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After the Fall

After the Fall

by Arthur Miller

Drama: Act I, Quentin (40s) and Louise (35)

Found in: Arthur Miller's Collected Plays (PS3525.I5153 A19 1957)

Scene:  Start, Quentin: "Hi...What's the matter? ...Well, what's the matter?"

               End, Louise: "It's all been about that last three years. You don't want me." 

For an extended version end with Quentin's line: "God! Can that be true?"

After the Fall

After the Fall

by Arthur Miller

Drama: Act I, Quentin (40s) and Louise (35)

Found in: Arthur Miller's Collected Plays (PS3525.I5153 A19 1957)

Scene:  Start, Louise: "Quentin, I'm trying to understand why you got so angry with me at the party the other night."

               End, Louise: "Good God! What an idiot!"

After the Fall

After the Fall

by Arthur Miller

Drama: Act II, Quentin (40s) and Maggie (25-30)

Found in: Arthur Miller's Collected Plays (PS3525.I5153 A19 1957)

Scene:  Start, Maggie: "I can't hardly believe you came! Can you stay five minutes?"

               End, Quentin: "Not yet, dear; but I intend to try. Don't be afraid to call me if you need any help." 

Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness!

by Eugene O'Neill

Comedy: Act II, Scene 1, Belle (20) and Richard (16)

Found in: Complete Plays (PS3529. N5 1988) 

Scene:  Start, Belle: "You shouldn't be go generous, Dearie. Gets him in bad habits."

               End, Belle: "And don't want to. Shut up about her, can't you?"

Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness!

by Eugene O'Neill

Comedy: Act III, Scene 2, Muriel (15) and Richard (16)

Found in: Complete Plays (PS3529. N5 1988) 

Scene:  Start, Muriel: "Oh, Dick."

               End, Muriel: "That'll be wonderful, won't it?"

All My Sons

All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

Drama: Act 1, Chris (32) and Annie (26)

Found in: Arthur Miller's Collected Plays (PS3525.I5153 A19 1957)

Scene:  Start, Annie: "It's lovely here. The air is sweet."

               End, Chris: "Oh, Annie, Annie...I'm going to make a fortune for you!"

Amadeus

Amadeus

by Peter Shaffer

Drama: Act I, Salieri (35-45) and Constanze (20s)

Found in: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (PR6037.H23 A8 1993)

Scene:  Start, Salieri: "If you did, how would I behave? I had no idea of that either."

               End, Salieri: "I will study them overnight--and you will study my proposal. Not to be vague, that is my price. Good afternoon."

Angels in America

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner

Drama: Act I, Scene 5, Harper (early 30s) and Joe (early 30s)

Found in: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches (PS3561.U778 A85 1993)

Scene:  Start, Harper: "Washington?"

               End, Harper: "...skin burns, birds go blind, iceburgs melt. The world's coming to an end."

Angels in America

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner

Drama: Act I, Scene 8, Harper (early 30s) and Joe (early 30s)

Found in: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches (PS3561.U778 A85 1993)

Scene:  Start, Harper: "Where were you?"

               End, Harper: "No. Yes. No. Yes. Get away from me. Now we both have a secret."

Angels in America

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner

Drama: Act I, Scene 7, Harper (early 30s) and Prior (30)

Found in: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches (PS3561.U778 A85 1993)

Scene:  Start, Prior: "I'm ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille."

               End, Prior: "People come and go so strangely here. I don't think there's any uninfected part of me. My heart is pumping polluted blood. I feel dirty."

Anna Christie

Anna Christie

by Eugene O'Neill

Drama: Act IV, Anna (20) and Chris (50)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prize Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Anna: "Come in."

               End, Anne: "Good night."

Anna Christie

Anna Christie

by Eugene O'Neill

Drama: Act II, Anna (20) and Mat Burke (30)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prize Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Anna: "Here you are. Here's a drink for you. You need it, I guess."

               End, Burke: "I'm telling you there's the will of God in it that brought me safe through the storm and fog to the wan spot in the world where you was!"

Anna Christie

Anna Christie

by Eugene O'Neill

Drama: Act IV, Anna (20) and Burke (30)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prize Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Anna: "What are you doing here?"

               End, Burke: "We'll be happy now, the two of us, in spite of the divil."

Candida

Candida

by George Bernard Shaw

Comedy-Drama: Act II,Prosperine (30) and Eugene (18)

Found in: A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Prosperine: "Bother! You've been meddling with my typewriter."           

                End, Prosperine: "Yes."

Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

by Mark Medoff

Drama: Act I, Sarah (mid-20s) and James (30)

Found in: Children of a Lesser God (PS3563.E27 C47 1980)

Scene:  Start, James: "Hello. I left you a note. It said: 'Please see me this afternoon. I'll bring the boxing gloves.' You didn't come so I ate all the gloves myself. I'm sorry to interrupt your work.'"

               End, James: "Your secret. No hearing person has ever gotten in there to find out...No person, period."

Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

by Mark Medoff

Drama: Act I, Sarah (mid-20s) and James (30)

Found in: Children of a Lesser God (PS3563.E27 C47 1980)

Scene:  Start, Sarah: "My room.'"

               End, Sarah: "You and me. Joined."

Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

by Mark Medoff

Drama: Act I, Sarah (mid-20s) and James (30)

Found in: Children of a Lesser God (PS3563.E27 C47 1980)

Scene:  Start, James: "Well, at least. 'Dear Sarah, please meet me at the duck pont after dinner. I'll bring the stale bread. James Leeds.'"

               End, James: "It's always worked before. See, when I get in trouble, I kiss the girl and make everything better. Oh, come one, Sarah!...Sarah!"

Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

by Mark Medoff

Drama: Act I, Sarah (mid-20s) and James (30)

Found in: Children of a Lesser God (PS3563.E27 C47 1980)

Scene:  Start, James: "Sorry I'm late. I got held up.'"

               End, James: "I know you want to, but we can't. The point is, it's all possible. And you know it. Say it. Say: 'I know it's possible.'"

Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

by Mark Medoff

Drama: Act II, Sarah (mid-20s) and James (30)

Found in: Children of a Lesser God (PS3563.E27 C47 1980)

Scene:  Start, James: "You're home from work.'"

               End, Sarah: "Me have nothing. Me deafy. Speech inept. Intelligence - tiny block-head. English--blow away. Left one you. Depend-no. Think myself enough. Join. Unjoined."

Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba

by William Inge

Drama: Act II, Scene 3, Lola (39) and Doc (mid 40s)

Found in: Modern Drama for Analysis (PN6112. C8 1955)

Scene:  Start, Lola: "Mr. Anderson? Mr. Anderson, this is Mrs. Delaney again."

               End, Doc: "Lola...my pretty Lola." 

Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba

by William Inge

Drama: Act II, Scene 4, Lola (39) and Doc (mid 40s)

Found in: Modern Drama for Analysis (PN6112. C8 1955)

Scene:  Start, Lola: "Docky!"

               End, Lola: "I'll fix your eggs." 

Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba

by William Inge

Drama: Act I, Scene 2, Lola (39) and Doc (mid 40s)

Found in: Modern Drama for Analysis (PN6112. C8 1955)

Scene:  Start, Lola: "I love to watch you shuffle cards, Daddy. You use your hands so gracefully. Do me one of your card tricks."

               End, Lola: "What are we sitting round here so serious for? ... Let's have some music." 

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

by Henrick Ibsen

Drama: Act I, Krogstad (30s-40s) and Nora (25-35)

Found in: A Doll’s House: and Two Other Plays (PT8854 .S451)

Scene:  Start, Krogstad: "I get your pardon, Mrs. Helmer--"

               End, Krogstad: "...If I am hurled back into the gutter a second time, I will take you with me."

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

by Henrick Ibsen

Drama: Act II, Dr Rank (58-65) and Nora (25-35)

Found in: A Doll’s House: and Two Other Plays (PT8854 .S451)

Scene:  Start, Nora: "Dr. Rank, it's you. Don't go into Torvald yet. I believe he is busy."

               End, Nora: "...But you can imagine begin with Torvald is a little like being with Papa."

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

by Henrick Ibsen

Drama: Act II, Krogstad (30s-40s) and Nora (25-35)

Found in: A Doll’s House: and Two Other Plays (PT8854 .S451)

Scene:  Start, Nora: "...Keep your voice down. My husband's at home."

               End, Krogstad: "...I will never forgive him for that. Goodbye, Mrs. Helmer."

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

by Henrick Ibsen

Drama: Act III, Mrs. Linde (30-35) and Krogstad (30s-40s)

Found in: A Doll’s House: and Two Other Plays (PT8854 .S451)

Scene:  Start, Mrs. Linde: "Come in, on one's here."

               End, Mrs. Linde: "It's actually happened. Someone to work for, someone to live for. A home to bring joy to. I'll make it so comfortable."

