The Encounter – romantic drama for two actors

romantic drama for two actors


Paul encounters Laura, or rather a slightly tipsy and thus rather bold (or forward) Laura accosts Paul at an art gallery. They’re both met briefly at a dinner in the past and both remember each other. Paul is slightly shy at first, but Laura is so unconventionally forward that he soon warms up to her advances and starts to flirt back. But what will become of their evening?

The Encounter is one of the short plays which form a collection known as Ugly art, many of which have been published by Off The Wall plays.

Production History

THE ENCOUNTER was selected for the 2003 Third Annual Pregnant Chad New Plays Festival, Stormy Weather Players in New Windsor, New York and was produced off off Broadway. It was also produced in Los Angeles by Drama West.

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA – 2016
Melfort Amateur Dramatics – SK, Canada – 2018
The Old Nick theatre, Gainsborough, UK – 2019
Nirak Films, Warwichshire, UK – 2020


‘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…

Redditch Advertiser, Worcesterhire, England
Produce 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.’

Read more about playwright Terry Roueche. Other plays (Wilson) by Terry.

Author: Terry Roueche

Type: One act play, ten minute romantic drama

Genre: Romantic drama script

Cast: 1M 1F in cast

Ages of the actors: Cast should be over thirty years old

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Blank stage or stage with a painting on it. Wine glasses needed as props.

Length: Ten to fifteen minutes long

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – actors should be able to show the subtle nuances involved when a man and woman intially flirt and then get more serious.

Read a Sample of the Script

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Copyright © November 2015 Terry Roueche and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other romantic plays for two actors:

Uncovered – romantic drama for 1 M 1F set in Chicago
Wallflower house – play about conquering agoraphobia
Naked – one act romantic comedy about internet dating

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