In pairs, actors will create a coherent and cohesive scene using only the lines provided. The actors must decide on their characters, the location, the situation, their motivations, and play the scene to a logical conclusion.

Directions: 

  1. Students pair up, or the leader pairs them up.
  2. Each pair receives ONE of the following scenes:

One

A: Help me.

B: I can’t.

Two

A: I’m sorry.

B: It’s all your fault.

Three

A: Stop it.

B: Make me.

Four

A: What are you doing?

B: What does it look like?

Five

A: It’s time to go.

B: Not yet.

Six

A: I need you.

B: Just a minute.

  1. The two lines in each scene are to be repeated over and over again, in order.
  2. Each pair should decide who the characters are and what situation they are in; i.e. for scene one, character A is stuck underneath a fallen tree, and character B is not strong enough to lift the tree.
  3. The actors can think about:
    • How many times the lines will repeat (at least 3)
    • What motivation(s) are happening for each character
    • How to create an arc for the scene – beginning, middle, and end – that develops emotionally for the characters
    • What is the subtext – the characters are saying the same words, but what do they really mean?
  4. Give actors 5-10 minutes to plan, then get the scenes up on their feet!
  5. Audience members should be observing closely.

 

3. The two lines in each scene are to be repeated over and over again, in order.

4.Each pair should decide who the characters are and what situation they are in; i.e. for scene one, character A is stuck underneath a fallen tree, and character B is not strong enough to lift the tree.

5. The actors can think about:

  • How many times the lines will repeat (at least 3)
  • What motivation(s) are happening for each character
  • How to create an arc for the scene – beginning, middle, and end – that develops emotionally for the characters
  • What is the subtext – the characters are saying the same words, but what do they really mean.
  • 6. Give actors 5-10 minutes to plan, then get the scenes up on their feet!
  • 7. Audience members should be observing closely.

The two lines in each scene are to be repeated over and over again in a predetermined situation, i.e., for scene one, character A is stuck underneath a fallen tree, and character B is not strong enough to lift the tree. The actors should decide the situation and how many times the lines will repeat.