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Suggested Scenes

"If there's one thing I want to teach actors, it is that an artist has two best friends, himself and the play."

This is a list that may give you some ideas for scenes to work on. I have also included several websites, where you can buy, or search for, plays and movie scripts

Drama Book Shop in New York City (for buying scripts)
250 West 40th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018
1 212 944-0595

Project Gutenberg (free website with scripts and films to download and print)

Script-O-Rama (free website with scripts)

Daily Script


In New York, you can go to the Lincoln Center Library, which has a large collection of plays.

20th Century Contemporary

Scenes mostly for men and women (some plays may have both)
(click on author's name for more information)
  • God
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Play It Again Sam
(the only American writer who wrote modern plays with classical themes.)

  • The Bad Seed
  • Elizabeth the Queen
  • Joan Of Lorraine
  • Richard and Anne
  • Truckline Cafe
  • Winterset
  • Marty
  • Little Murders
  • Steambath
  • A Thousand Clowns
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Two for the Seesaw
  • The Fifth Column
  • Hills Like White Elephants
  • Dark at the Top of the Stairs
  • A Loss of Roses
  • Detective Story
  • Juno and the Paycock
  • Shadow of a Gunman
  • Anna Christie
  • Beyond the Horizon
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Moon for the Misbegotten
  • The Collector
  • The Homecoming
  • The Lovers
  • Old Times
  • Luv
  • The Tiger
  • The Typist
  • An Italian-American Reconciliation
  • Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Doubt
  • The Dreamer Examines His Pillow
  • Women of Manhattan
  • Fool for Love
  • Lie of the Mind
  • Simpatico
  • True West
  • Barefoot in the Park
  • The Gingerbread Lady
  • The Odd Couple
  • Prisoner of Second Avenue
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Same Time, Next Year
  • Lovers and Other Strangers
  • It Had To Be You
  • Love Allways
  • Burn This
  • The Mound Builders

Some scenes for women (there are many more)
  • Night Mother by Marsha Norman
  • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman
  • Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
  • Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
  • Julia (a film based on Lillian Hellman)
  • Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams
  • Sally and Marsha by Sybille Pearson
  • A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking by John Ford Noonan
  • Laundry and Bourbon by James McClure
  • The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
  • Antigone by Jean Anouilh
  • plays by Wendy Wasserstein
  • Aristophanes Assembly of Women, Lysistrata
  • several plays of Chekhov and Ibsen and Shakespeare

20th Century Foreign Authors:

  • The Hostage (Brendan Behan)
  • He Who Gets Slapped
  • Liliom by Ferenc Molnar
  • The Promise
  • Entertaining Mr. Sloane by Joe Orton
  • Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
  • The Just by Camus
  • Caligula by Camus
  • The Balcony by Jean Genet
  • The Screens by Jean Genet
  • The Queen and the Rebels by Ugo Betti

Some Plays with Political and/or Social Orientations


  • Dario Fo- Can't Pay? Won't Pay! - 2 women
  • An Ordinary Day - 1 woman, or a woman and a man
  • Accidental Death of an Anarchist
  • Bedroom Farce
  • - man and woman (many other plays)
  • Beyond Therapy
  • - man and woman (many other plays)
  • House of Blue Leaves
  • - man and woman (many other plays)
  • Six Degrees of Seperation
  • Once In A Lifetime
  • Man Who Came to Dinner
  • You Can't Take It With You
  • Front Page
  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad, etc.
  • Indians
  • Birdbath
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • - 2 men
  • The Lovers
  • The Homecoming
  • Old Times
  • Our Town
  • The Skin of Our Teeth

  • Alice In Wonderland

  • Ettore Scola A Particular Day
  • - man and woman - (only available on video)
  • Death of the Maiden
  • Endgames
  • Happy Days
  • Waiting for Godot
  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle
  • Saint Joan of the Stockyards
  • Mother Courage
  • The Visit
  • Blood Knot
  • - and other plays (South African writer)
  • Another Part of the Forest
  • The Children's Hour
  • Toys in the Attic
  • The Bald Soprano
  • The Chairs
  • Rhinoceros
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Angels In America
  • - various
  • Glengarry Glenross
  • Edmund
  • Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations
(almost all his plays)
  • All My Sons
  • The Archbishop's Ceiling
  • The Crucible
(almost all his plays)
  • Shadow of a Gunman
  • - man and woman
  • Awake and Sing
  • Golden Boy
  • Paradise Lost
  • Rocket to the Moon
  • Waiting for Lefty
  • Time and the Conways
(all of his works)
  • Bury the Dead men
  • Playboy of the Western World
  • Riders to the Sea
  • Bent
  • - 2 men
  • Marat/Sade
  • Camino Real
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • The Night of the Iguana
  • The Rose Tattoo
  • 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

There are also lots of published movie scripts, and of course, novels and short stories that have good scenes in them: Emile Zola, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Salinger, Dorothy Parker, Guy de Maupassant, et al.

Classic Plays
Late 19th and early 20th Century

Late 18th and early 19th Century

17th century

(you should read as many as possible)

before 17th century