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Dramatic Interpretation (often shortened to "Dramatic Interp," "Drama" or just "DI") is an event in National Forensic League (and NFL-related) high school forensics competitions.
In a typical round of DI, five to seven performers will each perform a "cutting" (excerpt) from a readily available, published (copyrighted or non-copyrighted) play, novel, or short story. As the name suggests, the cuttings are invariably from non-comedic (e.g., dramatic) works. Some performers select monologues, others may adopt the roles of many different characters, changing their tone, manner, and the position of their body to indicate a change in character.
After all of the competitors have performed, the judge (or judges) in the round will rank them from best to worst, and assign each of them a score. Contestants who score well will "break" out of preliminary rounds and continue to advance through octo/quarter/semi/final rounds if they continue to score well.
In college, DI cuttings must be from a play. Novels and short stories are used in prose.
The use of props is forbidden. Wearing a costume or attempting to dress "in character" is seen as a kind of propping. Performers are also unable to move, the speaker must stand in place.
There is a time limit of ten minutes.
Within the ten minutes, there must be an introduction which states the title and author of the selection. A "teaser" from the selection may precede the introduction.
|2013 NFL National Finalists - Birmingham, AL||Performed By:|
|1) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil ~ John Berendt||*BAMA BOWL* Anthony Nadeau, Royal Palm Beach High School - FL|
|2) Dennis: An Original Masterpiece ~ Eddie James||Kenneth Zhang, The Harker School - CA|
|3) The House at Sugar Beach ~ Helene Cooper||Emerald Egwim, Eagan High School - MN|
|4) My Life ~ Bruce Joel Rubin||Elijah Burton Beery, Salina High School - KS|
|5) I, Tina ~ Tina Turner||Tyara Hooks, Alpharetta High School - GA|
|6) The Gift of Tongues ~ Tyler Freeman||Christina Parker, Pascagoula High School - MS|
- Duo Interpretation
- Humorous Interpretation
- National Christian Forensics and Communications Association
- National Forensic League
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