Playscripts Makes UIL Play Selection Easy!



If you are looking for new, challenging plays for Texas 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? CONTACT US and we will get in touch with the author.
  • 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 or CALL US at 1-866-639-7529.



Dark Road
Laura Lundgren Smith
A challenging drama from Texas's very own Laura Lundgren Smith.
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Drama
40 - 45 minutes
8 f, 3 m, 1 either (9-26 actors possible: 9-20 f, 0-6 m)
The Shape of the Grave
Laura Lundgren Smith
Another challenging drama from the author of Dark Road.
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Drama
35 - 40 minutes
4 f, 3 m, 8 either (9-30 actors possible: 4-15 f, 2-15 m)
Sending Down the Sparrows
Laura Lundgren Smith
An impactful drama and testament to the people with disabilities persecuted in the Holocaust.
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Drama
40 - 45 minutes
4 f, 7 m, 6 either (10-17 actors possible: 3-7 f, 5-13 m)
Peter/Wendy
Jeremy Bloom
A pre-approved shortened version of this play is available upon request. Contact us at info@playscripts.com for details.
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Comedy/Drama
65 - 75 minutes
3 f, 2 m, 2 either (7-30 actors possible: 3-30 f, 2-30 m)
Over the Tavern
Tom Dudzick
A warm and hilarious look at family, growing up, and God.
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Comedy/Drama
150 minutes
3 f, 4 m
Digging Up the Boys
Laura Lundgren Smith
The mine where three men work is old, nearly picked clean and about to be closed, when part of it collapses, trapping them.
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Drama
40 - 45 minutes
3 f, 4 m, 1 either (8 actors possible: 3-4 f, 4-5 m)
Lockdown
Douglas Craven
In a dark classroom, eight students sit in an "official lockdown," not knowing if it's just a drill or an actual emergency.
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Drama
20 - 35 minutes
4 f, 4 m, 1 either (9-11 actors possible: 3-8 f, 4-8 m)
Oz
Don Zolidis
A hilarious and heart-wrenching exploration of grief and perseverance on the road to acceptance.
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Comedy/Drama
40 - 50 minutes
4 f, 4 m, 4 either (8-16 actors possible: 4-8 f, 4-8 m)
The Other Room
Ariadne Blayde
By turns funny and heartbreaking, The Other Room is a compelling and sensitive glimpse into a unique and misunderstood mind.
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Comedy/Drama
25 - 35 minutes
1 f, 5 m
Booby Trap
Ed Monk
In the near future, an American soldier sits in a combat zone, trapped by a land mine. As he waits to see what will happen to him, scenes from his past, present, and future unfold around him.
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Drama
30 - 35 minutes
6 f, 5 m, 6 either (11-17 actors possible: 5-12 f, 5-12 m)
Antigone Now
Melissa Cooper
This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story.
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Drama
50 - 60 minutes
3 f, 1 m (4-11 actors possible: 2-10 f, 1-9 m)
The Jungle Book
Monica Flory
n 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.
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Adventure comedy/drama
60 - 75 minutes
5 f, 4 m, 10 either (12-22 actors possible: 0-22 f, 0-22 m)
The Trojan Women
Ellen McLaughlin
A modern adaptation of the classic Greek play.
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Drama
70 - 90 minutes
12 f, 2 m (12-40 actors possible: 10-30 f, 2-10 m)
A Voice in the Dark: A Salem Story
Elizabeth Downing
Told through the eyes of a teenager, A Voice in the Dark: A Salem Story is a thrilling and poignant tale from one of the darkest eras in American history.
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Historical Drama
70 - 85 minutes
7 f, 3 m, 5 either (13-18 actors possible: 7-15 f, 3-8 m)
Snow Angel
David Lindsay-Abaire
Told through journal entries and interactions among the students over the course of a single snow day, Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.
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Comedy/Drama
60 - 80 minutes
8 f, 8 m
Medea
Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia
A condensed adaptation of the classic tragedy that effectively explores Medea's disjointed psyche within the context of ancient Greek values.
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Drama
35 - 45 minutes
13 f, 2 m (11-27 actors possible: 9-21 f, 2-6 m)
And a Child Shall Lead
Michael Slade
This is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the "Jewish city" established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps.
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Drama
90 - 100 minutes
4 f, 4 m (8-30 actors possible: 4-15 f, 4-15 m)
Alice in Wonderland
Jason Pizzarello
A darker, more faithful version of Lewis Carroll's classic tale that reimagines the experience of Wonderland, and ends with an unexpected new twist.
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Drama/Comedy
30 - 40 minutes
9 f, 9 m, 12 either (11-38 actors possible: 5-32 f, 6-33 m)
Lafayette No. 1
Mandy Conner
A haunting and immediate historical drama.
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Drama
35 - 45 minutes
8 f, 7 m (15-25 actors possible: 8-13 f, 7-12 m)
Ago
Mandy Conner
A mystical, inventive coming-of-age tale.
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Drama
40 - 50 minutes
5 f, 2 m, 4 either (11-30 actors possible: 5-15 f, 2-15 m)