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Beginning Acting Scene Suggestions

 

Scenes for one man and one woman:


Title/ Playwright

After the Fall/ Arthur Miller
All My Sons/ Arthur Miller
Arsenic and Old Lace/ Kesselring
Barefoot in the Park/ Neil Simon
Bus Stop/ William Inge
Butterflies Are Free/ Gershe
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee/ Williams
Charley's Aunt/ Brandon Thomas
The Children's Hour/ Lillian Hellman
Come Back, Little Sheba/ William Inge
Come Blow Your Horn/ Neil Simon
The Crucible/ Arthur Miller
Da/ Hugh Leonard
Death of a Salesman/ Arthur Miller
The Diary of Anne Frank/ Goodrich and Hachett
The Dresser/ Ron Harwood
The Foreigner/ Larry Shue
Getting Out/ Marsha Norman
The Glass Menagerie/ Tennessee Williams
Harvey/ Mary Chase
Homesteaders/ Nina Shengold
The Hot L Baltimore/ Lanford Wilson
The House of Blue Leaves/ John Guare
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers/ Neil Simon
Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander/ Preston Jones
The Miracle Worker/ William Gibson
The Mousetrap/ Agatha Christie
The Nerd/ Larry Shue
Our Town/ Thornton Wilder
Plaza Suite/ Neil Simon
The Rainmaker/ Richard Nash
Same Time, Next Year/ Bernard Slade
The Shadow Box/ Michael Cristofer
Slow Dance on the Killing Ground/ William Handley
A Streetcar Named Desire/ Tennessee Williams
When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?/ Mark Medoff
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?/ Edward Albee
Close Ties/ Elizabeth Diggs

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Scenes for two men:


Title/ Playwright
I'm Not Rappaport/ Herb Gardener
A Walk in the Woods/ Lee Blessing
All My Sons/ Arthur Miller
American Buffalo/ David Mamet
Arsenic and Old Lace/ Kesselring
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel/ David Rabe
Boys in the Band/ Mark Crowley
Brighton Beach Memoirs/ Neil Simon
Charley's Aunt/ Brandon Thomas
The Crucible/ Arthur Miller
Da Hugh/ Leonard
Death of a Salesman/ Arthur Miller
Deathtrap/ Ira Levine
Eleven Zulu/ Sean Clark
The Foreigner/ Larry Shue
Lone Star/ James McLure
Mr. Roberts /Heggan and Logan
The Nerd/ Larry Shue
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail/ Lawrence and Lee
No Time For Sergeants/ Ira Levine
The Odd Couple/ Neil Simon
Of Mice and Men/ John Steinbeck
Our Town/ Thornton Wilder
Streamers/ David Rabe
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?/ Edward Albee

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Scenes for two women:


Title/ Playwright

Agnes of God /
All My Sons/ Arthur Miller
Anastasia/ Guy Bolton
Arsenic and Old Lace/ Kesselring
Barefoot in the Park/ Neil Simon
Butterflies Are Free/ Gershe
The Children's Hour/ Lillian Hellman
Crimes of the Heart/ Beth Henley
The Effect of Gamma Rays on
Man in the Moon Marigolds/ Paul Zindel
Getting Out/ Marsha Norman
Gigi/ Anita Loos
The Glass Menagerie/ Tennessee Williams
Homesteaders/ Nina Shengold
The Hot L Baltimore/ Lanford Wilson
Laundry and Bourbon / James McLure
Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander/ Preston Jones
The Little Foxes/ Lillian Hellman
The Miracle Worker/ William Gibson
Our Town/ Thorton Wilder
Steel Magnolias/ Robert Harling
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee/ Williams
Steel Magnolias/
Waiting for the Parade/ John Murrell
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?/ Edward Albee
The Zoo Story/ Edward Albee
Close Ties/ Elizabeth Diggs
Marvin's Room/ Scott McPherson
The House of Blue Leaves/ John Guare

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Scenes/ monologues for both:


Title/ Playwright

The Diviners/ Jim Leonard
Orphans/ Lyle Kessler
Chapter Two/ Neil Simon
Biloxi Blues/ Neil Simon
Gemini/ Albert Innaurato
Buried Child/ Sam Shepard
Key Exchange/ Kevin Wade
Plaza Suite/ Neil Simon
The Boys Next Door/ Tom Griffin
Dancers/ Michael Grady
The Holdup/ Marsha Norman
The Matchmaker/ Thornton Wilder
Musical Comedy Murders...1940/
Pack of Lies/ Hugh Whitemore
Black Comedy/ Peter Schafer
Absurd Person Singular/ Alan Ayckbourn
Mixed Doubles/ Fred Carmichael
The Curate Shakespeare/ Don Nigro
The Business of Murder/ Richard Harris
The Boys Next Door/ Tom Griffen
On the Verge/ Eric Overmeyer
Harvey/ Mary Chase
The Dresser/ Ronald Harwood
Marvin's Room/ Scott McPherson
The House of Blue Leaves/ John Guare
Of Mice and Men/ John Steinbeck
Lost In Yonkers/ Neil Simon
Picnic/ William Inge
Return Engagements/ Bernard Slade

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"Monodramas" (5-10 minute monologues, for both)


Title/ Playwright

Any Spaulding Gray play
Any Sam Shepard play
Any Eric Bogosian play
Balm in Gilead/ Lanford Wilson
House of Blue Leaves/ John Guare
Landscape of the Body/ John Guare
The Business of Murder/ Richard Harris
The Actors Nightmare/
As Is/ William Hoffman
Streetcar Named Desire/ Tennessee Williams
The Woolgatherer/ William Mastrosimone
The House of Blue Leaves/ John Guare

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