The Associate – short drama scripts for two actors

short drama scripts for two actors


In this drama piece for two adult actors, 1M 1F, set at the opening of an exhibition of a painting at an art gallery, a couple discuss their relationship and how easily infidelity can happen. Their relationship is likened to the red painting that is being exhibited behind the actors.

Watch the play, The Associate produced by Nirak Films, based in the UK

Read about playwright Terry Roeche. Other short plays by Terry.


The associate is one of the pieces from a series collectively known as Ugly Art.

Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Canada
Edmonton Fringe Festival 2009
Produced by Dreamscape Theatre, UK
Melfort Amateur Dramatics, SK, Canada – 2018
The Old Nick theatre, Gainsborough, UK – 2019
Nirak Films, Warwichshire, UK – 2020

5 out of 5 Stars
“Art is a subjective creature. One gallery patron sees a monochromatic masterpiece; another sees nothing more than red paint… Back and forth goes the dialogue like a piping hot potato, keeping our attention for the full 75 minutes… It’s a hoot, but perhaps it’s because we catch a glimpse of ourselves in each couple that Red Wine & Canvas resonates so strongly.

Redditch Advertiser, Worcesterhire, England
Produced by Mouthpiece Theatre, Worcestershire, England 2004

“Putting on a theatre performance is always a risky business. You don’t know whether the audience will turn off he telly and risk the chance of a waster evening. Mouthpiece Productions remedies this by taking theatre to the people. And if has certainly deliver the goods with its latest festival offering – Ugly Art… The show was a treat – a performance of this quality is worth traveling to watch. The show was light accessible and above all, very entertaining.

Sumter Item, Sumter, South Carolina
Produced by Urban Theater of Sumter 2004

“Three large canvases (blue, yellow and green) one bench and a small table displaying several wine glasses set the stage for “Ugly Art,” written by last year’s South Carolina playwright’s winner Terry Roueche… The play itself is sophisticated dialogue, evoking laughter through seven vignettes that explore a variety of topics – marriage, control, snobbery, fidelity and artistic talk…


… was selected for the 1998 Theatre Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) One-Act Series.
… was a third place winner in the 1997 Porter Fleming Writing Competition sponsored by the Greater Augusta (GA) Arts Council.
… was selected for the 1996 New Play Festival at Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.

Author: Terry Roeche

Genre: short drama scripts for two

Type: Short One act play, duologue

Length: 7-10 minutes

Cast: Two adults, 1m 1F. She’s attractive

Ages of the actors: 30’s to middle age

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Simple. Black box theatre or 1 red painting

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – conversational style script but holding audience’s attention as they talk to them.

Read a Sample of the script

Cost is $7 for this award winning play script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about The Associate

© September 2014 Terry Roeche and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this script? Other plays for two actors:

In the Drink – melodrama for two
My Child – drama about an unwanted teen pregnancy
Two brothers – drama about family Alzheimers

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.