Scene Library

The scene library is a compilation of scenes from historic plays by women to be used exclusively by acting instructors and students.

Special thanks to Maria-Christina Oliveras and Jacqueline Knapp for their time and commitment. 

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(1 W, 1 M) Frank admits her love for Gaskell.
 

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Rachel Crothers
Rachel Crothers
Rachel Crothers (1878-1958) had nearly 30 plays produced on Broadway between 1906 and 1937; and she directed most of them herself. “In the last 200 years, a respectable number of women have left their mark on American theater, but few of them have had as impressive a career as Rachel Crothers,” wrote the New York Times in 1980, adding “Although it is rare now to find anyone who has heard of her, Miss Crothers at the apex of her career was the symbol of success in the commercial theater.” Born i…
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(1 W, 1 M) Fritz, a Dutch violinist, confesses to his friend Frank, a female writer, that he has concerns about the honor of Malcolm Gaskell, the man she loves.  
 

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Rachel Crothers
Rachel Crothers
Rachel Crothers (1878-1958) had nearly 30 plays produced on Broadway between 1906 and 1937; and she directed most of them herself. “In the last 200 years, a respectable number of women have left their mark on American theater, but few of them have had as impressive a career as Rachel Crothers,” wrote the New York Times in 1980, adding “Although it is rare now to find anyone who has heard of her, Miss Crothers at the apex of her career was the symbol of success in the commercial theater.” Born i…
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(2 W) Singer Lione confronts writer Frank with her suspicions about Gaskell, and the two find a new appreciation and regard for each other.
 

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Rachel Crothers
Rachel Crothers
Rachel Crothers (1878-1958) had nearly 30 plays produced on Broadway between 1906 and 1937; and she directed most of them herself. “In the last 200 years, a respectable number of women have left their mark on American theater, but few of them have had as impressive a career as Rachel Crothers,” wrote the New York Times in 1980, adding “Although it is rare now to find anyone who has heard of her, Miss Crothers at the apex of her career was the symbol of success in the commercial theater.” Born i…
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(1 W, 1 M) Harriet, a university student, goes head to head with her father, a congressman, about the state of society and the problems with the wealthy class. 
 

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Hallie Flanagan
Hallie Flanagan

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(1W, 1M) At Chumley Rest, Dr. Sanderson interviews Veta about her brother, Elwood, who Veta wishes to have committed at the sanitarium. Dr. Sanderson suspects that Veta should be the patient.
 

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Mary Chase
Mary Chase
Born on February 25, 1907 in Denver, Colorado, Mary Coyle Chase grew up immersed in the Irish folktales of her mother’s family.  She would later use those legends as inspiration for her fantastical stage plays and novels.  After graduating high school, Chase attended the University of Denver and then the University of Colorado before landing a job with the Rocky Mountain News and working as a New Deal National Youth Administration publicity director.  It was at Rocky Mountain News--where she wor…
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(1W, 1M) Dr. Sanderson and Nurse Kelly discuss the mix up regarding Veta being the patient, not Elwood  
 

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Mary Chase
Mary Chase
Born on February 25, 1907 in Denver, Colorado, Mary Coyle Chase grew up immersed in the Irish folktales of her mother’s family.  She would later use those legends as inspiration for her fantastical stage plays and novels.  After graduating high school, Chase attended the University of Denver and then the University of Colorado before landing a job with the Rocky Mountain News and working as a New Deal National Youth Administration publicity director.  It was at Rocky Mountain News--where she wor…
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(2M) Dr. Chumley and Elwood discuss the wonders and powers of Harvey.
 

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Mary Chase
Mary Chase
Born on February 25, 1907 in Denver, Colorado, Mary Coyle Chase grew up immersed in the Irish folktales of her mother’s family.  She would later use those legends as inspiration for her fantastical stage plays and novels.  After graduating high school, Chase attended the University of Denver and then the University of Colorado before landing a job with the Rocky Mountain News and working as a New Deal National Youth Administration publicity director.  It was at Rocky Mountain News--where she wor…
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(2W) Veta and Myrtle discuss the embarrassment they must endure due to Elwood’s friend Harvey, while hosting an afternoon tea party.
 

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Mary Chase
Mary Chase
Born on February 25, 1907 in Denver, Colorado, Mary Coyle Chase grew up immersed in the Irish folktales of her mother’s family.  She would later use those legends as inspiration for her fantastical stage plays and novels.  After graduating high school, Chase attended the University of Denver and then the University of Colorado before landing a job with the Rocky Mountain News and working as a New Deal National Youth Administration publicity director.  It was at Rocky Mountain News--where she wor…
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