Duo Interpretation (DUO)

Q&A: What to Expect in Duo Interpretation

VIDEO: Sample Duo Interpretation

From the National Speech and Debate Association:

Two competitors team up to deliver a ten-minute performance of a published play or story. Using off-stage focus, Duo Interpretation competitors convey emotion and environment through a variety of performance techniques focusing on the relationships and interactions between the characters. No props or costumes are used. Performances may also include an introduction written by the students to contextualize the performance and state the title and author.

Sample Pieces:

  • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rachel Sheinkin
  • Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
  • Expecting Isabel by Lisa Loomer

Want to team up for Duo? Visit http://www.speechanddebate.org/duointerp for more, or visit the Jefferson City High School, MO team’s excellent website to find some ideas and resources for pieces.