Entrances and Exits

By | April 21, 2019


Exits. Word Game. Walkout.


Each performer will be endowed with a word. If the performer hears their word spoken in the scene they must enter if offstage or they must exit if onstage.  A performer may not use their own word to enter or exit the scene.


Entrances and Exits is a handle that is used to complicate an open scene. This structure could also be used as an exercise to enhance listening and justification. Here we are covering the performance version of the structure. The host assigns a single word to each performer who could be in the scene. The host should get a variety of word types like nouns, verbs, adjectives. The scene starts with one performer on stage and no performer may enter until they hear their word. If the first performer does not speak another performer’s word they will be on stage alone.

Entrances and Exits plays with the narrative of an open scene. Narrative should not be abandoned to force performers to run off and on stage. No doubt this would be fun and funny however a stronger scene will arise when a narrative tool is adhered to. The performers do not just walk off or on stage without explanation. If a performer has to leave the scene they will have an explanation. When a performer enters the scene they will fit themselves into the narrative.


  • The host gives a performer a conjunction or other common word.
  • Performer does a solo set not speaking any of the chosen words.
  • Rapidly repeating a performer’s word sending them on and off stage.
  • Urging a performer to exit but not saying their word and berating them for remaining.


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