This improv game is in the following improv game categories:
Have 2 players perform a scene, perhaps give them a title or a location, but
also give them a subtext for their character. Subtexts might be:
- you want to seduce the other
- you are a nerd
- you like to make people laugh
- you want to impress others
- you are a nasty person
- you try to be ordinary
- you are an optimist/pessimist
you will never find a girlfriend/boyfriend
If you are using this in a workshop it might be a good idea to ask the
players how one would behave given a certain subtext. Stress that you are
looking for Truthfulness .
This is an excellent technique to find a character. You can actually
use this for performance - just give yourself a subtext when you jump onto
the stage and see what happens.
See also Status .
Described in Impro for Storytellers
: the book contains an appendix
on how to play for different subtexts.