Aren Haun

Aren Haun

Aren Haun has received an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Short plays have been produced in cities around the world, including New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Albuquerque, and many others. They have been twice published in Smith & Kraus’s annual anthology of Best Ten-Minute Plays. Kill the Editor, a full-length, was produced at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco and published by Exit Press...
Aren Haun has received an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Short plays have been produced in cities around the world, including New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Albuquerque, and many others. They have been twice published in Smith & Kraus’s annual anthology of Best Ten-Minute Plays. Kill the Editor, a full-length, was produced at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco and published by Exit Press. Other productions include The Mating Instinct at 5th Wall Productions, Expecting at Players Theatre in NYC, and Froth at the Beckman Theatre in NYC. Development includes staged readings at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AZ, Chelsea Perkins at Dramatists Guild Footlight Series, and Too Good to Be True at Playwrights Center of SF. He currently teaches playwriting at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco.

Plays

  • The Lake
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. A boy and a girl discuss their uncertain future by the side of a lake.
  • 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.
  • Allegory of a Cafe
    10-MINUTE PLAY. A barista's life passes him by in the blink of an eye.
  • 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.
  • 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 PLAY. Sisyphus mistakes a climber named Henry as his replacement for his day off.
  • Parallax
    FULL-LENGTH. Vincent and Joe are con artists at the race track, preparing for their next score. After Vincent hits a big winner, he thinks about leaving the partnership. Then he meets Erin, a young actress, who asks Vincent to help her buy back the thoroughbred her family lost. Vincent decides to bet everything on starting a new life. Joe, however, has other plans.
  • 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.  And when Libby, Cameron’s previous editor and lover, returns to reclaim her rightful position as Lead 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.  And when Libby, Cameron’s previous editor and lover, returns to reclaim her rightful position as Lead Editor, Ben is forced to choose between them.
  • 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, which depicts a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student. When his wife reads an Advanced Reader Copy and identifies the student in the book as a senior named Mackenzie, she believes the affair is real. Soon Carl’s job, reputation, and relationship with his family are at...
    FULL LENGTH. Carl, a teacher in an elite private high school, is about to publish his third YA novel, The Mating Instinct, which depicts a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student. When his wife reads an Advanced Reader Copy and identifies the student in the book as a senior named Mackenzie, she believes the affair is real. Soon Carl’s job, reputation, and relationship with his family are at stake as the line between truth and fiction becomes increasingly blurred.
  • 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, which is surprisingly accepted.  Emma then meets Rob, a charming, intelligent young publisher, and soon her new fairy-tale life begins to resemble the same fantasy world she only previously imagined.
  • Too Good to Be True
    FULL-LENGTH. The year is 1928 and a new play by Max Barry has been playing to sold-out audiences out of town — the play depicts a recent true-life scandal involving William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davies, and a movie mogul named Thomas Ince who died under mysterious circumstances aboard Hearst’s yacht, The Onieda. Now, with two days before the New York opening, it is discovered that the facts...
    FULL-LENGTH. The year is 1928 and a new play by Max Barry has been playing to sold-out audiences out of town — the play depicts a recent true-life scandal involving William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davies, and a movie mogul named Thomas Ince who died under mysterious circumstances aboard Hearst’s yacht, The Onieda. Now, with two days before the New York opening, it is discovered that the facts depicted in the play never actually happened. In a panic, Sam Harris, the producer, Basil Dean, the director, and playwright Max Barry realize the only way to keep the public from finding out that their play is a fraud is by recreating the events of the play itself.
  • Big Dreams in a Tiny Apartment
    FULL-LENGTH. Alan and Lisa, a married couple living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, are terrified their lives are passing them by. Lisa believes that the only thing standing between Alan and success is … Alan himself. Alan vows to change but when his parents come for their first visit to New York, Alan finds himself playing out a familiar family drama. Ultimately, Alan realizes that the only way they can move...
    FULL-LENGTH. Alan and Lisa, a married couple living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, are terrified their lives are passing them by. Lisa believes that the only thing standing between Alan and success is … Alan himself. Alan vows to change but when his parents come for their first visit to New York, Alan finds himself playing out a familiar family drama. Ultimately, Alan realizes that the only way they can move forward is if he can see beyond his own shortcomings and learn to love the only life he has.
  • The Speed of Gravity
    FULL-LENGTH. Sandra is stuck on a bus that will explode if it goes below 50 miles per hour and there’s only one man who can save her: Keanu! If this sounds familiar, it’s because this play travels through an alternate universe that begins with the movie Speed and ends with the movie Gravity, with stops along the way at The Lake House, Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, and many others. The constant is Sandra...
    FULL-LENGTH. Sandra is stuck on a bus that will explode if it goes below 50 miles per hour and there’s only one man who can save her: Keanu! If this sounds familiar, it’s because this play travels through an alternate universe that begins with the movie Speed and ends with the movie Gravity, with stops along the way at The Lake House, Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, and many others. The constant is Sandra and Keanu themselves, whose relationship continues to evolve beyond seemingly impossible obstacles, both external and within themselves.