Claudia Haas

Claudia Haas

Claudia focuses on theatre for young audiences and inter-generational audiences. She seesaws between characters in their teens and roles for “fine-wine actresses.” She was an O’Neill Conference semifinalist for her 9/11 play Making Some Noise. Her plays have been widely produced in all fifty states as well as on five continents. Her youth plays have been developed through the Bonderman Symposium (now called “...
Claudia focuses on theatre for young audiences and inter-generational audiences. She seesaws between characters in their teens and roles for “fine-wine actresses.” She was an O’Neill Conference semifinalist for her 9/11 play Making Some Noise. Her plays have been widely produced in all fifty states as well as on five continents. Her youth plays have been developed through the Bonderman Symposium (now called “Write Now”), Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University, the Playwrights-in-our-Schools grant and the Old Miner’s Children’s Playwriting Contest at Utah Valley University. Her adult plays have been work shopped with The William Inge Short Play Festival, Workhouse Theatre, Little Lifeboats and Theatre Pro Rata. Honors include winner of the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award, Anna Zornio Playwriting Competition, AATE’s Unpublished Play Reading Project, University of Central Missouri’s Children’s Playwriting Competition, East Valley Children’s Theatre Playwriting Competition, Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Contest and others. Fifty of her plays are published. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, the Playwright’s Center of Minneapolis and the American Alliance for Theatre Education. Claudia lives in White Bear Lake (Twin Cities), MN where there are many loons and ducks that bring smiles but sadly no penguins.

