Duo Pieces

Resources include: titles of past winning state/sectional pieces, links to script information/databases, and a few book titles for collections.

DRAMATIC -- The following are pieces/collections found through research of the most famous, popular, recommended, or interesting sounding scripts. The focus for this listing of piece ideas was centered around scripts (easier to work with at times).

Soldering On by Alan Bennett (a Dramatic Monologue)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Portrait of a Madonna by Tennessee Williams
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
Clara by Arthur Miller
Extremities by William Mastrosimone
Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill
Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson
The Pavilion by Craig Wright
Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
Wit by Margaret Edson
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
Translations by Brian Friel
The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice
Buried Child by Sam Shepard
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Endgame by Samuel Beckett
A Loss of Words: The Story of Deafness in a Family by Lou Ann Walker
Warchild by Emmanuel Jal
You're Just Like My Father (from A Menopausal Gentleman) by Peggy Shaw
Wild Abandon and and See Bob Run by Daniel Macivor
Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge
4000 Miles by Amy Herzog
The Train Driver by Athol Fugard
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz
Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison
A Small Fire by Adam Bock
A Strange and Seperate People by Jon Marans
When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell
Compulsion or The House Behind by Rinne Groff
The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Read
Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom
Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
Proof by David Auburn
Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg
All the Way Home by Tad Mosel
Fences by August Wilson
Street Scene by Elmer Rice
The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer
A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard
If Booth Had Missed by Arthur Goodman
God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz
The Old Maid by Zoe Akins, based on the novel by Edith Wharton
Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff
In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks
The English Teachers by Edward Napier
The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
The Chosen by adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok
Closer by Patrick Marber
Red by John Logan
Hedwig and the Angry Inch text by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask
The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
Shotgun by John Biguenet
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Hello Herman by John Buffalo Mailer
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kaufman
Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan

HUMOROUS -- The following are pieces/collections found through research of the most famous, popular, recommended, or interesting sounding scripts. The focus for this listing of piece ideas was centered around scripts (easier to work with at times).

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
Slop-Culture by Rob Bedlam (From "TEN MINUTE PLAYS FROM ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE, Vol. 5") - DESCRIPTION: A group of 20-somethings, with pop-culture embedded within their veins, are faced with the reality of growing-up, life, and finding their cultural heritage after 25 years of bad television forming who they are.
Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White
The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
The Good Doctor by Neil Simon
Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Funeral Parlor by Christopher Durang
The Nature and Purpose of the Universe by Christopher Durang
Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You by Christopher Durang
The Way of the World by William Congreve
Harvey by Mary Chase
You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Deathtrap by Ira Levin (THRILLER: comedy WITH drama)
The Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo
Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Fool for Love by Sam Shepard
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
The Truth About Santa (an apocalyptic holiday tale) by Greg Kotis
The Weird by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (HORROR--so could be played comedic with drama)
English Made Simple by David Ives
The Liar by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Sure Thing by David Ives
A Flea in Her Ear by David Ives
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (Tragicomedy)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel
Second Best Bed by Tim Kelly
The Duck Variations by David Mamet
Jack and Jill by Jane Martin
Play it Again, Sam by Woody Allen
Rowan and Martin's Laugh In by All Groups
Don't Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti ; Adapted by Robin Hawdon
Wendy's Tale by Alan Haenhel
Babyhood by Paul Reiser
Cinderella and the Seven Dwarves by Klaire B. Pearson
Rinse the Blood Off My Toga by Wayne and Schuster
The Mathematics of Change by Josh Kornbluth (link includes his other works Haiku Tunnel and Red Diaper Baby)
The Language Archive by Julia Cho
Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn
Speech & Debate by Stephen Karam
Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle
The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
Me, Myself, and I by Edward Albee
Mrs. Mannerly by Jeffrey Hatcher
The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn
High School for Dummies by Bradley Hayward
Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn
Heroes Just Happen by Robert Finch and Betty Smith
Angry Young Women in Low-Rise Jeans with High-Class Issues by Matt Morillo
Love and How to Cure It by Thornton Wilder
Impressionism by Michael Jacobs
Jailbait by Deirdre O'Connor
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Jimmy Roberts
Offices by Ethan Coen
Pageant Play by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock
The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal
Hamlet II (Better than the Original) by Sam Bobrick, Original story by William Shakespeare
Till Death Do Us Part by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
Girl Talk by Dori Appel and Carolyn Myers
The Disappearance of the Three Little Pigs by Billy St. John
The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith
Catholic School Girls by Casey Kurtti
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
Pillow Talk by Peter Tolan
Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang
Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo
Motherhood Out Loud by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West
Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare
Living Out by Lisa Loomer
The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein

