Aren Haun

Aren Haun

Aren Haun has an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. He has been writing and directing his own work for over 20 years. Recent developmental readings include Parallax (Last Frontier Theater Festival) and Chelsea Perkins (Abacus Arts, London). Short plays have been published by Smith & Kraus and produced in theaters around the world. He currently lives in San Francisco where he teaches Playwriting at...
Aren Haun has an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. He has been writing and directing his own work for over 20 years. Recent developmental readings include Parallax (Last Frontier Theater Festival) and Chelsea Perkins (Abacus Arts, London). Short plays have been published by Smith & Kraus and produced in theaters around the world. He currently lives in San Francisco where he teaches Playwriting at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.

Plays

  • Kill the Editor
    FULL-LENGTH. When Ben lands his dream job editing a feature-length documentary film to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, he doesn’t realize that Cameron, the self-obsessed, maniacal director, is attached to a five-hour version and doesn’t want to touch a frame. And when Libby, the previous editor who Cameron fired after they began to sleep together, returns demanding her job back, Ben finds...
    FULL-LENGTH. When Ben lands his dream job editing a feature-length documentary film to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, he doesn’t realize that Cameron, the self-obsessed, maniacal director, is attached to a five-hour version and doesn’t want to touch a frame. And when Libby, the previous editor who Cameron fired after they began to sleep together, returns demanding her job back, Ben finds himself suddenly caught between them. With only five days before the screening, Ben desperately attempts to satisfy everyone’s expectations while simultaneously create a work of art.
  • What Else Is New
    ONE-ACT. Mark is a young art student, working in a burger place. One day an eccentric customer comes in, an older man named Bruno. Bruno tries to make a connection with Mark, but his aggressive manner keeps Mark at a distance. Though they are at entirely places in their lives — they are both lonely guys who pay a price for their isolation.
  • Parallax
    FULL-LENGTH. Vincent and Joe are small-time grifters who spend their days at the racetrack, living one race to the next. Their next mark is Erin, an out-of-work actress, who is using her mother’s inheritance to try to buy back the family racehorse, called Parallax, which her father gambled away. When Vincent discovers, however, that Erin’s story doesn’t quite add up, all bets are off. Parallax is a story of...
    FULL-LENGTH. Vincent and Joe are small-time grifters who spend their days at the racetrack, living one race to the next. Their next mark is Erin, an out-of-work actress, who is using her mother’s inheritance to try to buy back the family racehorse, called Parallax, which her father gambled away. When Vincent discovers, however, that Erin’s story doesn’t quite add up, all bets are off. Parallax is a story of deception and control, with twists and turns, that leaves the audience guessing right up to the finish line.
  • The Mating Instinct
    FULL-LENGTH. Carl, an English teacher in an elite, private high school, is the author of two Young Adult novels and is about to publish his third, The Mating Instinct. Unlike his first two books, his latest depicts a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student. After the proof (an advanced copy of the book) is released, it doesn't take long for Carl's wife, fellow teachers, the administration...
    FULL-LENGTH. Carl, an English teacher in an elite, private high school, is the author of two Young Adult novels and is about to publish his third, The Mating Instinct. Unlike his first two books, his latest depicts a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student. After the proof (an advanced copy of the book) is released, it doesn't take long for Carl's wife, fellow teachers, the administration, and even the entire student body to realize that the young girl characterized in the book is based on a senior named Mackenzie. Soon Carl’s job, reputation, and relationship with his family are at stake as the line between truth and fiction gets increasingly blurred.
  • Too Good to Be True
    FULL-LENGTH. It’s 1928. A new play by Max Barry depicting a recent true-life scandal (involving Charlie Chaplin, portrayed by Archie Leach, a.k.a Cary Grant) has been playing to sold-out audiences out of town and is about to make its Broadway debut. The day before the New York opening, however, Max sees Thomas Ince, the subject of his play who he thinks is dead, alive and well on 8th Avenue. In a panic, Max and...
    FULL-LENGTH. It’s 1928. A new play by Max Barry depicting a recent true-life scandal (involving Charlie Chaplin, portrayed by Archie Leach, a.k.a Cary Grant) has been playing to sold-out audiences out of town and is about to make its Broadway debut. The day before the New York opening, however, Max sees Thomas Ince, the subject of his play who he thinks is dead, alive and well on 8th Avenue. In a panic, Max and the producers hatch a desperate plan to recreate the events on The Onieda to justify the events of the play itself.
  • 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.
  • If We Only Knew
    10-MINUTE PLAY. Two college students in the 60s meet in a cafeteria and experience a lifetime together.
  • A Walk in the Park
    10-MINUTE PLAY. A couple are mugged by an extremely polite mugger.
  • Usherette
    10-MINUTE PLAY. An overqualified woman in desperate circumstances applies for a movie theater usher position.
  • 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.
  • Sisyphus's Day Off
    10-MINUTE. Sisyphus gets tired of rolling the rock up the hill so he asks Zeus for a day off and instead meets Henry, a climber who works in a bank.
  • The Lake
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. A boy and a girl discuss their uncertain future by the side of a lake.