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.)

2000-2001
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

2001-2002
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

2002-2003
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

2003-2004
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

2004-2005
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

2005-2006
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

2006-2007
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

2007-2008
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)

2008-2009
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
Book
Play
Life is Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
The Body of a Woman (Unable to locate)

2009-2010
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).

2010-2011
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

2011-2012
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

2012-2013
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

2013-2014
Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop by Danny Hoch
The Domino Heart by Matthew Edison
The Bridge by Kay Bratt
OR
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
Medusa
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