Dramatic Scenes for 2 women
Dream of the Burning Boy
by David West Read
At the beginning modern drama, Dane a smart if not smart aleck high school student has a discussion about his grade on a paper with his English teacher, steps into the hallway and dies of a brain aneurysm. Larry, the stern and lonely teacher feels guilty, but more so because unbeknownst to ...anybody... Larry is Dane's father, a product of an affair with Dane's mother that they have managed to keep secret for 18 years.
There are three scenes in the library from this play:
1) Rachel, Dane's sister, confronts Larry about the bizarre favoritism Larry has always shown Dane which eventually causes Larry to confess that Dane is his son.
2) Larry imagines what it would be like if he could relive his final conversation with Dane.
3) Rachel, Dane's sister, and Chelsea, Dane's girlfriend meet in the counselor's office. (Steve, the counselor is not present) While Chelsea has been making a public show of her grief, Rachel has been silently suffering. The girls try to help and empathize with each other but their personalities and their approaches to Dane's death are just too different.
by Robert Harling
You've probably heard the line, "I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." That's from this scene. Unlike the movie with Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Sally Fields, this whole play takes place in a Southern beauty parlor. The title of the play means that though these women may seem delicate like flowers, they are as strong as steel. In this scene, Shelby tells her mother M'Lynn that she is going to have a baby. M'Lynn believes that because Shelby is diabetic, that the pregnancy will cause Shelby's death. Ironically, later in the play, the M'Lynn's fears turn out to be true. In this scene, however, Shelby just seeks her mother's acceptance of her decision.
The Miracle Worker
by William Gibson
The play is the real life story of Annie Sullivan the teacher that taught Helen Keller who was deaf and blind from birth to communicate. There was sign language and braille at the time, but no one had successfully taught them to someone who lacked both senses.
This scene has only one line of dialogue and extensive props and stage direction. Until this point, Helen's family had allowed her to take any food she wanted from anyone's plate. This is one of her first lessons as Sullivan insists that she use her own plate and signs words into her hands. There's a lot of food throwing and physicality in this scene.
This scene is best cast by girls of sufficient height difference that one can seem like a child and one like an adult.
Stairway to Heaven
by Gregory Fletcher
A brother and sister prepare for their father's funeral. Along the way,
by Monica Raymond
It's Christmas Even and Tracy just gave birth in the bathroom of the mall. She intends to leave it in the nativity scene at the mall just before closing. She is stopped by Chai. Both young women are naive and somewhat clueless about each other's lifestyles to the point that it seems absurd and almost funny at first. But, in the end, in a touching act of charity, Chai agrees to take the baby.
by Kent R. Brown
Nicole has run away from home and lives in a trailer with some friends. But once a month, she meets her mother Maureen in a park so that Maureen can give her gifts and supplies. Their conversation jumps all over the place as they discuss the care package. But Maureen is probing for information about where Nicole is living and how she's surviving. Nicole is still traumatized by her abusive step father and refuses to be touched or share information. She shows signs of reactive attachment disorder. But, for one moment she does hold her mother's hair. In the end, Maureen reveals that she intends to kill her husband, Nicole's stepfather. The scene ends with a goodbye that is just as disfunctional as everything else about their relationship.
This play is over 10 minutes long. I cut the scene down but made it so you could read the whole thing. You can add more parts or cut more parts as you like. Also, there is a potentially good monologue in here for either Maureen or Nicole.
TRIGGER WARNING: Domestic abuse