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 and serves as Director of Theatre at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH.

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    Paul Mroczka

    Paul Mroczka has served Theatre By the Sea as associate director and playwright-in-residence. He has directed for companies including North Country Center for the Arts, Pontine Movement Theatre, The Theatre of Newburyport and the Palace Theatre. A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow in playwriting, he has also garnered a Shubert Fellowship, the Jason Miller Award and has received grants from the New Hampshire Council for the Humanities. His plays have been performed at New York’s La MaMa La Galleria, Nat Horne Theatre, and Manhattan Punchline Theatre, among others. His interactive planetarium show, Pathfinders, is running at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord, NH. Recent directorial assignments include Good People, Steel Magnolias, and The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) at The Barnstormers Playhouse in New Hampshire, and Rumors, Orpheus in the Underworld, and The Glass Menagerie at PSU. This summer Paul finished an initial draft of his new play, Smart Money and is working on numerous other projects. Read Full
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