Contemporary Scenes for Twentysomethings

Contemporary Scenes for Twentysomethings


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Contemporary Scenes for Twentysomethings by Jessica Bashline

(Applause Acting Series). The theater of the 21st century, in many ways, is expanding to require new muscles of its actors, and so should their scene choices. Today, amid flourishing new play resources, it can be difficult to nail down contemporary scenes for two people. These scenes, all culled from plays written between 2000 and 2016, are useful to actors between the ages of 15 and 30. They range from about two to seven minutes' running time appropriate for different classroom explorations and are grouped by scenes for two males, two females, and one male and one female. Contemporary Scenes for Twentysomethings offers the opportunity for emerging actors to explore work by playwrights, both emerging and established, that is truly contemporary. Jessica Bashline, adjunct professor of acting at New York University, has assembled a comprehensive collection, featuring work written by Samuel D. Hunter, Liz Duffy Adams, Timothy Mason, Nina Raine, and many more. Every playwright in this book is currently writing. The characters included in this compilation come from a variety of backgrounds with different stories to tell, giving you the chance to explore those who are close to you and those who may come from someplace else. When perusing this book, look for scenes that instantly draw you. There is more than enough material to find something that speaks to you, and your passion for a piece will strengthen your final performance!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495065446
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 1,208,251
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jessica Bashline is a New York City-based director, playwright, and teacher. She is the artistic director and cofounder of Strange Sun Theater, which is dedicated to creating magical new theater that ignites the power of possibility in audiences and artists. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching acting in the Steinhardt Vocal Performance program. In addition to her work as a director and playwright. Jessica is an accomplished acting coach, focusing primarily on audition coaching and musical theater work. For more information, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Scenes for Two Men

MMF David L. Kimple 3

Really Really Paul Downs Colaizzo 8

Billboard Michael Vukadinovich 12

Octopus Steve Yockey 17

The Submission Jeff Talbott 23

Partners Dorothy Fortenberry 31

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them A. Rey Pamatmat 38

Wolves: A Predatory Fairy Tale Steve Yockey 45

Scenes for Two Women

Hunting and Gathering Brooke Berman 55

Really Really Paul Downs Colaizzo 59

Crooked Catherine Trieschmann 63

Six Timothy Mason 68

Jailbait Deirdre O'Connor 73

Or, Liz Duffy Adams 79

Fish Eye Lucas Kavner 84

subText Tyler Dwiggins 90

Halasana Kayla S. Cagan 97

Proof David Auburn 105

When We Were Young and Unafraid Sarah Treem 114

Rabbit Nina Raine 122

Elemeno Pea Molly Smith Metzler 133

Scenes for One Man and One Woman

Six Timothy Mason 145

The Receptionist Adam Bock 148

The Mystery of Love and Sex Bathsheba Doran 153

Henry's Law: A Play About Bullying Stacie Lents 156

Blue in the Face Kayla S. Cagan 160

She Kills Monsters Qui Nguyen 165

Proof David Auburn 169

The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock Catherine Trieschmann 174

When the Rain Stops Falling Andrew Bovell 179

Assistance Leslye Headland 185

Henry's Law: A Flay About Bullying Stacie Lents 191

I Used to Write on Walls Bekah Brunstetter 197

Fat Kids on Fire Bekah Brunstetter 204

I and You Lauren Gunderson 216

Gruesome Playground Injuries Rajiv Joseph 218

The Whale Samuel D. Hunter 226

Tribes Nina Raine 233

Bachelorette Leslye Headland 239

Partners Dorothy Fortenberry 247

OOHRAH! Bekah Brunstetter 253

Mr. Perfect William Missouri Downs 259

Play Sources, Permissions, and Acknowledgments 269

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