Playscripts Makes UIL Play Selection Easy!



If you are looking for new, challenging plays for UIL, Playscripts (an approved UIL publisher) is here to help:

  • Browse by genre, length, theme, cast size and more using our powerful FIND-A-PLAY search.
  • Read lengthy script samples of every play (usually around 90%) absolutely FREE!
  • Need to get a cutting approved? Email us as info@playscripts and we will get in touch with the author. Many of our authors are familiar with UIL and routinely approve cuttings.
  • For a select group of titles (details below) pre-approved cuttings are available upon request. Contact us for details.
  • In addition to being a UIL-approved publisher, Playscripts has a number of pre-approved titles (details below).

Below is a selection of titles to get you started. Or, begin your search using FIND-A-PLAY. If at any point you need assistance in finding a play, our team is here to help. Email us at info@playscripts.com or call us at 1-866-639-7529.


Pre-Approved Cuttings


A lyrical, atmospheric interpretation of Peter Pan that strips the familiar story down to its emotional essence.
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Cast: 3 f, 2 m, 2 either (7-30 actors possible: 3-30 f, 2-30 m)

A pre-approved shortened version of this play is available upon request. Contact us at info@playscripts.com for details. To read the FREE SAMPLE of the full version, go HERE.
Best For: High Schools
Similar Titles: Anon(ymous), I and You, Snow Angel



A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.
Genre: Comedy
Cast: 3 f, 2 m, 2 either (7-50 actors possible: 3-48 f, 2-47 m)


A pre-approved shortened version of this play is available upon request. Contact us at info@playscripts.com for details. To read the FREE SAMPLE of the full version, go HERE.
Best For: High Schools



This fictionalized account of the creation of Peter Pan will warm the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 3 f, 4 m (7-18 actors possible: 3-10 f, 4-8 m)



A pre-approved shortened version of this play is available upon request. Contact us at info@playscripts.com for details. To read the FREE SAMPLE of the full version, go HERE.
Best For: High School

One-Act Dramas


Austin is a brilliant teenage astronomer who happens to have autism. Lily is his popular classmate who happens to have an interest in astronomy. When a chance encounter after school leads to a growing connection between them, Austin's imagination, intelligence, and constant struggles to connect with the world are revealed in the form of four characters representing his inner life.
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Cast: 1 f, 5 m
By turns funny and heartbreaking, The Other Room is a compelling and sensitive glimpse into a unique and misunderstood mind.
Best For: High School
Similar Titles: Down Came the Rain, 4 A.M.



In a dark classroom, eight students sit in an "official lockdown," not knowing if it's just a drill or an actual emergency.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 4 f, 4 m, 1 either (9-11 actors possible: 3-8 f, 4-8 m)


An intense and topical story that has thrilled audiences at nearly 300 productions.
Best For: High School



Kyle Macmanus has invested millions in a high-tech work of art -- fifteen human-figure sculptures programmed to perform thousands of movements, monologues, dialogues, and more. But just when Kyle is about to sell the sculpture, it malfunctions; the figures are alive.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 4 f, 4 m, 13 either (12-30 actors possible: 2-30 f, 2-30 m)

With over 500 productions, this is one of the most successful dramas in the Playscripts catalog.
Best For: High School

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PRE-APPROVED PLAYS


In the near future, an American soldier sits in a combat zone, trapped by a land mine.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 6 f, 5 m, 6 either (11-17 actors possible: 5-12 f, 5-12 m)




Produced nearly 400 times, this is an intense and thought-provoking drama.
Best For: High School



In the midst of a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 3 f, 1 m (4-11 actors possible: 2-10 f, 1-9 m)


This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story.
Best For: High School



In this action-packed adaptation of the classic adventure story, precocious Mowgli grows up believing he's as fierce a wolf as any of the members of his pack.
Genre: Adventure comedy/drama
Cast: 5 f, 4 m, 10 either (12-22 actors possible: 0-22 f, 0-22 m)

An enchanting adaptation of the classic work that has been called "both scrupulously faithful to Rudyard Kipling and completely original in its approach." (The New York Times)
Best For: Middle School, High School





Deaf to the warnings of her nurse and chorus, grief-stricken Medea seeks solace in destroying Jason, her unfaithful husband.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 13 f, 2 m (11-27 actors possible: 9-21 f, 2-6 m)


A condensed adaptation of the classic tragedy that effectively explores Medea's disjointed psyche within the context of ancient Greek values.
Best For: High School



The rural South. Present day. Geordi has just been released from prison. He and his wife, Terri, a member of the Holiness Way sect, struggle to re-build their marriage. One night in service, Geordi handles snakes for the first time and is bitten in the throat and dies. Three days later, before the astonished eyes of the congregation, Geordi resurrects.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 4 f, 7 m (9-14 actors possible: 3-6 f, 6-8 m)
From the author of the Tony-Winning play All the Way.
Best For: High School
Similar Titles: Brother Wolf



In the wake of their devastating defeat, the women of Troy, all now widows, wait on the beach below the ravaged city to be claimed by their Greek conquerors as slaves and concubines.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 12 f, 2 m (12-40 actors possible: 10-30 f, 2-10 m)





A modern adaptation of the classic Greek play.
Best For: High School
Similar Titles: Helen, Ajax in Iraq



When Scottish war hero Macbeth is told by three witches that he will become king, he and his wife descend down a path of murder and betrayal.
Genre: Drama
Cast: 2 f, 2 m (4-12 actors possible: 2-10 f, 2-10 m)





William Shakespeare's classic tragedy unfolds fast and furiously in this abridged one-act version, trimmed to the story's very essence.
Best For: High School



As Apollo 11 is about to land on the moon, the Pazinski family gathers to honor their late father's memory, and they quickly become entangled in each others' problems.
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Cast: 3 f, 4 m



In this hilarious, heartfelt sequel to Over the Tavern, the Pazinski family has left the conservative 1950s for the rebellious 1960s. But prior knowledge of this working-class family is not a prerequisite to appreciating their ongoing trials and triumphs.
Best For: High School

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