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Exercise 5 • Three-Character Conflict
Write a scene that places three characters in a situation of modulated conflict. Write the scene using correct stage terminology, with dialogue as needed, and bring the scene to a resolution. Minimum length: 5-6 pages.
Adding a third character to conflict is like adding a joker to a card game: The possible outcomes multiply dramatically. Mathematics plays a part. Let’s say you have two characters (for our purposes, James and Trish), only four basic configurations are possible to express their feelings toward each other.
- They like each other.
- They dislike each other.
- Trish likes James, but James dislikes Trish.
- James likes Trish, but Trish dislikes ...