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

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  • 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.



Sending Down the Sparrows
Laura Lundgren Smith
As a reluctant member of the Hitler Youth, Viktor is surrounded by Nazi ideology, from the math problems he's given in class to the conversations he has with his friends. But Viktor is different, because he has a secret: his developmentally disabled sister, Alina, who he visits in a state institution.
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Drama
40 - 45 minutes
4 f, 7 m, 6 either (10-17 actors possible: 3-7 f, 5-13 m)
Lafayette No. 1
Mandy Conner
As the yellow fever epidemic ravages the streets of 1816 New Orleans, no one thinks of the orphans known as the Forgotten--except for Lizzie Landry.
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Drama
35 - 45 minutes
8 f, 7 m (15-25 actors possible: 8-13 f, 7-12 m)
Recommended Reading for Girls
Ellen Struve
Amy Saunders already has a lot on her mind when she arrives at her childhood home. Reeling from a recent layoff and a broken heart, she is staying over to help her mother through a round of chemo. So when Anne of Green Gables inexplicably shows up, it may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back...
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Comedy/Drama
70 - 80 minutes
7 f
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)
Badger (one-act)
Don Zolidis
Facing dangerous work with highly flammable powder as well as insidious sexism, the women form an unlikely friendship through joy and heartbreak. A vibrant ensemble brings the factory to life as each of the women confronts not only the challenges of entering the workforce in the darkest days of World War II, but also who she is and what she truly values.
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Drama
35 - 45 minutes
8 f, 5 m, 1 either (14-45 actors possible: 8-40 f, 5-37 m)
Peter/Wendy
Jeremy Bloom
Peter lures Wendy away from her nursery to the magical world of Neverland, where she joins his adventures with Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, and the menacing Captain Hook. A low-tech, inventive adaptation that pays homage to the darker themes of J. M. Barrie's original.
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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)
The House of Bernarda Alba
Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia
This taut and lyrical adaptation of The House of Bernard Alba brings Federico Garcia Lorca's classic parable of women and power to life in a rush of fans and castanets.
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Drama
25 - 35 minutes
15 f (9-30 actors possible: 9-30 f, )
Dark Road
Laura Lundgren Smith
Kind-hearted Lise is shocked at what her sister becomes, and though the two drift apart, their fates remain inextricably and dangerously linked. A powerful drama about the choices that allow evil to become ordinary.
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Drama
40 - 45 minutes
8 f, 3 m, 1 either (9-26 actors possible: 9-20 f, 0-6 m)
Anon(ymous)
Naomi Iizuka
Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family.
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Drama
90 minutes
6 f, 5 m (11-35 actors possible: 6-20 f, 5-15 m)
Kafka's Metamorphosis
Steve Moulds
Gregor Samsa awakes from horrible dreams to find himself transformed into a colossal vermin. So begins Franz Kafka's most celebrated work--and this play that takes us inside Gregor's head to reveal the existential dread smoldering there.
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Drama
75 - 90 minutes
13 either (11-20 actors possible: 11-20 f, 11-20 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. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty.
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Drama
90 - 100 minutes
4 f, 4 m (8-30 actors possible: 4-15 f, 4-15 m)
Antigone Now
Melissa Cooper
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. 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)
Oz
Don Zolidis
Reeling from her sister's death, Beth suddenly finds herself journeying through a world suspiciously resembling the film The Wizard of Oz. A hilarious and heart-wrenching exploration of grief and perseverance.
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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 Trojan Women
Ellen McLaughlin
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.
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Drama
70 - 90 minutes
12 f, 2 m (12-40 actors possible: 10-30 f, 2-10 m)
The Lost Boy
Ronald Gabriel Paolillo
Haunted by the tragic accident and his mother's harsh words, James M. Barrie slowly begins to confront his family's tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling
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Drama
110 - 120 minutes
3 f, 4 m (7-18 actors possible: 3-10 f, 4-8 m)
Double Double
Kathryn Funkhouser
s no wonder Emily can't sleep. She obsesses about awkward interactions in the past, she tries to predict the disasters of the future - and then, of course, there's three immortal witches sabotaging her drama club production of Macbeth so they can escape the mortal realm. You know, life stuff.
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Comedy/Drama
40 - 50 minutes
6 f, 8 either (12-40 actors possible: 6-40 f, 0-24 m)