In this category, two people work together to choose and perform a published work of literature. It can be serious or humorous in nature. Each person can portray one or more characters. Performances should reflect the nature of the literature, making the characters believable. There should be a strong chemistry shown between characters.
Official Rules - 2013
- Duo interpretation features two students interpreting together one or more selections from a single published source or a single anthology of prose, poetry, and/or dramatic literature, serious and/or humorous, with literary merit and appropriate to the readers. The students' script may be limited to a single author or genre but may include material from more than one genre and/or author so long as the material comes from that single published source. Each student may portray one or more characters. Costumes, props, make-up, special lights, scenery, stools, or chairs, music stands, or lecterns may not be used.
- An introduction must be presented at the beginning of the interpretation and this introduction, along with any transitional remarks necessary for the selection, may be delivered by either or both of the participants. A "teaser" may be used, provided that it comes from one of the selections being used and is duly noted.
- Duo Interpretation is an oral interpretation event and shall be judged as such. There shall be no body contact between speakers. Facial expressions, movement, and gestures may be used as appropriate to the piece. Eye contact is permitted with audience members during narration. Focal points may be employed during dialogue. Interpreters may refer to each other and make eye contact with each other during the introduction and/or transitions.
- A copy of the script must be filed with the Contest Manager before each contest. Updated copies of the script must be submitted at Subsection, Section and State levels.
- Should one original member of a Duo be unable to compete, a substitute may be named to perform in his/her place. The use of a script is optional, provided it is not used as a prop.
- THE MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT IS EIGHT (8) MINUTES, INCLUDING A REQUIRED INTRODUCTION AND NECESSARY TRANSITIONS. A THIRTY (30) SECOND GRACE PERIOD SHALL BE PROVIDED AT ALL LEVELS OF COMPETITION.
Complete speech rules and FAQs on rule interpretations can be found on the MSHSL website.