Hannah Vaughn

Hannah Vaughn

Hannah Vaughn’s full-length plays include Away From, The Unfathomable Blue, and Look Up or Why We Don’t Go Camping Anymore. Away From was work-shopped at Dixon Place with director Ilana Becker and for Live Source Theatre Group. Look Up, or Why We Don’t Go Camping Anymore was developed at Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Artist Retreat in 2016. In 2017, The Unfathomable Blue had a staged reading as part of Paper Kraine...
Hannah Vaughn’s full-length plays include Away From, The Unfathomable Blue, and Look Up or Why We Don’t Go Camping Anymore. Away From was work-shopped at Dixon Place with director Ilana Becker and for Live Source Theatre Group. Look Up, or Why We Don’t Go Camping Anymore was developed at Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Artist Retreat in 2016. In 2017, The Unfathomable Blue had a staged reading as part of Paper Kraine and was part of The Navigators’ Dark Matter Reading Series. Her one-act plays include Officially Unofficial, The Morning After Alex Leaves, M and The Water Man, and Violet Clifford’s Senior Prank Extravaganza. Her plays have been produced by The Players Theatre, The Navigators, Left Coast Theatre Company, and Actors Theatre of Santa Cruz. She is the co-creator, co-writer, and co-star of the hit web series, Dates Like This.

Plays

  • Look Up, Or Why We Don't Go Camping Anymore
    Old college friends reunite on a camping trip, but the weekend quickly goes awry when Jen comes out to her husband, James, and he goes missing in the woods.
    Jen and her best friend, Michelle, hide his disappearance from the rest of the group: Eddie, Patrick, and Emily, Patrick’s 15-year-old daughter who has come on the trip with him. When James has still not returned by the next morning, Michelle, Jen,...
    Old college friends reunite on a camping trip, but the weekend quickly goes awry when Jen comes out to her husband, James, and he goes missing in the woods.
    Jen and her best friend, Michelle, hide his disappearance from the rest of the group: Eddie, Patrick, and Emily, Patrick’s 15-year-old daughter who has come on the trip with him. When James has still not returned by the next morning, Michelle, Jen, and Patrick go out to search for him, leaving Eddie and Emily alone. As Eddie and Emily talk, their conversation turns weirdly flirtatious and they kiss. The next day the group awakes eager to continue their search for James, only to discover his dead, mangled body on a nearby cliff. The shock of James’ death leads to terrible decisions and the remaining friendships shatter apart.
  • The Unfathomable Blue
    In The Unfathomable Blue, life on the surface of the earth has been uninhabitable for nearly a century, compelling humans to live their re-colonized lives in Dome societies deep under the ocean. The Dome societies are structured into class systems, which define the job stratas that keep life within running smoothly.

    On Molly’s first day as the youngest female Dome Guard in history, she clashes...
    In The Unfathomable Blue, life on the surface of the earth has been uninhabitable for nearly a century, compelling humans to live their re-colonized lives in Dome societies deep under the ocean. The Dome societies are structured into class systems, which define the job stratas that keep life within running smoothly.

    On Molly’s first day as the youngest female Dome Guard in history, she clashes with her guard partner, Greg, an overconfident goon from a higher class. Despite their initial friction, Molly and Greg soon bond over their love of exploring the simulation rooms in the Terra Museum, their disdain for parents, and Molly’s ability to save Greg’s butt.

