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.)

2000-2001
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

2001-2002
Young Frankenstein by Gene Wilder (based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; script was also helped by Mel Brooks)
Script
Movie
Musical
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

2002-2003
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
Lists

2003-2004 Around the World in a Bad Mood by Rene Foss
Kick Me by Marc Palm
OR
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

2004-2005
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
Script

2005-2006
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

2006-2007
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

2007-2008
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

2008-2009
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)
Movie
Script

2009-2010
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

2010-2011
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

2011-2012
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

2012-2013
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

2013-2014
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
How to Train Your Dragon (multiple formats: a book and a screenplay exist)
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