We had a great drop-in class tonight with Joe Bill, teacher of scenic and comedic improvisation all the way from Chicago.
After getting a shopping list of requests from the players, he crafted an exercise for three players that worked as follows:
- Each player chooses a letter, A, B, or C.
- Each player chooses an emotion.
- Player A reaches out, discovers an object, and interacts with it in terms of their emotion.
- Players B and C react to A discovering the object in terms of their own emotions.
- Player A gives the object to whichever other player seems most reluctant.
- The most reluctant player accepts the object and interacts with it in terms of their own emotion.
- The most reluctant player gives the object to the remaining player.
- They in turn also accept it and interact with it in terms of their own emotion.
- The players then play out a scene where they have a conversation about anything other than the object.
- The players then try and use the object as a metaphor for whatever conflict has emerged.
- Organically, two of the players will generally gang up against the third.
- The last step is for one of the players to switch sides and join the third player.