The goal of our scene was to force the our scene partner to react. Nish was lying back eating popcorn with his feet on the couch. I walked in and asked him to make some room on the couch. Nish moved slightly so I could sit on the couch and then put his legs on my lap. I was pissed and let Nish know it.
Matt Higbee interjected into the scene, “What do you want, Krish? Go get it!” I took the note and turned to Nish, yelling, “I want you out!” I took the popcorn out of Nish’s hand. Nish accused me of being rude, and I started talking about how frustrated I was. Nish shot back that I was being unreasonable.
Matt Higbee interjected into the scene, “What do you want, Krish? Go get it!” I took the note again, stood up off the couch, and started packing a suitcase for Nish and handed it to him. Nish was surprised and reacted to this. He said he was going to tell the neighbors what a bad person I was.
Matt Higbee interjected into the scene, “What do you want, Krish? Go get it!” I unlocked the apartment door and started to shove Nish out. He resisted, yelling to the neighbors about how bad I was. I covered his mouth and continued to push.
Matt Higbee called the scene and noted that I could have been more assertive, pushed Nish out, locked the door behind me, and Nish would have had the choice of waiting outside knocking on the door, yelling, etc.
The scenes after proceeded in a similar fashion. Two siblings argued about whether or not to go to prom, and then Matt Higbee told them, “Go get it!” The scene ended with one trying to escape out the window in a prom dress while the other blocked the window.
The thing that fascinated me the most about this process was how much more dynamic and real the scenes felt after. They became less about negotiation and more about actively exploring our wants. I also became conscious of how my habits were keeping me from this type of improvisation. It requires drilling to become muscle memory. May it lead to more dynamic scenes with more realistic reactions!