Interesting Collections

Scenes for Young Actors by Lorraine Cohen and Stephen P. Cohen (Ask your local librarian to help track down a copy if you cannot find a copy to purchase.)
50 Acting Scenes For Teens: Cool New Scenes For The Young Actor in America (Volume 1) by Bo Kane
Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing by Diane Timmerman
The Actor's Book of Scenes from New Plays: 70 Scenes for Two Actors, from Today's Hottest Playwrights by Eric Lane
Caffeine, Nicotine and Valor: Scenes and Poetry by S.L. Depner
30 Ten-Minute Plays from the Actors Theatre of Louisville for 2 Actors
Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays

PAST DUO STATE WINNING/FINALIST TITLES (Results were taken from Illinois’ State Finals since the 2000-2001 season. As the results list just titles, some links/authors could not be located.)

2000-2001
(Dramatic)
Shakespeare's R & J by Joe Calarco
Test Tube Lives (Unable to locate)
Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World by Peter Parnell
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
Hunter by Andrew MacDonald
Echoes by N. Richard Nash
(Humorous)
Let's Go Already! by Joshua John McKay
Single White Female (Unable to locate)
Jerry Finnegan's Sister by Jack Neary
Moose Mating by David Grae
God from Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy
The Complete History of America (Abridged) by Adam Long, Martin Reed, and Austin Tichenor
The Marriage Counselor by Joey Ouellette
Inconceivable (Unable to locate)

2001-2002
(Dramatic)
The Choice by Claire Luckham
The Best Medicine (Unable to locate)
Love and Sex (Unable to locate)
Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson
Death of a Miner by Paula Cizmar
Proof by David Auburn
(Humorous)
The Murder Room by Jack Sharkey
Three Step Method (Unable to locate)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
8 Simple Rules ... by W. Bruce Cameron
Gump
Script
Book

2002-2003
(Dramatic)
Astro 69 by Grant Matthews
Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
The Guys by Anne Nelson
How To Say Goodbye by Mary Gallagher
Feeding The Moonfish by Barbara Wiechmann
(Humorous)
Rules of Engagement (Unable to locate)
Private Lives by Noel Coward
Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley
Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives
Play It Again, Sam by Woody Allen

2003-2004
(Dramatic)
With A Secret (Unable to locate)
Birdy by William Wharton
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J Gaines
A Star Ain't Nothing But a Hole In Heaven by Judi Ann Mason
The Twilight of the Golds by Jonathan Tolins
(Humorous)
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig
Date With a Stranger by Cherie Vogelstein
How To Eat Like A Child by Delia Ephron
http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/" target="_blank">The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

2004-2005
(Dramatic)
King Hedley II by August Wilson
The Old Settler by John Henry Redwood
Split by Swati Avasthi
The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
(Humorous)
Laughing Wild by Christopher Durang
The Reduced Shakespeare Co. presentsThe Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) by Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Borgeson
History of White People in America by Martin Mull and Allen Rucker
Wish Fulfillment (Unable to locate)

2005-2006
(Dramatic)
Because I Love You by Max Max Lucado
Last Lists of my Mad Mother by Julie Jensen
Therac 25 by Adam Pettle
Lost In Yonkers by Neil Simon
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little by Paul Zindel
Picture This by Drew Carnwath
Scorned (Unable to locate)
(Humorous)
Open to Interpretation by Ken Bradbury
Romantic Fools by Rich Orloff
I'm With Stupid by Elaine Szewczyk
Barbra's Wedding by Daniel Stern
The Universal Language by David Ives
Private Wars by James McLure

2006-2007
(Dramatic)
Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
Olive Juice by Eric Champnella
Riding The Bus With My Sister by Rachel Simon
(Humorous)
Basic Training by David Rabe
All The Great Books: Abridged by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
Find Me A Primitive Man by Rich Orloff
Ah, Eurydice by Stanley Taikeff
Money Talks by Jason Milligan

2007-2008
(Dramatic)
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
Jitney by August Wilson
Holding Hope (Unable to locate)
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
Wrong for Each Other by Norm Foster
A Very Clean Place (Unable to locate)
Going to St. Ives by Lee Blessing
(Humorous)
Pillow Talk by Peter Tolan
The Right Time (Unable to locate)
White Chocolate by Elizabeth Atkins Bowman
Will You Please Shut Up? by Dan O'Brien

