Playwriting: The Power of Love

Focus: When saying “I love you” has a devastating effect.

In this exercise, playwrights create a scene with two characters in which one tells the other that they love them. The statement of love should in some way have a devastating effect. That is, the result is something very negative.

The scene should have a beginning, middle and end and it must be properly formatted.

You may download the exercise here: Playwriting- Devasting Love.

Basic Guidelines

2 characters
1 set
One character must utter the line “I love you” at least once.
No weapons
Keep it real
Properly formatted
About 4 to 6 pages

Exercise Contributed by Paul Mroczka

Paul is Director of Educational Resources for BroadwayEducators.com and serves as Director of Theatre at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH.

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