    After a seemingly routine guard assignment, Molly discovers a large crack in the glass dome that protects her home and the lives within. When Molly’s brother Zach, a Dome Sanitation worker, reveals that he also knows of the crack, Molly brings Greg in on the terrifying secret. With the future of the world hanging in the balance, they scheme to uncover the cause of the crack and stop it from its growing path towards their doom.
  • Cincinnati by the Sea
    It’s been almost a year and a half since the great flood and only a month since Freddie’s wife, Cleo, abandoned the family. Now a single parent, Freddie struggles to make enough money to buy the medicine her mother, Pip, desperately needs and faces growing distrust from her son, Noah. Trying to keep her family together, Freddie takes a second job as a diver, scavenging beneath the ocean for sentimental items...
    It’s been almost a year and a half since the great flood and only a month since Freddie’s wife, Cleo, abandoned the family. Now a single parent, Freddie struggles to make enough money to buy the medicine her mother, Pip, desperately needs and faces growing distrust from her son, Noah. Trying to keep her family together, Freddie takes a second job as a diver, scavenging beneath the ocean for sentimental items abandoned in the great flood. Freddie is haunted by a vision of Cleo bent on not letting her move on while Noah falls head-over-heels for a local boy named Paul. Noah and Freddie are pulled further apart and struggle with the daily challenges of post-apocalyptic life. When their relationship reaches a breaking point, Noah runs away leaving Freddie with one last chance to find him and keep her family together.
  • Away From
    Mal travels to India to pick up her estranged twin sister Faye’s ashes. She is mistaken for her sister by Faye’s fiancé, Nikhil, who has not yet learned of Faye’s death. As weeks pass, Mal remains closed off, while Nikhil tries to connect with her. Faye shows up in Nebraska, alive and searching for Mal. She is confronted with the implications of her long absence and is paralyzed by the responsibilities Mal has...
    Mal travels to India to pick up her estranged twin sister Faye’s ashes. She is mistaken for her sister by Faye’s fiancé, Nikhil, who has not yet learned of Faye’s death. As weeks pass, Mal remains closed off, while Nikhil tries to connect with her. Faye shows up in Nebraska, alive and searching for Mal. She is confronted with the implications of her long absence and is paralyzed by the responsibilities Mal has borne. Faye makes several rash decisions, including pulling her unstable father out of the mental home. Mal goes into a tailspin when she learns that her father is missing and she and Nikhil race back to the States to find him. As the twins finally confront each other, the effects on their father and their future is uncertain.
  • A House of Tiny
    Jake and Isabelle live in a tiny house by a lake. Jake comes home from town one day with news that the King has left their kingdom. Jake and Isabelle struggle with the abandonment by their beloved leader and Isabelle sends Jake on a mission to find the King and bring him back.

    Months later, Jake returns from the journey empty-handed to find the kingdom and Isabelle drastically changed. A new...
    Jake and Isabelle live in a tiny house by a lake. Jake comes home from town one day with news that the King has left their kingdom. Jake and Isabelle struggle with the abandonment by their beloved leader and Isabelle sends Jake on a mission to find the King and bring him back.

    Months later, Jake returns from the journey empty-handed to find the kingdom and Isabelle drastically changed. A new steward has taken power in the King’s absence, and has seized all private property and forced hundreds of citizens to leave their homes and live in camps on the land surrounding Jake and Isabelle’s house.

    As months pass, conditions in the kingdom worsen as the steward continues to seize property, restrict access to healthcare, and take away schools and guns throughout the kingdom. As Jake and Isabelle run out of money and options, they get more and more desperate.

    Upon hearing that the steward is planning an inspection visit to the camp surrounding their house, Isabelle plots his assassination and begs Jake to help. When their plan succeeds, Jake and Isabelle are confronted with the unhappy truth that even with the steward gone, their kingdom is in chaos and nothing can ever be the same as it was before.
  • M and The Water Man
    The Earth’s spin has slowed and the sun is scorching relentlessly as The Water Man makes his last delivery to M, a recluse living in the desert. When The Water Man invites M to join him in the remaining underground community, M must decide if she wants to live or die.
  • Violet Clifford's Senior Prank Extravaganza
    On an early summer night at the end of the senior year, Lucy shows up to help her old friend Violet with a senior prank. When Violet reveals that they will be dumping blood, not Jell-O, into their teacher’s pool, Lucy starts to suspect that the prank is much more serious than she imagined. When Violet reveals her true motives, the night takes an unusual turn.
  • Alex
    Alex has gone away to college leaving nothing but an emotional void in her mothers' lives. But the morning after Alex's first night away, empty-nesters Lori and Sandy attempt to cope with this new separation in very different ways.
  • Officially Unofficial
    With Christmas break looming, college sophomore Nisha distracts herself by continuing to hook up with her longtime friend, Josh. As they sort through their unofficial status, Nisha’s family issues complicate their relationship.