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Looking for good three-character scenes

  • 1.  Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-04-2017 07:55
    I am cursed with the odd number of kids in an advanced acting workshop.  I have a good mix of men and women, so that's not an issue. It's difficult to find quality scenes for 3 actors in which one is not 'blade of grass #17'. I need scenes that three kids with some ability and experience can all sink their teeth into.  Thank you. 

    Michael Bergman

    "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time" 
    ― Thomas Merton








  • 2.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-04-2017 19:31
    I have quite a few 3-character scenes from published plays on my website. All my monologues, duets, and trios are free to download, print and photocopy for educational purposes.

    http://www.donzolidis.com/actorsscene.html

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    Don Zolidis
    Austin TX
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  • 3.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-05-2017 08:54
    Luv by Murray Schisgal is a fun 3 person (2M, 1 F) show.

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    [William] [Myatt] [Director of Theatre]

    [Pleasant Valley High School]

    [myattw@pleasval.k12.ia.us][563-332-5151][Bettendorf][IA][USA]
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  • 4.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-07-2017 00:49
    ​I have a 3-character scene from a published play on my website too.
    (And of course, all my monologues, duets, and trios are free to read for educational purposes.)
    Break a leg!

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    Luigi Jannuzzi Educator & Playwright
    All The King's Women
    Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies
    www.LuigiJannuzzi.com
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  • 5.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-05-2017 12:55
    I use the following (depending on my students' maturity level):

    The Children's Hour (Mary, Peggy, Evelyn, cut Rosalie's few lines)
    The Marriage Proposal
    Words Words Words
    The Philadelphia
    Sad and Glad from Almost, Maine
    True West (Lee, Austin, and Mom; Lee, Austin, and Saul)
    Reasons to be Pretty (Steph, Greg, and Carly)
    Vanities





  • 6.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-05-2017 10:52
    Three popped into my mind from college acting classes - a rather random and quirkcy collection!

    Madwomen of Chaillot
    No Exit (depending on maturity level and school climate - certain sections might work)
    On the Verge (there is a fourth character, but there are lots of three person sections)

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    Kristin Hall
    Drama Director
    Lincoln Public Schools
    Arlington MA
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  • 7.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 12-04-2020 23:57

    Hello, Don. I came across this older post and was wondering if you had an updated link to three-person scenes as the link in the old post appears broken. Thank you so much. 



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    Julie Hanisch
    English/Drama Teacher
    Mukwonago WI
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  • 8.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 12-04-2020 23:59
    Hello, Don. I came across this older post and was wondering if you had an updated link to three-person scenes as the link in the old post appears broken. Thank you so much. 

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    Julie Hanisch
    English/Drama Teacher
    Mukwonago WI
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  • 9.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-05-2017 09:28
    All in the Timing has a couple. "Words, Words, Words", "Variations on the Death of Trotsky" and "English Made Simple" all have 3 people.

    Crimes of the Heart has a couple good 3F scenes.
    Proof has a few (Some 2F, 1F, some 2M, 1F)



    I can't think of any more at the moment. Sorry!

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    Heather Cribbs
    Theatre Director
    New Smyrna Beach High School
    New Smyrna Beach, FL
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  • 10.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 10-05-2017 13:55

    Laundry and Bourbon for 3 women
    Lonestar for 3 men
    I think there are some scenes in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
    There are 3 person scenes in The Dining Room
    Technically there's a 3 person scene in California Suite but since one person is asleep in the bed the entire time that won't work ;-)

    We have the book "103 scenes for 3 actors" that comes in really handy for times like that.



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    Laura Steenson
    Theatre Director
    Reynolds High School
    Troutdale OR
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  • 11.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 12-09-2020 14:34
    It seems like I always end up with an odd number! I have used Amanda/Laura/Tom from The Glass Menagerie, Proctor/Elizabeth/Mary Warren from Act II of The CrucibleAnton in Show Business, Independence, Crimes of the Heart, Blithe Spirit, The Chopin Playoffs, Time Stands Still, A Clearing in the Woods, and several plays from The Actor's Theatre of Louisville 10-minute play collections (our favorites are The Philadelphia, Breaking the Chain, and Lonely).

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    Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
    Theatre Department Coordinator
    Fishersville VA
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  • 12.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 08-31-2021 13:29
    Edited by Ginny Butsch 08-31-2021 14:04
    There are some great scenes here - thank you, Don!

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    Dorinda Davis
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  • 13.  RE: Looking for good three-character scenes

    Posted 12-05-2020 10:02

    Yup, here you go!

    https://donzolidis.com/plays/actors-scenes/



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    Don Zolidis
    Austin TX
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