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2 actor play for thesis project

  • 1.  2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-23-2020 19:20
    Greetings,

    I am looking for a two actor play to produce for my MA-Theatre Production creative project (thesis).  Due to our current situation I intend to use as few actors as possible to follow guidelines.  Be it comedic or dramatic, I am open to ideas.  I have the option of working with high school or junior high actors.  Thoughts?  

    Thank you,
    Kathryn Young



  • 2.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-24-2020 10:48
    For high school actors, "I and You" by Lauren Gunderson is magnificent! You need a male-presenting actor and a female-presenting actor and they are two different ethnicities (but they can be any ethnicities as long as they are different from each other). You can read the whole script on Playscripts (https://www.playscripts.com/sample/2698) and see if it suits your needs.  Good luck!

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    Elana Kepner
    Theatre Instructor
    The Oakwood School
    Greenville NC
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  • 3.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-27-2020 00:55
    How about JERRY FINNEGAN'S SISTER, by Jack Neary?
    1 female, 1 male, and hysterical.

    Nancy L. Bernhard, retired
    Salinas High School
    Salinas, CA





  • 4.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-30-2020 13:35
    Thank you so much for all this feedback! Having a theatrical community is a game changer, especially this year.

    Warmly,
    Kathryn Young

    Sent from my iPhone




  • 5.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-24-2020 12:03

    I and You by Lauren Gunderson is a high school age appropriate play that's wonderful. 1 m, 1 f who need to be different races, according to playwright notes.

     

    Suzanne Maguire –

    Associate Director, Tiger Drama

    Member, TAA

    Lewis & Clark High School

     






  • 6.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-24-2020 17:42
    What about 'Outcry' by Tennessee Williams? It's a beautiful and poetic play. But it's dark - it's a brother and a sister.

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    Elizabeth Walpert
    Drama Teacher/director
    Augusta GA
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  • 7.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-25-2020 10:28
    I have always been partial to Talley's Folly by Lanford Willson.  It's a sweet story about a quirky couple who discover each other's foibles fit perfectly with their own.  But probably not for middle schoolers.  A challenging piece for high schoolers, but I have found that they step up to good material.  I've never done the play as it is a two hand and I usually want larger casts, but when the time's right, I would be on it in a New York minute.

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    Robert DiMartino
    Theatre Teacher
    Cumberland High School
    Slatersville RI
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  • 8.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-25-2020 12:58
    Either Memory Garden  by Mark Scharf https://www.pioneerdrama.com/SearchDetail.asp?pc=MEMORYGARD&id=0 or Thistle Blossoms by Roseanna Beth Whitlow https://www.pioneerdrama.com/SearchDetail.asp?pc=THISTLEBLO&id=0 . Both are very powerful social awareness pieces from Pioneer Drama Service.

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    Debra Fendrich
    Executive Editor
    Debra@pioneerdrama.com
    303.779.4035
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  • 9.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-25-2020 14:09
    If you might be able to use African-American women, and would be up for the challenge of guiding them to play well outside of their age range without stereotyping, try Emily Mann's Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years.  This title would also be good for getting actors to research their roles and the play's historical period(s).  It's published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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    Jeff Grove
    Theatre Teacher, Aesthetics Department Chair
    Stanton College Preparatory School
    Jacksonville FL
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  • 10.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-26-2020 09:13
    can you please take me off this automated email list.  I am no longer a theatre teacher but am now a visual art teacher.  Thank you.

    Stephen Forrest





  • 11.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-27-2020 08:17
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  • 12.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 08-28-2020 10:29
    Hi, Kathryn,

    My play, School Night (Playscripts.com) is two high school boys in the drama room, with a nod to Midsummer. Check it out: playscripts.com

    Good luck!


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    Joe Norton
    New York NY
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  • 13.  RE: 2 actor play for thesis project

    Posted 23 days ago
    Kathryn, another good option is Oleanna by David Mamet. Blue Door is another that is very timely. Having Our Say is a wonderful play for 2 black females. Souvenir is a great 2-character play about real life Florence Foster Jenkins. All of these can be found on the website of Dramatists Play Service.

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    Stanley Coleman
    Eugene OR
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