Written and performed by high school students, this ingenious one-act play shows two teenagers exploring their complicated feelings about each other. The teens explore the confusion they feel about this new development in their relationship.
Have students analyze the play in terms of the elements of drama.
Use as an example to inspire students to create their own one-act plays.
Discuss with students the importance of obstacles in creating plots. Give the students different scenarios and have them improvise the scenes. The scenarios should include an obstacle that the students must work to resolve through their improvisation.
Use in a social studies class to combine drama and history. For instance, in a unit on the Middle Ages, have students research a person or event and working in groups create a skit depicting their person or event.
Basics, written by Nicole King, is a one-act play performed by students at Walden Theatre in Louisville. In the play, two characters explore their confusing feelings for each other. The characters are two teenagers, one boy and one girl. The audience gains insight into the characters’ thoughts through the monologues of each character. Even though events hinge on a technology now outdated—the landline telephone and “busy signal”--students should be able to relate very well to this drama that touches on the theme of falling in love and dealing with the feelings and emotions involved.