Dramatic Interpretation Pieces

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

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

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


Pretty Fire by Charlayne Woodard

Crippled Lady from The Spook Show by Whoopi Goldberg

My Left Breast by Susan Miller

Othello by William Shakespeare

Closetland by Radha Bharadwaj

The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me... by Dan Butler


Jason (Unable to locate)

Emma's Child by KristineThatcher

God Said, "Ha!" by Julia Sweeney

Telephone Man by Don Flick

The Fisherman by Larry Huntsperger

Seven Guitars by August Wilson


Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith

Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill by Lanie Robertson

Speakeasy (Unable to locate)

Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

Frozen by Bryony Lavery

Sunday, Sunday by Sandra Fenichel Asher

The Crimson Thread by Mary Hanes


2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron

Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, adapted by Frank Galati

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

Having Our Say -- The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Emily Mann, adapted from the book Having Our Say by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, based on the lives of Sadie and Bessie Delany (NOTE: DI performance could be based upon the book and NOT the play; uncertain with given information)

Grief-Struck (unable to locate)

Liliane -- Resurrection of the Daughter, Room in the Dark by Ntozake Shange


Inside Out-Upside Down (Unable to locate)

Just Checking by Emily Colas

I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright

Tell Tale by Jeffrey Hatcher

I Might Be Edgar Allen Poe by Dawson Nichols

I don't know what I'm doing by Donald Margulies


Zooman and the Sign by Charles Fuller

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Bums by Robert Shaffron

Tamam by Charles Chilton Moore

Wings by Arthur Kopit


The Domino Heart by Matthew Edison

Deaf Day by Leslie Ayvazian

Credo (multiple works sharing this title; this one by Melvyn Bragg)

Faith Healer by Brian Friel

The Very First Dating Video of Rose Ritz from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Music by Jimmy Roberts; Lyrics by Joe Dipietro)

The Tricky Part by Martin Moran


The Glory Box by Tim Miller

Video Clip

A Hand to Hold (unable to locate)

Dear Zoe by Philip Beard

Not Poor, Just Broke from Nigger : An Autobiography by Dick Gregory

Born On A Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

Man (Unable to locate)

The Waltz (Unable to locate)

The Gift of Tongues (Unable to locate)


Widows and Children First from Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein

The Goldfish Went On Vacation by Patty Dann

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion



Life is Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

The Body of a Woman (Unable to locate)


In the Divide (Unable to locate)

Confessions of a Mormon Boy by Steven Fales

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Fireflies in the Dark by Annie Chandy Mathew (Go to “contents” at the top of the menu to easily get to the short story Fireflies in the Dark.)

Blackout (multiple works with this title, but this piece by Gary Lennon seems most appropriate).


Guardians by Peter Morris

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort

Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco

Daddy's Little Girl by Maggie Higgins Clark


The Block Party (Unable to locate)

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Our Man of Perpetual Sorrow (Unable to locate)

Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story by Frank Meeink

I Might Be Edgar Allan Poe by Dawson Nichols


Pride and Joy by M.L. Rice

The Rules of the House (unable to locate)

The Thief of Tears from Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher

Breath, Boom by Kia Corthron


Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop by Danny Hoch

The Domino Heart by Matthew Edison

The Bridge by Kay Bratt
The Bridge: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale

My Left Breast (A Play) by Susan Miller

Redeployment by Phil Klay

2014-2015 (Sectional Winning Pieces)

Crafty by Paul Rudnick (from The New Century (Collection))

Paloma by Anne García-Romero


Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall

Punished : A Mother's Cruelty. A Daughter's Survival. A Secret That Couldn't Be Told by Vanessa Steel

Bitch Boxer (Oberon Modern Plays) by Charlotte Josephine

Judy Garland on Judy Garland by Randy L. Schmidt

The Last Flapper by William Luce

Blonde Poison by Gail Louw

Her by Christa Parravani

White People by J.T. Rogers

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey

Tru by Jay Presson Allen, Truman Capote

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History by by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice

2015-2016 (Sectional Winning Pieces)

Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir by Lorna Luft

Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Pissy's Wife by Ron Chambers

Grounded by George Brant

Silent Nights of Firefly Light by Eric Benson

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Stolen Time by Sunny Jacobs

Commencement by Clay McLeod Chapman (possibly)

The Face of Emmett Till by Mamie Till-Mobley and David Barr III

Elephant's Graveyard (One-Act Version) by George Brant (there is a longer version available through Samuel French as well)

Instruments of Yearning by Judith Thompson (From "Palace of the End)

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed - A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford

Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Robin Gaby Fisher

Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop by Danny Hoch