Overview

Looking for the perfect scene? Actor's Choice: Scenes for Teens is just what you need. From hilarious comedy to cutting-edge drama, this collection offers 40 exciting 2-person scenes with plenty of fascinating characters for young actors. Unlike other scene books, the source of every scene is easily accessible -- each play is available through one website (www.playscripts.com), where you can read nearly the entire published script online for free. From classwork to competitions to auditions, this book has you covered!

Authors

Kathryn Walat

Kathryn Walat’s plays include Creation (Theatre @ Boston Court; Ovation Award for Playwriting nomination), Ancient Gods of the Backwoods (New George’s Germ Project), Bleeding Kansas (Hangar Theatre; Francesca Primus Citation; published by Samuel French), Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Women’s Project; published by S ...

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Don Zolidis

Don Zolidis is a former high school and middle school theatre teacher, and is the most-produced playwright in American schools. His more than 100 published plays have been produced more than 11,500 times, appearing in every state and 63 countries. He holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in playwr ...

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Doug Rand

Doug Rand is an entrepreneur, playwright, and public policy advisor. He currently serves as Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to working at the White House, Doug served as co-founder and CEO of the innovative publishing company ...

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Jonathan Rand

Jonathan Rand is one of the most popular living playwrights, his plays having been performed over 15,000 times in all 50 states and in 52 countries.According to an independent annual survey, Mr. Rand's plays are among the most produced in American high schools, including his comedy Chec ...

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Daryl Watson

Daryl Watson is the author of Prime Time (Stella Adler Studios, Abingdon Theater and Lincoln Center Theater as part of the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Playwrights Program), Snap (Judges Panel Award and Audience Award Winner of the 2005 Battle of the Bards in New York City), The Blueberr ...

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Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, and librettist. His play The Body of an American received the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Pl ...

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Ryan Pavelchik

Ryan Pavelchik has published fiction, poetry and plays in Mused, Rant, Spectrum, The Catalyst, and Ploughshares. His photography has appeared in Mused and American Theatre magazine. His play Al Jolsen's Nursery was produced at the Studio Theatre at UCSB.

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Jason Pizzarello

Jason Pizzarello. Select plays include After People Like You (Blue Riders at Classic Stage Company), Half Right (Fordham Alumni Company), All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie (Irondale Ensemble), When I Had Three Sisters (Soho Rep Writer/Director L ...

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Maria Pizzarello

Maria Pizzarello is an actress and teaching artist in New York City. Favorite Shakespearean acting experiences have been performing Viola in Twelfth Night and Phoebe in As You Like It. Both productions were part of New York's Shakespeare in the Park-ing Lot. As a teaching artist, Mrs. ...

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Sam Wolfson

Sam Wolfson is the co-writer of Jewtopia, the longest running Off-Broadway comedy of all time, and the longest running original comedy in Los Angeles theater history. He starred in the productions as well. The play has gone on to be a h ...

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Robert Pridham

Robert Pridham is a writer, teacher and director. He was the founding artistic director of the acclaimed professional theater company Stageworks/Summit, and has served as the head of Kent Place School's award-winning theater program for the past 33 years. His plays and theatrical adaptations -- Mary Sh ...

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Jane Steiner

Jane Steiner is the Theater Arts teacher and Drama Club adviser at Mt. Healthy High School, Ohio. For over three years, she has been writing scenes and monologues for her classes. Ms. Steiner wrote Prom Perfection to accommodate the needs of her students, who are her biggest critics and devote ...

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Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart. Before concentrating on her writing, Ms. Stewart was a professional stage manager, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars, among others. She has received the Francesca Primus Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, the Jerome Fellowship, as well as res ...

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C. Denby Swanson

C. Denby Swanson graduated from Smith College, the National Theatre Institute, and the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, where she was a fellow in playwriting and screenwriting. She has been a Jerome Fellow, a William Inge Playwright in Residence, and a McKnight Advancement Grant recipie ...

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Shawn Northrip

Shawn Northrip received a BA in Theatre Education from Catholic University of America and a MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Plays include: Titus X (Page to Stage, Sept. 2002, CUA Workshop, Dec. 2002, 23rd Annual Washington New Play Festival, July 2003, Source Theatre, ...

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Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses is the author of the full-length plays OUTRAGE, BACH AT LEIPZIG, CELEBRITY ROW, THE FOUR OF US, YELLOWJACKETS, BACK BACK BACK, COMPLETENESS, and THE WHISTLEBLOWER, the musicals NOBODY LOVES YOU (with Gaby Alter), FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (with Michael Friedman), and THE BAND’S VISIT (with David Yazbek), and th ...

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Winter Miller

Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights. She is best known for her drama In Darfur which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater ...

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Liz Flahive

Liz Flahive is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing. Her first play, From Up Here (Manhattan Theater Club in association with Ars Nova) was nominated for both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play and won the John Gassner Award for Playwriting. Her plays have be ...

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Wendy MacLeod

Wendy MacLeod's plays Juvenilia and The Water Children premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The Water Children was subsequently produced at L.A.'s Matrix Theater where it was cited as "the most challenging political play of 1998" by LA Weekly and earned six L.A. Drama Critics Circle nominations. Her plays Sin ...

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Melanie Marnich

Melanie Marnich's plays include Quake, Blur, Tallgrass Gothic, Calling All, Cradle of Man, Beautiful Again, The Sparrow Project, A Sleeping Country and

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Carl Martin

Carl Martin spends most of his time teaching and performing Shakespeare. He has worked in the literary departments of the Old Globe Theatre and the Virginia Stage Company, and he spent several years touring as an actor with Shenandoah Shakespeare, playing roles ranging from Julius Caesar to Sir John Fa ...

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Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason wrote the book and lyrics for the seasonal Broadway hit, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. His novel, The Last Synapsid, an adventure-fantasy for kids, is being published by Delacorte Press (2009). Mr. Mason was a company playwright with Circle Rep ...

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Ian McWethy

Ian McWethy's plays include Moral Values..., Actors are Stupid, Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, and 12 Incompetent Men (And Women!). Fifteen of his one-act plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc. and have been performed in all fifty states as well as Canada, Australia, the United ...

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Ed Monk

Ed Monk teaches theatre at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia. He is also an alumnus of Chantilly, where he studied theatre under Elaine Wilson. He is the author of eighteen plays that have been published by Playscripts, Inc. He has been married to his perfect wife Grace for 27 years. Togethe ...

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Allison Moore

Allison Moore is a displaced Texan based in Minneapolis. Her play, Slasher, premiered at the 2009 Humana Festival and has been produced at theaters around the country. Other plays include: My Antonia (2010 Illusion Theater), End Times (Kitchen Dog Theater), American Klepto (2006 Illusion Theater), Hazard County (2005 H ...

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Eric Lane

Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and China. Plays include Heart of the City and Dancing on Checkers' Grave, which starred Jennifer Aniston. Additional plays: Ride, Tim ...

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David Lindsay-Abaire

David Lindsay-Abaire was most recently awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. Prior to that, he received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC's ...

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Mark D. Kaufmann

Mark D. Kaufmann is the author of a number of plays which have had premieres in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Included among them: Backbone of America, Scenic Route, The Labors of Hercules Fitch, and

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Tim Kochenderfer

Tim Kochenderfer is a playwright, comedy writer, and television producer. His plays have been performed across the United States and around the world. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Kochenderfer's work is featured in The Best Stage Scenes of 2006 (Smith & Kraus), Cracked Maga ...

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Jon Jory

Jon Jory. As the Producing Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jon Jory directed over 125 plays and produced over 1,000 during his 32-year tenure. He conceived the internationally lauded Humana Festival of New American Plays, the SHORTS Festival, and the Brown-Forman Classics-in-Context Festival. He was also the ...

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Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka's most recent play, 17 Reasons (Why), was produced at Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts and published by Stage and Screen in the anthology Breaking Ground: Adventurous Plays By Adventurous Theatres, edited by Kent Nicholson. Her other plays include 36 Views;

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Alan Haehnel

Alan Haehnel teaches high school English and Theater at Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He has been involved in theater since college as an actor, director, and writer. His credits include numerous published plays and monologues that have been performed worldwide, the Vermont Playwright' ...

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Liz Duffy Adams

Liz Duffy Adams is a New Dramatists alumna (2001-2008) and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, a Will Glickman Playwright Awar ...

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Janet Allard

Janet Allard’s plays include: Vrooommm! A NAScomedy (Signature Theater commission), Incognito (Guthrie commission), Loyal (Guthrie and Children’s Theatre Company joint commission), The Unknown: a silent mu ...

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Yuri Baranovsky

Yuri Baranovsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, which he left at the age of five as a Jewish refugee. A busy kind of bee, he was the co-creator and co-writer of the critically-acclaimed (Wall Street Journal, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times) and award-winning web series, Break a Leg ...

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Courtney Baron

COURTNEY BARON Plays include: Consumption, commissioned by and produced at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis; Not Our Last Hurrah, produced as part of the Australia Project at the Kraine Theatre, NYC; These Three Here, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and as part of th ...

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Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger's a playwright, storyteller and poet. She teaches playwriting at the University of Pennsylvania. She won the Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright, Smith Prize for Political Theater, Virginia Brown Martin Award for Social Justice, Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and Philadelphia C ...

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Burgess Clark

Burgess Clark's work has been produced both nationally and internationally. Productions of Purple Hearts have been produced in San Francisco and toured to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland where it placed in the top five "Best of Fest" which also received a special award from the U.S. ...

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Patrick Greene

Patrick Greene lives in New York City with his wife and their cat.

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Anton Dudley

Anton Dudley's Off-Broadway credits include Substitution (Playwrights Realm/Soho Playhouse), Getting Home (Second Stage Uptown), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theater), and Honor and the River (SPF/Theater Row).  Regionally, his plays and musicals have been presented a ...

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Melissa Cooper

Melissa Cooper is an award-winning playwright whose plays and adaptations have been commissioned and produced at theaters around the country, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, East Los Angeles Classic Theater, San Diego Repertory, Echo Theater (D ...

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Douglas Craven

Like tobacco and (more recently) ginseng, Douglas Craven grew from the sandy loam soil of Southwestern Ontario. His writing was encouraged by two inspired and inspiring English teachers, who had no idea what they were loosing on the world. Mr. Craven has earned several degrees in English Literature and ...

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