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Playwright Q & A

  1. Playwright Q&A with Claudia Haas, Author of Dear Anne, From Nina

    Playwright Claudia Haas has written the poignant and beautiful Dear Anne, From Nina based on the pen pal exchange between the Frank sisters and two American sisters in Iowa. Stage Partners Education Director Maria McConville chatted with Claudia to find out how she encountered this story, what inspired her to bring it to the stage, and how she hopes the play will inspire young people to stand up to injustice.

    An Interview with Playwright Claudia Haas:

    MARIA MCCONVILLE: I was fascinated to find out that Anne Frank had, for a brief moment in time, an American pen pal! How did you come across this story? Were you asked to write the Play or did you ask to write the play?

    CLAUDIA HAAS: I saw an article in the BBC about the brief penpal exchange. It sent me on a research mission through google to learn more. When I discovered there was a museum dedicated to the small but important exchange of letters in Danville, Iowa, I knew I needed to pay them a visit. Danville is only about a day’s drive from my home in Minnesota, so it was all just luck that I was able to explore in-person. I had recently come home from a trip to Amsterdam where I visited the Anne Frank House. Seeing the cramped hiding space versus the openness of the farm in Iowa was very poignant. I

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  2. Playwright Q&A with Rocco Natale and Jason Pizzarello, Authors of The Cast List

    Playwrights Rocco Natale and Jason Pizzarello teamed up to write the hilarious one-act comedy The Cast List. Rocco Natale is the Executive Director of the arts organization, Open Arts Alliance, Jason Pizzarello is one of the co-founders of Stage Partners. Even though Rocco sits on the other side of the casting table now and Jason only performs for his two young daughters, these two former theatre students remember all too well what it is like to wait for the cast list to be posted!

    An Interview with Playwrights Rocco Natale and Jason Pizzarello:

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  3. Playwright Q&A with Nina Mansfield, Author of Antigone: 3021

    Theater teacher and playwright Nina Mansfield talks about her virtual adaptation of an ancient classic, ANTIGONE: 3021, with Stage Partners Education Director Maria McConville. Find out how Mansfield adjusted her Fall Play to a virtual setting and what she thinks about this new way of creating theater.

    Photos from the Harrison High School production of Anitgone: 3021,

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  4. Playwright Q&A with Will Quam, Author of Reunion (After the End of the World)

    Playwright and Teaching Artist Will Quam talks about his new play REUNION (AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD) with Education Director, Maria McConville. Find out Quam’s inspiration for this beautiful full-length drama that explores the resilience of children in the face of the unimaginable.

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  5. Playwright Q&A with Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon, authors of Alice in Winter Wonderland

    Stage Partners got to sit down with playwrights Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon, authors of Alice in Winter Wonderland, a new adaptation inspired by the stories and characters created by Lewis Carroll On a dreary Christmas Eve, Alice follows a White Rabbit down its hole, plummeting her into Wonderland in the middle of winter. Now it's up to Alice, and many of Lewis Carroll’s iconic characters, to restore Wonder to Wonderland.

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  6. Playwright Q&A with Don Zolidis, author of The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig

    In non-chronological order, Amy and Craig dissect and examine their tortuous first love affair in scenes that are both heartbreaking and hilarious.

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  7. Playwright Q&A: Werner Trieschmann, author of Fake News!

    Playwright Q&A:

    Werner Trieschmann

    Stage Partners got to sit down with playwright Werner Trieschmann, author of Fake News!, a hilarious and timely new play that rips the headlines. 

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  8. Playwright Q&A: Claudia Haas, author of Antigone in Munich

    Playwright Q&A:

    Claudia Haas

    Stage Partners got to sit down with playwright Claudia Haas, author of Antigone in Munich: The Sophie Scholl Story, a beautiful new play that brings an important story to the stage. Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose Society in Nazi Germany which encouraged passive resistance against the totalitarian

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