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Submitting a Play or Scenic Item for Approval

DECEMBER 14 is the POSTMARK deadline for high school. Your play submission MUST BE POSTMARKED no later than December 14, 2019 if you are planning on performing a play that is not already on one of the approved lists.

The League's Play Appraisal Committee evaluates from August 1–December 14 for high schools and August 1-April 15 for junior high schools. No plays will be accepted after those dates.

 

MAILING ADDRESS:

Paula Rodriguez, State Theatre Director

UIL

1701 Manor Rd.

Austin, Texas 78722

 

For Plays Not on the Approved Lists

To request an approval you will need to do the following:


1. Fill out and submit the current year's  online "One-Act Play and Scenery Approval Request Form 2019-20."

    LINK TO THE HIGH SCHOOL FORM Opens August 1

    LINK TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FORM Opens August 1


2. Mail the following:

     a) A copy of your "One-Act Play and Scenery Approval Request Form 2019-20."


     b) The complete published play which specifically and clearly indicates:       

          i) The exact portions of the total script to be used. This includes dialogue and action. (Highlighted in Yellow)

             NOTE: If you are doing the play in its entirety, with no cuts, you do not need to highlight your script.

             However, YOU MUST include a note with your submission with this information. (Post-it notes work just fine!)

             Sending a completely unmarked script and no note will mean that your play is returned to you unread.

         ii) Deletion of all dialogue and business not to be used. Make it clear that you are cutting but light enough that a reader can look at the 

            material that has been eliminated. (Strike-through in pen

        iii) Deletion of all language and action that violates the "Standards Rule." (Strike-through in pen

        iv) Deletion of scenery that might restrict approval. Make it clear that you are cutting but light enough that a reader can look at the

            material that has been eliminated. (Strike-through in pen)

 

         Need a visual reference? SAMPLE Script marking

 

    c) A $30 evaluation fee payable to: "The University of Texas at Austin, UIL." (Checks or money orders only). (Billing address your school

        finance office may have on file: University Interscholastic League / P.O. Box 8028 / Austin, Texas 78713). If you are submitting a play

        approval request along with a scenic request, you only need to pay one $30 evaluation fee.

 

NOTE: If you are doing the play in its entirety, with no cuts, YOU MUST include a note with your submission with this information. Sending a completely unmarked script and no note will mean that your play is returned to you unread.

 

For Scenery for Plays Already On the Approved Lists

1. Fill out and submit the current year's  online "UIL One-Act Set Approval Request Form."

   HIGH SCHOOL LINK Opens August 1

   MIDDLE SCHOOL LINK Opens August 1

 

2. You will need to attach a combined pdf document containing the folowing:

     1.  A scale drawing of the complete ground plan of the proposed set.

     2.  A scale drawing of each proposed addition to the basic set.

     3.  A full description of all materials to be used in construction of each proposed addition to the basic set.

 

3. A $30 evaluation fee payable to: "The University of Texas at Austin, UIL." (Checks or money orders only). (Billing address your school

    finance office may have on file: University Interscholastic League / P.O. Box 8028 / Austin, Texas 78713).


 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What are some of the common reasons that plays are rejected or are sent back unread?

Common reasons why plays are sent back unread:

• strike-throughs are made in pencil. (strike-throughs should be in pen)

• script is sent only partially marked--large passages are neither highlighted or marked-through. The reading committee, while very talented, are not mind readers.

• the play is already on one of the approved lists

• you sent a xeroxed copy of the script, in violation of copyright law

• the play was sent after the deadline (Dec 14 for high schools)

 

Common reasons why plays are rejected:

• the play is "story theatre" or "reader's theatre" with dialogue primarily directed to the audience. If it features too many monologues and/or lacks character interaction, it cannot be judged by UIL standards.

• the play hasn't been cut enough, i.e. a 75-page play with only 10 pages of dialogue/action cut

• little to no attempt has been made to clean up the script for language and/or action that is not appropriate for school competition

• the play lacks literay merit, it resembles a bad Saturday Night Live sketch with no character development or story through-line

 

2. My play was rejected by the reading committee, what should I do?

If your play was rejected for lack of literary merit...you need to find a new play. There are close to 1000 titles on our approved lists for you to consider, HERE

If your play was rejected because it is "story theatre" or "reader's theatre", if it features too many monologues and lacks character interaction...you need to find a new play. There are close to 1000 titles on our approved lists for you to consider, HERE

If your play was rejected because you didn't follow the directions above--you didn't cut enough or you left in all of the @#$! curse words, you may resubmit your play for approval, as long as it is before your submission deadline (Dec 14 for high schools and 45 days before contest for junior high). Please note that you will need to submit a $30 reading fee again, as it is considered a second submission.