Plays

  • Letters from Lisette
    There is a story that Kafka found a young girl weeping in a park. He tried to console her, but she was bereft. She had lost her doll and would never get over it. Kafka announces that he has a letter that he found and he wonders if it could be from her doll. It was! And so began a three-week correspondence where Kafka wrote daily letters for the girl from her travelling doll. Her doll was not lost. She was...
    There is a story that Kafka found a young girl weeping in a park. He tried to console her, but she was bereft. She had lost her doll and would never get over it. Kafka announces that he has a letter that he found and he wonders if it could be from her doll. It was! And so began a three-week correspondence where Kafka wrote daily letters for the girl from her travelling doll. Her doll was not lost. She was merely travelling to see the world. The story might have gone something like this… (This is new and looking for development.)
  • Not in Our Town
    A brick is thrown through a bedroom window of a five-year old boy. Someone was offended by a decal of a menorah in the window. The boy's parents are told to take down the decal and keep their menorah out of the window to stay safe. This does not sit well with the family or as it turns out with the townspeople of Billings, Montana. A true story of what happens when a town comes together to fight hate. The...
    A brick is thrown through a bedroom window of a five-year old boy. Someone was offended by a decal of a menorah in the window. The boy's parents are told to take down the decal and keep their menorah out of the window to stay safe. This does not sit well with the family or as it turns out with the townspeople of Billings, Montana. A true story of what happens when a town comes together to fight hate. The story of the transformation of the Skinhead is also true. The play offers the early days of the "Not in Our Town" movement which continues today. Ideal for the high school one-act competition and a play easy to showcase on Zoom.
  • My Brother's Gift - for the high school one-act play competition
    Culled from the full length version for schools. SYNOPSIS: Anne Frank’s family and Heinz Geiringer’s family were neighbors in Amsterdam. After both Heinz and Margot were “called up” to work in a Nazi Labor camp, they went into hiding at roughly the same time. Anne Frank left a diary showing the difficulties of growing up in hiding. Heinz Geiringer left over twenty paintings and a book of poetry which show us...
    Culled from the full length version for schools. SYNOPSIS: Anne Frank’s family and Heinz Geiringer’s family were neighbors in Amsterdam. After both Heinz and Margot were “called up” to work in a Nazi Labor camp, they went into hiding at roughly the same time. Anne Frank left a diary showing the difficulties of growing up in hiding. Heinz Geiringer left over twenty paintings and a book of poetry which show us both his hope for the future and the terror of the time. Heinz loved the arts. A trained musician, Heinz turned to painting and poetry to utilize his time. He painted on tea towels, pillowcases and any surface that he could find. During the play, we witness his artistic growth through his paintings, poetry and his sister’s remembrances. The paintings vary from a nostalgic love of the life he once led to the fears that were now part of his everyday existence. . From the tender age of fifteen to seventeen, Heinz created a body of work that exists to this day. After liberation, Otto Frank formed a close friendship with Fritzi Geiringer and Eva. As the survivors of their respective families, they understood each other. When Otto was given Anne’s diary, Fritiz (Mutti) and Eva set out to recover Heinz’s (and Pappy’s) paintings. The paintings are housed in the Dutch Resistance Museum. Fritzi married Otto Frank and they dedicated their lives to bringing Anne Frank’s diary to the world. Today, Eva Schloss travels the world as a speaker of peace and tolerance. She works to bring her brother’s artistry to the world and to celebrate her brother’s art. The play covers the power of art under unconscionable circumstances and how art is part of our collective humanity to cope, to heal and to hope. The play uses projections of Heinz's paintings for the set.
  • My Brother's Gift
    SYNOPSIS: Anne Frank’s family and Heinz Geiringer’s family were neighbors in Amsterdam. After both Heinz and Margot were “called up” to work in a Nazi Labor camp, they went into hiding at roughly the same time. Anne Frank left a diary showing the difficulties of growing up in hiding. Heinz Geiringer left over twenty paintings and a book of poetry which show us both his hope for the future and the terror of the...
    SYNOPSIS: Anne Frank’s family and Heinz Geiringer’s family were neighbors in Amsterdam. After both Heinz and Margot were “called up” to work in a Nazi Labor camp, they went into hiding at roughly the same time. Anne Frank left a diary showing the difficulties of growing up in hiding. Heinz Geiringer left over twenty paintings and a book of poetry which show us both his hope for the future and the terror of the time. Heinz loved the arts. A trained musician, Heinz turned to painting and poetry to utilize his time. He painted on tea towels, pillowcases and any surface that he could find. During the play, we witness his artistic growth through his paintings, poetry and his sister’s remembrances. The paintings vary from a nostalgic love of the life he once led to the fears that were now part of his everyday existence. . From the tender age of fifteen to seventeen, Heinz created a body of work that exists to this day. After liberation, Otto Frank formed a close friendship with Fritzi Geiringer and Eva. As the survivors of their respective families, they understood each other. When Otto was given Anne’s diary, Fritiz (Mutti) and Eva set out to recover Heinz’s (and Pappy’s) paintings. The paintings are housed in the Dutch Resistance Museum. Fritzi married Otto Frank and they dedicated their lives to bringing Anne Frank’s diary to the world. Today, Eva Schloss travels the world as a speaker of peace and tolerance. She works to bring her brother’s artistry to the world and to celebrate her brother’s art. The play covers the power of art under unconscionable circumstances and how art is part of our collective humanity to cope, to heal and to hope. The play uses projections of Heinz's paintings for the set.
  • A Paper Forest
    Gary is sent to help Lucy plant a forest. But the forest is planted and Lucy needs art – fast-food art – to keep the deer from eating her fledgling-forest. This could be the last forest planted in Minnesota because the forest really wants to move into Canada. A tale of climate change and clinging to hope. Ten-minutes.
  • Dear Anne, From Nina
    In 1940, a young Iowa farm girl picked the name of a pen pal out of a hat: Anne Frank. Their correspondence was brief but heartfelt. The play highlights the lives of four young girls as they come of age during the same time period but in vastly different circumstances. While Nina and Jeannie dream of escaping their Iowa farm home, Anne and Margot long for a world where they could live without restrictions and hate.
  • Making Some Noise
    Juliana, Emma and Nell see Nazis and terrorists around every corner. This is noted as the three sisters gather yet again for the anniversary of their mother’s tragic death on 9/11. What is the make-up of a life? Is it reduced to belongings and haphazard memories? They have basically been sitting Shiva every September 11th terror attacks. Juliana’s grieving tradition has taken a toll on her marriage. Emma who...
    Juliana, Emma and Nell see Nazis and terrorists around every corner. This is noted as the three sisters gather yet again for the anniversary of their mother’s tragic death on 9/11. What is the make-up of a life? Is it reduced to belongings and haphazard memories? They have basically been sitting Shiva every September 11th terror attacks. Juliana’s grieving tradition has taken a toll on her marriage. Emma who is always quick to please anyone is ready for a change. Things are turned upside down when Nell returns home and no longer wishes to continue the grieving tradition. The full length version was an Eugene O'Neill Semi-Finalist. 20 minutes.
  • Sunday Sauce
    Giancarlo has died. Anna and Emilia run to Tess’s side to help her through this difficult time. But Tess is amazingly calm. Is the make-up of a family blood? Bones? Pasta and opera? If you’re Italian – it probably is.

    The play was written to address the waste of “fine wine” actresses (over 40) that are too often absent on the stage these days.
  • 7 Weeks, 3 Days
    Emma visits her friend after 7 weeks and 3 days apart. It's awkward. She's awkward. Everything is awkward.
  • Just in Case Texts
    Ellie shares her texts with her best friend. Things are not always as they seem. A very, very short play.
  • A Kiss is Just a Kiss
    EVA blurts out that she would like JAKE to kiss her and all goes topsy-turvy with recollections of childhood and a possible love found – and lost.
  • Almost Mary
    Mary Anning is considered the first female paleontologist. She lived in Lyme Regis which is still a hotbed of fossils. She learned to find fossils at her father’s knee. After her father died, she continued to find fossils and sell them to help her family earn a meager living. This play chronicles her first big discovery at the age of thirteen: an ichthyosaur (fish lizard). Mary had little schooling but was a...
    Mary Anning is considered the first female paleontologist. She lived in Lyme Regis which is still a hotbed of fossils. She learned to find fossils at her father’s knee. After her father died, she continued to find fossils and sell them to help her family earn a meager living. This play chronicles her first big discovery at the age of thirteen: an ichthyosaur (fish lizard). Mary had little schooling but was a learner. She read incessantly, carefully chronicled and drew all of her findings. Her thirst for knowledge began at an early age (and was attributed to being hit struck by lightening although that is more lore than fact).

