last straw that breaks her, but it's the first time she's listened in years.
  • The Toxic Edge and the Precipice of Memory
    A woman tries to get her memory back in order to get her life back but ends up losing all her memory in order to save her sister’s life.
  • The Good Life
    A loving family moves into the perfect house, but when the house demands a sacrifice, the cost of perfection is monstrous.
  • The Pond Out Back
    New at school, Greta faces bullies, and unwittingly summons three monsters from her dreams. At first they terrify her, but they want to help. Their solution may be worse than the problem.
  • Cut Here
    Corey goes to the basement to retrieve her cat, stays for alone time, and gets ensnared by a voice in a little hole in the wall. Catching her attention, the house sucks her inside its structure. To get out, she has to lose something of herself.
  • Hideaway Hotel
    At a hotel getaway, Genna tries to confront Sammy about his behavior, but he turns it around and convinces her she’s to blame because of her sleepwalking. As their relationship unravels over the course of minutes, Genna finds herself approaching a freedom she didn’t know she needed.
  • lift
    A woman with terminal cancer takes a last balloon ride up to the troposphere and meets a young albatross who helps her die the way she wants, a gift that will help him earn a mate.
  • The Way Up
    Three high school friends cope with the loss of their friend by climbing to the top of the same construction site where she jumped to her death.
  • Ways Not To Drown
    Kern and Fan love each other more than life. But when the end of their lives (and the world as we know it) approach fast from the worst flood ever, parting might be their path to survival.
  • Somewhere on the Pacific
    A strange, beautiful woman tries to save two honeymooners stranded at sea after a plane crash, but their mixed trust of her sincere kindness brings out her violent, ancient sea monster inside.
  • Late Night Snack
    When a demon turned Horrific Puppet Affair host is accused of no longer being scary, he tries to prove himself by eating all the children in the world, only to discover that the best plan taking over is to get Donald Trump elected President of the United States.
  • Float On
    Cam and Zoe spiral out at home during the COVID-19 outbreak -- but spring is here.
  • Drastic Dragon Station
    A monster kept as a prisoner of war in a woman's brain is tortured as her constant creating drowns him with ink, but this overworking ends up turning the tables.
  • Dog Gambit
    A couple hit a dog and try to revive it, only to discover that they are now under the dog's control.
  • Deer You
    A woman tries to push a deer out from the middle of the road but is turned into roadkill in the process.
  • Drown
    Mesmerized with the ocean, a swimmer gets pulled down to the world below and drowns. Before she dies, underwater creatures transform her into a fish. She gets eaten and coughed out of a much larger animal, given another chance at life -- as a fish.
  • Keep Her Dancing
    A woman uses a toxic spray to keep men away from her at the club.
  • Carny Veil
    After a year of romantic misadventures, disasters and loss with a ragtag carnival crew, coming close to death is the only thing that saves Amy. Now it's her turn to save her daughter's life by sharing this secret.
  • Survivors
    Dani finds a shelter when the earth and all its animals, plants and elements fight back to regain balance lost when humans were in control. After reinforcing her safe location, her refuge becomes her cell as she waits out the destruction above ground.