Maybe someone can help me - my mind can't come up with the name of the play but it is about a couple and runs in reverse - the first scene has the couple breaking up and the closing scene has them meeting.
EARTH AND SKY by Douglas Post has Sarah finding out her lover David has been murdered. Her involvement in tracking down the killer goes forward through the play while scenes of their love affair wind back to end the play with how they first met.
Well, for 30 years ago, and being a young actor about two weeks in NYC and growing up with the wonderful history, aura, mythology and excitement of Joseph Papp and the Public Theatre, I thought it was really neat...though I was not overwhelmed by it. Actors were very good, which is what Papp was all about.
Less than 2 months later, I was hired for my first professional job by Papp.
So there is a sweet spot in my heart for that time.
To tell you the truth, I would have hated to have been an actor operating under those conditions. I like things "set" as a performer. I am not a fan of improvisation as a performer. But, I especially have always admired talented people who are very good at what I am not good at. I am in awe of good singers. In rehearsal it is fun to improvise while trying to discover things, but once we have a show...just go out and do it and go home. But, the actors all did a wonderful job in that show.
Hey! I'm currently writing a play that works that way, too. It's set two years ago, two months ago, and now. I have a scene-by-scene outline, in "real" chronological order. When I started, I wrote scenes in the order I thought I wanted them to go in the play, but now I'm writing them in whatever order they come to me. As I write each scene, I make an index card with a short synopsis phrase ("M & T fight" or "J sells car"). When I've written all the scenes, I can spread out the cards and move them around until I find the right order. It's fun!