Aren Haun

Aren Haun

Aren Haun received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Full-length plays include Kill the Editor at Exit Theatre, The Mating Instinct at 5th Wall Productions, and Expecting at Players Loft, NYC. He currently teaches playwriting at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. arenhaun.com.

Plays

  • Big Dreams in a Tiny Apartment
    FULL-LENGTH. Alan and Lisa are a married couple in their late 30s, living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, terrified their lives are passing them by. One day, Alan thinks he’s caught his big break when a producer becomes interested in his screenplay.
  • Chelsea Perkins
    FULL-LENGTH. After completing her magnum opus – an angsty, bitter novel about life’s inherent unfairness – Emma writes a second book for her own amusement, a send-up of the “chick-lit” genre entitled Chelsea Perkins. After the book is published, her new fairy-tale life begins to resemble the same fantasy world she only previously imagined.
  • Convictions
    FULL-LENGTH. Victoria’s life is catapulted into chaos when she falls in love with her client, a man on death row. Her family and friends believe she’s lost her mind, but she is determined to follow both her heart and convictions, whatever the cost.
  • Expecting
    FULL-LENGTH. The year is 1972. Alice and Neil are expecting Frank, Neil’s old college roommate, for a visit, but are surprised when Frank shows up with a 17 year old girl named Taylor.
  • Kill the Editor
    FULL-LENGTH. Ben, a young editor, has just landed his dream job to edit a documentary film at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The catch is: he only has one week to cut the previous five-hour version down to size and the egomaniacal, obsessive filmmaker, Cameron, doesn’t want to touch a frame.
  • The Mating Instinct
    FULL LENGTH. Carl, a teacher in an elite private high school, is about to publish his third YA novel, The Mating Instinct, depicting a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student, which everyone, including his wife, believes is based on actual affair.
  • Parallax
    FULL-LENGTH. Vincent and Joe are con artists at the racetrack, living only for the next race.  After a big win, Vincent meets an actress named Erin and begins to dream of starting a new life.
  • A Separation
    FULL-LENGTH. In 1977, after completing the “est” training seminar (an intensive, transformative seminar designed to address personal accountability), Stan quits his job and separates from his wife, but the wall of reality comes crashing down after his wife leaves Chris, their twelve year-old son, in Stan’s care.
  • The Speed of Gravity
    Sandra and Keanu develop a romance while driving a bus that has to maintain a speed of 50 mph or else it will explode. After that, they move to a lake house where their relationship takes a turn. Keanu thinks he might be the chosen one and Sandra is having trouble with her blind side.
  • Too Good to Be True
    FULL-LENGTH. A new play written in 1928, billed as a “true story,” has been playing to sold-out audiences out of town and is just about to make its New York debut. Now, with two days before the New York opening, it is discovered that the facts depicted in the play never actually took place.
  • What Else Is New
    ONE-ACT. Mark is an art student, working in a burger place. One day an eccentric customer comes in, an older man named Bruno.
  • Allegory of a Cafe
    10-MINUTE PLAY. A barista's life passes him by in the blink of an eye.
  • Longshot
    10-MINUTE PLAY. The day after her father’s death, Christine finds a notebook containing her father’s final horse racing picks. When every pick begins to win, she decides to bet everything she has on a longshot.
  • Standing Room Only
    10-MINUTE PLAY. A group of people wait in line for standing room only tickets to a show they aren't sure they even want to see.
  • Usherette
    10-MINUTE PLAY. An overqualified woman in desperate circumstances applies for a movie theater usher position.
  • A Walk in the Park
    10-MINUTE PLAY. A couple are mugged by an extremely polite mugger.
  • Sisyphus's Day Off
    10-MINUTE PLAY. Sisyphus mistakes a climber named Henry as his replacement for his day off.
  • The Lake
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. A boy and a girl discuss their uncertain future by the side of a lake.