Fill in the Play
By YOU and Sarah Gancher

This play is part mad lib, part improv game.

Before you begin, some things you should know:

-It's more fun to play with a friend, or better yet a group. Zoom it up!

- It’s appropriate for all ages (but for attention span reasons, best for ages 6+).

- There are many questions. Always type in the first answer that pops into your head: don’t try to be funny or meaningful, don’t slow yourself down like that. Go for speed.

- You don't need to use quotation marks.

- For best results, follow the phrasing hints beneath selected questions. (But it's fun when things don't make sense, too).

-Enjoy the meditative quality of this game.Things don’t need to make sense. Be present. Do it all in one sitting. Have coffee or something delicious with you. Cuddle up with a blanket. Treat it like an epic puzzle.

- When (and only when) you have answered every question, your completed “play” will be emailed to you.
Email address *
Your Name *
Your answer
Name of City *
Could be fictional or real.
Your answer
Important local form of transportation *
plural (ie: bikes, motorcycles)
Your answer
Local insect *
Your answer
Street animal native to city *
Your answer
Local food *
Your answer
Main job in this city *
Your answer
Problem in the city *
Your answer
Gathering place in city *
Your answer
Name of the plague afflicting the city *
Your answer
Description of the plague afflicting the city *
Your answer
Name given to citizens of city (ie “New Yorkers,” “Angelenos,” “Parisians”) *
Please capitalize
Your answer
verb *
ie run, jump, swim
Your answer
Name *
Any name will do.
Your answer
Pronoun *
Profession *
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Who your protagonist hangs out with *
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What kind of thing do they say? *
Your answer
The other person your protagonist hangs out with *
Your answer
What kind of thing does this other person say? *
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Protagonist’s catchphrase *
Your answer
Obsession (ie bugs, fitness, sour patch kids, conspiracy theories) *
Your answer
Personality quirk *
One word adjective, ie: shy, zealous, bookish, aggressive
Your answer
Protagonist’s immediate goal *
begin with "to", for example: to win the big fight, or to get into college
Your answer
How would reaching that goal change protagonist’s life? Phrase it in first person (“If I can only win the big match, I know I’ll get the girl.”) *
Your answer
In the protagonist’s words, say what the protagonist wants. *
Begin with "I just want to..." For instance: I just want to buy a nice house and get a dog.
Your answer
OK but what does protagonist REALLY want out of life? *
Answer in one word.
Your answer
Silly name *
Your answer
How is the leader of the city robbing it? *
Begin with a verb+ing, ie: selling people fake goods, sneaking into peoples' windows at night, hypnotizing widows
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Dastardly thing the leader might say *
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Another dastardly thing this terrible leader might say *
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An awful, selfish, stupid thing this leader might say *
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How leader hurt the protagonist’s family *
For example: he kicked her/his family out on the street, he gave her/his family the plague, he cut their mother off in traffic
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Leader’s negative effect on city *
Your answer
New name *
Your answer
Something Antagonist would say *
Your answer
Insult *
A mean, nasty thing to call someone: jerk, schmuck, etc
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What antagonist would say to tell protagonist why s/he can’t have what s/he wants *
Your answer
Verb + ing *
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Location *
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Something protagonist says to antagonist *
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What antagonist says back *
Your answer
What protagonist replies *
Your answer
How antagonist answers this reply *
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Protagonist cuts to the chase by saying... *
Your answer
Antagonist threatens Protagonist by saying... *
Your answer
What is Protagonist’s new quest? Begin with “To...” (ie “to find the man who killed her brother”) *
Your answer
Stage One of Quest *
For instance: find Doctor Evil
Your answer
Stage One Location *
Your answer
Stage Two of Quest *
for instance: steal Doctor Evil's secret
Your answer
Stage Two Location *
Your answer
Stage Three of Quest *
for instance: tell the world all of Doctor Evil's crimes
Your answer
Stage Three Location *
Your answer
Significant Object *
Your answer
Fateful Advice *
Your answer
Name of a troublemaker *
Your answer
Problem they cause *
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What the troublemaker says while making trouble for protagonist *
Your answer
Supernatural figure *
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Name of Test or Trial *
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Trick to winning the test *
For instance: hold your breath, stuff your ears with cotton, don't say your name
Your answer
Landmark in underworld *
Your answer
Detail in underworld *
Your answer
Describe how the test the hero must undertake, the more detail the better *
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Reason for being in a place *
Your answer
Reason to hate somebody *
Answer with words that complete this sentence: I hate the way you______
Your answer
Another reason to hate somebody *
Answer with words that complete this sentence: I hate the way you____
Your answer
What happens in the moment the protagonist achieves their goal? *
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What does Protagonist say to Leader to confront him with the great damage he’s caused? Write a speech, the more impassioned the better (but all off the top of your head, don’t think too hard.) *
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How does leader respond? *
Your answer
What Protagonist says back *
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What leader says next *
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How does Protagonist win this encounter? *
Your answer
What does the Leader say when he realizes he’s been beaten? *
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How does the plague end? *
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What is Protagonist’s happy ending? *
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Name one example of how things have changed after the plague *
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Name another example of how things have changed after the plague *
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Name a third example of how things have changed after the plague *
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Name an example of how things have NOT changed after the plague *
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Name another example of how things have NOT changed after the plague *
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Name a third example of how things have NOT changed after the plague *
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Write the last stage direction in the play. *
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Song *
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