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

by Henrick Ibsen

Drama: Act III, Helmer (40s) and Nora (25-35)

Found in: A Doll’s House: and Two Other Plays (PT8854 .S451)

Scene:  Start, Helmer: "...What's this? I thought you had gone to bed. Have you changed?"

               End, Nora: "That our marriage could become life together. Goodbye."

Dream Girl

Dream Girl

by Elmer Rise

Comedy: Act I, Georgina (23) and Clark (28)

Found in: Three Plays (PS3535.I224 T48)

Scene:  Start, Clark: "Good morning, Miss Allerton."

               End, Georgina: "You great big ape!"

Fences

Fences

by August Wilson

Drama: Act II, Scene 1, Troy (53) and Rose (43)

Found in: Three Plays (PS3573.I45677 A6 1991)

NOTE: Minority Play

Scene:  Start, Rose: "What they say down there? What's happening with Gabe?"

               End, Troy: "Don't you tell that lie on me!"

Fool for Love

Fool for Love

by Sam Shepard

Comedy- Drama: One Act Play, May (early 30s) and Eddie (late 30s)

Found in: Fool for love and The sad lament of Pecos Bill on the eve of killing his wife (PS3569.H394 A6 1983)

Scene:  Start, Eddie: "May, look. May? I'm not goin' anywhere. See?"

               End, May: "You can take it, right? You're a stuntman."

The Goat

The Goat

by Edward Albee

Comedy-Drama: Scene 2, Martin (50) and Stevie (40-50)

Found in: The goat, or, Who is Sylvia? (PS3551.L25 G63)

Scene:  Start, Stevie: "...Well; now;just you and me."

            End, Stevie: "Jesus!"

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Managerie

by Tennessee Williams

Drama: Act I, Scene 5, Amanda (40s) and Tom (21)

Found in: Six Great Modern Plays (PN6112. S55x 1967); Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8)

Scene:  Start, Tom: "I'm sorry mother. I'm sorry for all those things I said. I didn't mean it. I apologize."

               End with Tom's exit. 

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Managerie

by Tennessee Williams

Drama: Act II, Scene 7, Laura (23) and jim (23) 

Found in: Six Great Modern Plays (PN6112. S55x 1967); Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8)

Scene:  Start, Jim: "How are you feeling now? Any better?"

               End, Laura: "A--souvenir." 

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

by Clifford Odet

Drama: Act I, Scene 4, Lorna (20-25) and Joe (22)

Found in: Golden Boy (PS3529.D46 G6x 1937)

Scene:  Start, Lorna: "Success and fame! Or just a lousy living."

               End, Joe: "I know."

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

by Clifford Odet

Drama: Act II, Scene 2, Lorna (20-25) and Joe (22)

Found in: Golden Boy (PS3529.D46 G6x 1937)

Scene:  Start, Joe: "Some nights I wake up--my heart's beating a mile a minute!:

               End, Joe: "Poor Lorna!"

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen

Drama: Act II, Hedda (25-35) and Judge Brack (40-50)

Found in: Character and Conflict (PN6112. K4); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start at the top of Scene Two.

               End, Hedda: "Yes. That would be a huge relief."

The Heidi Chromicles

The Heidi Chronicles

by Wendy Wasserstein

Comedy: Act I, Scene 2, Heidi (from 16-40) and Scoop (from 16-40)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prise Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Scoop: "Are you guarding the chips?"

               End, Scoop: "No. I trust them."

The Heidi Chromicles

The Heidi Chronicles

by Wendy Wasserstein

Comedy: Act II, Scene 5, Heidi (late 30s) and Peter (late 30s)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prise Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Heidi: "he seems very nice."

               End, Heidi: "Merry Christmas, Peter."

The Heidi Chromicles

The Heidi Chronicles

by Wendy Wasserstein

Comedy: Act I, Scene 5, Heidi (27ish) and Scoop (27ish)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prise Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Heidi: "Did she just say 'shake your booties,' doctor?"

               End, Scoop: "Honest you do."

The Heidi Chromicles

The Heidi Chronicles

by Wendy Wasserstein

Comedy: Act II, Scene 6, Heidi ((40) and Scoop (40)

Found in: The Pulitzer Prise Plays (PS634. C67); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Scoop: "Hello. Hello."

               End, Heidi: "Honest you do."

Largo Desolato

Largo Desolato

by Vaclav Havel

Comedy-Drama: Scene 6, Marguerite (early 20s) and Leopold (45-50)

Found in: Largo Desolato (PG5039.18.A9 L3713 1987)

Scene:  Start, Marguerite: "Good evening."

               End, Marguerite: "...and now, I'll awaken love in you!"

