Humorous Interpretation Pieces

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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)
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
Cinderella and the Seven Dwarves by Klaire B. Pearson
Rinse the Blood Off My Toga by Wayne and Schuster
The Language Archive by Julia Cho
Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn
Speech & Debate by Stephen Karam
Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle
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
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

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.)

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):
Multiple Play Titles
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
Oedi by Rich Orloff
The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller
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

2003-2004 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

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
Ruthless (Book and Lyrics by Joal Paley. Music by Marvin Laird)
Snappy's Happy Half Hour by Don Zolidis

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
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
Controlling Interests by Wayne S. Rawley
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Finn

Friendly Competition by Jesse Jamison
Sealed For Freshness by Doug Stone
Pinnochiante by Allen Harris (Available through SpeechGeek)
The Whole Shebang by Rich Orloff

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 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
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

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
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