I Need Some Relationship Suggestions
January 17, 2013 12:42 PM Subscribe
I teach an improv workshop from time to time, and one of the most popular games that I created is "Dysfunctional Relationships."
What this involves is a set of cards, each with a type of simple interpersonal relationship on it. For example, here are some relationships that might be on the cards:
To play the game, two actors come on stage and each draw one relationship card which they look at and show to the audience (but not each other). They then begin a scene where they have to create a relationship similar to what is on their card, but without negating anything the other actor says. This usually results in hybrid scenes about hilarious dysfunctional relationships. For example, if one person draws the "Pet/Owner" card and the other person draws the "Manager/Employee" card, you get a scene like:
"You're late again! This is the third time this week!"
"I'm sorry, I got distracted when I passed several fire hydrants on my way here, and I had to stop to pee on them."
"Yes, HR has told me about your unique disability, but you still have to understand that your productivity is really under par. This company has expectations of you."
"Sir, I understand that. If I might offer a suggestion, maybe my productivity would improve if you took me out on walks and petted me more often."
Anyway, my problem is that I lost my relationship cards recently. It took me a really long time to come up with that list, especially since I had to carefully cull options that would result in relationships that might be disturbing and unfunny to the audience. (For example, the "parent/child" and "grandparent/grandchild" cards were removed after a painful scene where the two actors drew both of them at the same time.) It would be a real pain to think up an entire new set of relationship ideas by myself, so I'm hoping that the hive-mind can help me come up with potential interpersonal relationships so that I can make up a whole new set of cards.