    Mary’s brother Joseph (at age 9!) found a large (4 feet) fossil head. Mary believes that the entire fossil could be found and the play is about her efforts – against all odds – to do so.
  • Bound by Stardust
    Fourteen year-old Miranda dwells in the past. Any past – as long as the world is prior to her father’s death 2 years ago. Reeling from her mother’s remarriage, Miranda spends a week with her great aunt and acquaints herself with an ancestor from her father’s past – the Russian Polar explorer Otto Schmidt.

    In the confines of Elsie’s apartment, Miranda travels back and forth to the North Pole...
    Fourteen year-old Miranda dwells in the past. Any past – as long as the world is prior to her father’s death 2 years ago. Reeling from her mother’s remarriage, Miranda spends a week with her great aunt and acquaints herself with an ancestor from her father’s past – the Russian Polar explorer Otto Schmidt.

    In the confines of Elsie’s apartment, Miranda travels back and forth to the North Pole gleaning information about the nature of the universe, loss and ever-lasting presence. As Miranda visits Otto in the past, Elsie is struggling to maintain the equilibrium she is barely holding to since her sister’s death. Trying to keep her crushing anxiety at bay, Elsie tries to give Miranda remembrance and closure.

    But Miranda will have none of it. She turns to the stars and devises a physics theory that she thinks will bring her face-to-face with her father one more time. But it's problematic - in order for it to work you need to travel faster than the speed of light. During her debates with Otto about the origins of the universe, Miranda carves a way to bring her back into the world.
  • A Tale of Two Ornaments
    Two ornaments on a Christmas tree are terrorized by a kitten. A short holiday play for teen actors.
  • Fossil Lady
    In spite of discovering some of the more extraordinary fossil finds of her time, Mary Anning finds herself dismissed by scholars and in such dire straits that she is selling all her worldly goods.
  • It's Special
    A mother proudly shows her daughter all the "back-to-school" stuff she bought her. Very, very, very short play.
  • Flying
    Flying is scary. Very scary. A very, very short play for teens.
  • Frosty the Rogue Man
    A short play about a catcalling snowman and the woman who tames him.
  • The End of the Road
    Beth and Letia are on a road trip to scatter their late mother’s ashes. But a fork in the road changes their plans. They end up on a road to nowhere with no idea how to back to somewhere.
  • Of Butterflies and Roses
    The memorial service for CLARA and LAUREL’s mother is done. The last guest has left and LAUREL and CLARA are now picking up the last pieces of comfort they can muster in their newly-orphaned world.
  • Alice, Pursued by a Bear
    Alice has worked at keeping her anxiety at bay. But the more she hides it, the bigger BEAR gets. ALICE finally has to face BEAR.
  • Smile, Baby
    Karma on the street. Another very, very short play.
  • The Forgetting Room
    In the aftermath of a school shooting, three teenagers are brought to the Forgetting Room so they can rest in peace. Part of the #Gun Control Now Protest Plays Project.
  • Healing
    After the Red Lake school shooting, five teenage survivors do an impromptu healing service. The play is part of the Code Red Playwrights Project.
  • Antigone in Munich: The Sophie Scholl Story
    Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose Society in Nazi Germany
    which encouraged passive resistance against the totalitarian government. The play chronicles her coming of age and development from bystander to witness to activist.
    NOTES ON CASTING: The play is based on real people and real events but this is not a documentary. It is an imagining of how Sophie Scholl became an activist in...
    Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose Society in Nazi Germany
    which encouraged passive resistance against the totalitarian government. The play chronicles her coming of age and development from bystander to witness to activist.
    NOTES ON CASTING: The play is based on real people and real events but this is not a documentary. It is an imagining of how Sophie Scholl became an activist in treacherous times. The people this story is based on were certainly Caucasian; the casting doesn’t need to be. It’s a story for everyone to be told by everyone. The entire play (and it's one-act version can be read for free at: https://www.yourstagepartners.com/products/antigone-in-munich
  • A Farm in New Jersey
    Edna Lewis would gain acclaim for her fresh, farm-to-table southern cooking. She was certainly ahead of her time. Alice Waters has proclaimed her as one of the founders of the local, fresh cooking movement. But it was a long journey to recognition. Created for 365 women a year project.