2008-2009
(Dramatic)
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
The Birthday Wish (Unable to locate)
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman
Book and Lyrics
Vocal Selections
Prelude to Thirty-Five by Seth Kramer
(Humorous)
Louis and Dave by Norm Foster
Saving the Greeks: One Tragedy at a Time by Jason Pizzarello
One Tennis Shoe by Shel Silverstein
A Tiny Miracle with a Fiberoptic Unicorn by Don Zolidis
The Stepford Guy by Rich Orloff

2009-2010
(Dramatic)
Ruined by Lynn Nottage
Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage
Sweet Nothing In My Ear by Stephen Sachs
BFF by Anna Ziegler
Fly Away (Unable to locate)
(Humorous)
Spies (Unable to locate)
Anna and August by Don Zolidis
Your Mother's Butt by Alan Ball
The Messiah (Unable to locate)

2010-2011
(Dramatic)
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Lost Souls Starboard Ho! by Kai Williams (Available through SpeechGeek)
For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay and Linda Gaboriau
A Very Common Procedure by Courtney Baron
Truly, Madly, Deeply
(Humorous)
The Big Bang by Boyd Graham & Jed Feuer
Boy Meets Girl by Sam Wolfson
Red Peppers by Noël Coward
Young Love
The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe
Matt & Ben by Mindy Kaling, Brenda Withers

2011-2012
(Dramatic)
The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
OR
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Unknown Part of the Ocean by Sheri Wilner
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
OR
Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan
Extremities by William Mastrosimon
The Rainmaker (Possibly the Novel by John Grisham?)
(Humorous)
Anna and August by Don Zolidis
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
The Rental by Rebecca Berto and Rogena Mitchell-Jones
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
Gutenberg! the Musical! by Anthony King and Scott Brown

2012-2013
(Dramatic)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Vintage International) by Alan Sillitoe
Cradle and All (Multiple Titles Exist)
That's Not All Folks by Mel Blanc and Philip Bashe
Sweet Nothing in My Ear by Stephen Sachs
Tribes by Nina Raine
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
(Humorous)
A Couple of Blaguards by Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt
Ah, Eurydice! by Stanley Taikeff
Find Me a Primitive Man by Rich Orloff
Mary Just Broke Up With This Guy by Garth Wingfield
Louis and Dave by Norm Foster

2014-2015 (Sectional Winning Pieces)
(Dramatic)
The Hours by David Hare
Life by Asphyxiation by Kia Corthron
I and You by Lauren Gunderson
A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle
Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
January First by by Michael Schofield
Once (multiple titles: could be a cutting from the film's script, or one from the musical)
Binnorie by Don Nigro
Blood (Modern Plays) by Emteaz Hussain
Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph
(Humorous)
The Producers by Mel Brooks (multiple titles: could be a cutting of the 1967 film, or one of the musical)
Moments Like These by Don Goodrum
Ten Easy Steps to Humiliation by Kelly Meadows
The Best Daddy by Shel Silverstein
The Modern American Romance Not Often Seen by Mark Troy
The Duet Show by David J. LeMaster
Anger Management for Dogs by Rupert Haigh
Marriage Is Murder by Nick Hall
The Under-a-Minutemen Present: Literary Canon Fodder! by Will Averill
First Kisses by Jay D. Hanagan
Breast Men by Bill Bozzone and Joe Di Pietro
Mandate by Kelly Younger
The Birdcage: The Shooting Script by Elaine May, Mike Nichols

2015-2016 (Sectional Winning Pieces)
(Dramatic)
Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
A Shayna Maidel byBarbara Lebow
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
The Woodsman by Steven Fechter
Flowers from Our Father by Carl L. Williams
'night Mother by Marsha Norman
Lungs (Oberon Modern Plays) by Duncan Macmillan
Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare
Little Moon of Alban by James Costigan
Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story by Sam Wolfson
Find Me a Primitive Man by Rich Orloff
Nobody's Perfect by Simon Williams
1944 - A Love Letter to Ma by Don Zolidis
Front Porch Chronicles by Sidney Ryan
Ambience Pizza by Adam Szymkowicz
1-800 by Joseph Sorrentino
Science: No Boys Allowed by Jane Nicolaas
Matterhorn by Rich Orloff
Perfect by Alan Haehnel
Maybe Baby It's You by Charlie Shanian and Shari Simpson
Wedding Duet by lauren wilson
The Harry and Sam Dialogues by Karen Ellison
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley