Johnson File

An exercise that focuses on making mundane offers more important.

Rules:

One player is on stage and another player enters, handing them a file with the dialogue, “Here’s the Johnson File.” The player who receives the Johnson File will then make a statement revealing how important this object is, “The Johnson File! The last piece of evidence that will clear my name!” Then the players switch roles and repeat the exercise.

Objectives:

This exercise shows players that any offer can be heightened and made vital to the scene. There are no bad offers, only poor follow-ups.

Comments:

Make sure the players are being specific as to why the Johnson File is important to them. Try playing the game for an extended period of time, pushing the students past the point where the ideas come quickly and allow them to get creative and absurd with their follow-ups.

Adaptations:

The game can be played with different opening offers as well, “It’s Tuesday” is a popular variation.