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Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

  • 1.  Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

    Posted 09-06-2019 11:14
    Hi folks,

    I'm looking to make some updates on my duo scene unit and looking for very contemporary play/scene suggestions. I have a very diverse group of actors who are interested in both comedy and exploring social issues. I'm always lacking in quality 2m scenes as well. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

    Ellie McIvor-Baker
    Theater Teacher and Director
    Portland OR

  • 2.  RE: Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

    Posted 09-09-2019 11:42
    Off the top of my head,
    2 F scene in Proof by David Auburn (Claire/Catherine).
    2M scene in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
    M+F scene in Radium Girls (Tom/Grace), M+F (Roeder/Mrs. Roeder in act 2)
    Reviving Ophelia: M+F (Alex/Lia) and 2F (Allie/Allie's Mom)
    Stardust (one-act) by Joanne Koch M+F (Luanne/Arthur)

    I may come up with more later

    Christopher Hamilton
    Drama Teacher
    Kennewick WA

  • 3.  RE: Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

    Posted 09-12-2019 08:24
    If you don't know I and You by Lauren Gunderson, I recommend checking it out and purchasing a copy immediately!

    Rosalind Flynn
    Head of the M.A. in Theatre Education
    Director, The High School Drama Institute
    The Catholic University of America
    Washington, DC

  • 4.  RE: Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

    Posted 09-13-2019 14:55
    I've used these successfully in class:
    • Mrai/Dray in Force Continuum by Kia Corthron (M/F)
    • Katurian/Topolski in The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh (2M)
    • Jeremy/Fatima in Unmerciful Good Fortune by Edwin Sanchez (M/F)
    I think there's a good teenager characters M/F scene in Dominique Morrisseau's "Pipeline." There's also at least one great scene between young-ish characters, M/F, in her play "Skeleton Crew."

    Cora Turlish
    Metuchen NJ

  • 5.  RE: Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

    Posted 09-16-2019 11:19
    Would you share your list with us?

    Sonja Brown, Theatre Teacher
    Thespian Troupe 839
    Galt High School

  • 6.  RE: Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

    Posted 09-17-2019 08:18
    I need to rotate my drama curriculum every 3 years for my advanced drama class. Can anyone share lessons or units for a duo scene unit?

    Amy Sando
    Minden NV

  • 7.  RE: Contemporary Duo Scene Ideas

    Posted 09-16-2019 16:17
    I'll second the Pillowman - lots of 2m sections to choose from. It's dark and you will probably need to clean up some of the language. My classes have loved working on the scenes.

    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA

    Theater kills ignorance