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My Brother's Gift (one-act version) - Stage Partners

My Brother's Gift (one-act version)

inspired by true events


  One-act. 40-50 minutes

 5-15 actors 

 Based on the remarkable true story of Heinz Geiringer -- neighbor and friend of Anne Frank -- we follow the story of a young artist and loving brother living in unconscionable circumstances. A trained musician at only 15 and now forced to live in hiding and silence, Heintz turns to painting and poetry to express his everyday terror but hope of the future. Through Heinz's inspired paintings, nostalgic love of life, and his sister Eva's remembrances, we are shown the power of art to offer hope and healing.

***2022 AATE Distinguished Play Award Winner*** 

A full-length version of this play is also available.

High-resolution photos of Heinz’s paintings are available here to use as projections in the play.

A list of educational and classroom resources for this play is available here.

“The writing is rich and I believe school theatre programs will be eager to embrace this illuminating new drama.” – Dr. John Newman, Chair, Utah Valley University Department of Theatrical Arts

Royalty fee per performance: $60. Script fee for Printable PDF: $120 (print/copy as many times as you need for your production). Virtual Performance and Live-streaming rights are available. Contact us at with the details of your request.

Read the full play below - for free!

Watch now! Maria McConville, Education Director at Stage Partners, discusses My Brother’s Gift with playwright Claudia Haas and collaborator Eva Schloss.

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