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

by Lillian Hellman

Drama: Act II, Regine (40) and Horace (45)

Found in: Plays by American Women (PS628. W6 P53 1994); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Regina: "Well. Here we are. It's been a long time."

               End, Regina: "You will see what I've done while you've been away. How I watched your interests."

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

by Lillian Hellman

Drama: Act II, Regine (40) and Horace (45)

Found in: Plays by American Women (PS628. W6 P53 1994); A Treasury of the Theatre (PN6112. G37)

Scene:  Start, Regina: "Well. Here we are. It's been a long time."

               End, Regina: "You will see what I've done while you've been away. How I watched your interests."

The Lover

The Lover

by Harold Pinter

Drama: One Act Play, Sarah (30-35) and Richard (30-40)

Found in: The Lover ; Tea party ; The basement : two plays and a film script  (PR6066.I53 L6 1967)

Scene:  Start, Richard: "Hello"

               End, Richard: "You lovely whore."

The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker

by Thornton Wilder

Comedy: Act I, Mrs Dolly Levi (45-50) and Horace Vandergelder (60)

Found in: Masters of Modern Drama  (PN6112. B4.8)

Scene:  Start, Mrs. Dolly Levi: "Oh, Mr. Vandergelder, how handsome you look! You take my breath away!"

               End, Mrs. Dolly Levi: "...very well; I'll meet you on one of those benches in from of Mrs. Molly's hat store at four thirty, as usual."

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

by August Strinberg

Drama: One Act Play, Julie (25) and Jean (30)

Found in: Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8); Introductions to Drama (PN6112. H3.2)

Scene:  Start, Jean: "Now you see! And now you heard, didn't you? Do you still think it is posible for us to stay here?"

               End, Jean: "Orders always sound unkind. Now you know. Now you know."

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

by August Strinberg

Drama: One Act Play, Julie (25) and Jean (30)

Found in: Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8); Introductions to Drama (PN6112. H3.2)

Scene:  Start, Julie: "Now come out and pick some lilac for me."

               End, Jean: "I swear."

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Drama: Act III, Scene 1, Lennie (30-40) and Curley's Wife (20s)

Found in: Of Mice and Men (PS3537.T3234 O2 1975)

Scene:  Start, Curley's Wife: "What--what you doin' here?"

               End, Lennie: "I'll throw him away. It's bad enough like it is."

The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson

by August Wilson

Comedy-Drama: Act II, Scene 2, Avery (38) and Berniece (35)

Found in: The Piano Lesson  (PS3573.I4567 P54 1990)

NOTE: Minority Play

Scene:  Start, Berniece: "Who is it?"

               End, Avery: "God says He will soothe the troubled waters. I'll come by tomorrow and bless the house."

Proof

Proof

by David Auburn

Drama: Act I, Scene 1, Robert (50s) and Catherine (25)

Found in: Proof (PS3551.U28 P7 2001) 

Scene:  Start, Robert: "Can't sleep?"

               End, Robert: "For you, Catherine, my daughter-who I love very much-- it could be a bad sign."

Proof

Proof

by David Auburn

Drama: Act I, Scene 1, Hal (28) and Catherine (25)

Found in: Proof (PS3551.U28 P7 2001) 

Scene:  Start, Catherine: "What?"

               End, Catherine: "S@$t!"

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry

Drama: Act III, Beneatha (20) and Asagai (mid 20s)

Found in: A Raisin in the Sun and the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (PS3515.A515 A6 1987)

NOTE: Minority Play

Scene:  Start, Asagai: "I came over...I had some free time."

               End, Asagai: "How often I have looked at you and said, 'ah--so this is what the New World hath finally wrought."

The Seagull

The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov

Drama: Act IV, Treplev (25) and Nina (21)

Found in: Masters of Modern Drama (PN6112. B4.8)

Scene:  Start, Treplev: "I've talked a lot about new forms."

               End, Treplev: "I hope no one sees her in the garden and tells Mamma. Mamma would be upset." 

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

by David Mamet

Comedy: One Act Play, Bernard (30-35) and Joan (25ish)

Found in: Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The duck variations (PS3563.A4345 S4)

Scene:  Start, Bernard: "Good evening."

               End, Bernard: "You got a lot of f*@#'n nerve."

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams

Drama: Act I, Scene 2, Stanley (about 30) and Blanche (early 30s)

Found in: Drama on Stage (PN6112. G6.4)

Scene:  Start, Blanche: "The poor little thing was out there listening to us."

               End, Blanche: "I didn't know she was going to have a baby."