Typewriter

By | August 2, 2010

Synonyms

Word Processor.

Introduction

We will watch this scene be acted out as it is being typed by the author.

Description

Typewriter scene is an open scene that involves give and take between a designated storyteller (author) and the performers. Typically, the scene starts with a performer playing the author sitting at a mimed typewriter, or word processor. They can mime typing as they start to tell their story. If there are scenic elements being described the performers may jump on stage and mime wind and rain. When a character is described by the author a performer will immediately jump on stage and take on that role. The author may choose to tell the entire story by themselves, or they may call upon the performer for cues. For example the author may describe a character and a setting and indicate that the performer playing the character can contribute the dialogue. There are many conventions and house rules for making Typewriter work.

Gimmicks

  • Author stops and deletes dialogue, character or whole scene.
  • Author’s device stops working
  • Characters make comments in opposition to goals of the author

Variations

  • Rotating Typist – the author rotates out amongst the performers.

Credits

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