Humorous 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).

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 HI STATE WINNING/FINALIST TITLES (Results were taken from Illinois’ State Finals since the 2000-2001 season. Since the results only list the title, finding the author/link was not always possible.)

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Best in Show by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy

God, The Ultimate Autobiography by Jeremy Pascall

Stay Carl Stay by Peter Tolan

The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Coming Attractions by Ted Tally, Music by Jack Feldman, Lyrics by Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman

Coup by Jane Martin

Young Frankenstein by Gene Wilder (based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; script was also helped by Mel Brooks)




The Emperor's New Clothes (multiple works by this title):

Christian Andersen and Virginia Lee Burton

Multiple Play Titles

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

Competition Piece by John Wells

Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire

Fully Committed by Becky Mode

The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang

Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

Picasso by Don Nigro

Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: The Best of the Onion by Siegel, Onion Staff, and The Onion

Oedi by Rich Orloff

The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Women Behind Bars by Tom Eyen

Little Red Riding Hood (Multiple Titles: there is the original fairy tale with MANY variations and adaptations. There are also numerous plays.)

Billy Aronson's Version

Around the World in a Bad Mood by Rene Foss

Kick Me by Marc Palm


Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence by Paul Feig

I Hate My Sister Maggie by Crescent Dragonwagon

Live and In Color (Unable to locate)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Larry Gelbart, Burt Shevelove, Stephen Sondheim

The Merchandise King by Clyde & Hendrickson

A Christmas Twist by Illegitimate Players

Western Civilization: The Complete Musical (Abridged) by Reed Martin, Tichenor, Nick Graham, and Dee Ryan

Romeo, You Idiot by Tim Kochenderfer

The Bible: Complete Word of God (Abridged) by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Matthew Croke

Bat Boy by story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe

God's Favorite by Neil Simon

O Brother, Where Art Thou? by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Homer’s Odyssey


Winchell Mink: The Misadventure Begins by Steve Young

Camp Sunshine by Ken Bradbury

The Least Offensive Play In The Whole Darn World by Jonathan Rand

Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room by Christopher Durang

Jimmy The Antichrist by Keith J. Powell

Bobby Wilson Can Eat His Own Face by Don Zolidis

Big Momma n' ‘Em by Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

The History Of Mankind (Unable to locate)

Ruthless (Book and Lyrics by Joal Paley. Music by Marvin Laird)

Snappy's Happy Half Hour by Don Zolidis

i, freddy by Dietlof Reiche and Joe Cepeda

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean

Egg Story by Marc Schmidt

Miss Polly's Institute for Criminally Damaged Young Ladies Puts on a Show by Dan Zolidis

Baby by Conrad E. Davidson

The Foreigner by Larry Shue

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge by Christopher Durang

How To Survive a Horror Film by Seth Grahame-Smith and a forward by Wes Craven

McSweeny's Joke Book of Book Jokes by McSweeny

The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka and Steve Johnson

Disney's Aladdin (Disney Classic Series)



How We Talk in South Boston by David Lindsay-Abaire

Chicken Bones for the Teenage Soup by Alan Haehnel

Charlie The Caterpillar by Deluise and Christopher Santoro

Controlling Interests by Wayne S. Rawley

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Finn

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss

Friendly Competition by Jesse Jamison

A ... My Name is Alice by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd

Sealed For Freshness by Doug Stone

Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations by Simon Rich

Pinnochiante by Allen Harris (Available through SpeechGeek)

The Whole Shebang by Rich Orloff

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Disney Mom Group Therapy by Mo Gaffney

The Audition by Don Zolidis

I Married a Pope by Rich Orloff

Animal Tales by Don Nigro

Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair by Marco Ramirez

How to Kiss a Girl by Wade Bradford

The Devil in Sherman Marsh by Don Zolidis

The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone

How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by by F. Zia and Ken Min

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog by Joss Whedon


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Staggering Heartbreak of Jasmine Merriwether by Don Zolidis

Finding Ryan (Unable to Locate)

GEE!: A Play About a High School Glee Club Without Any of that Annoying Singing by Dean O'Carroll

2014-2015 (Sectional Winning Pieces)

Willa Wonkie and the College Tour (Chocolate Not Included) by E. S. Follen

The Midlife Crisis of Dionysus by Garrison Keillor

Graduation for Dummies! by Ian McWethy

Swine just wanna have fun by Ray Ivey

Gary the Unicorn and Tina the Man O' War River Dance Their Way into the History Books by by Matt Mills

The NSA's Guide to Winning Friends and Influencing People (Or, What We've Learned from Watching You) by Don Zolidis

Drugs Are Bad by Jonathan Rand

Darcy's Cinematic Life by Christa Crewdson

Meet the Roommates by Jonathan Rand

Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex by Julia Weiss

The Genetically Altered Book of Genesis by Connor McElroy

From the Mouths of Babes by Eva Anderson

10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Don Zolidis

Big Momma n' 'Em by Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

2015-2016 (Sectional Winning Pieces)

Men Who Worry Too Much And Hug Too Little by Janice Fronczak

Danny's How to Blog on Surviving Middle School, Defeating the Bad Guys, and Ruling the World by Bridget Grace Sheaff (From "star lit: volume ten")

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rebecca Feldman and William Finn

Moonraker Versus High School by Matt Mills

Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Whitty, and Jeff Marx

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

Breaking Badly by Jonathan Rand

Flight 212 to LA by D’Arcy Robb

50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Bad Auditions by Bad Actors by Ian McWethy

The Staggering Heartbreak of Jasmine Merriwether by Don Zolidis

The Internet is Distract--OH LOOK A KITTEN! by Ian McWethy

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

The LA LA Awards by Latins Anonymous