2023 — Ridgeland, MS/US
The selection shall require no more than ten (10) minutes. There is a 30-second grace period. Students who exceed the time limit by more than thirty seconds should not be given first place in the round.
The selection shall be a cutting from a single published work of literature. Recorded material that is not published is not acceptable. Lines which are attributed to a character in the published material may not be attributed to another character in the performance. The original of the piece must be present at the tournament for verification purposes.
Participants will establish focus for the other character, but except for during the introduction, eye contact is not allowed.
The selection must be memorized.
The two performers may play one or more characters as long as the performance of the two competitors remains as balanced as possible.
Participants should react to each other’s verbal and nonverbal expressions, but they may not touch each other. Touching during introduction is allowed, however.