Dramatic Interpretation is an event in National Forensics League and
high school forensics competitions.
In a typical round of DI, five to seven performers will each perform a
"cutting" (excerpt) from a published 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 several characters, changing their tone of voice, manner
of speaking, and bodily position to indicate a change in character.
Performers are constrained in their acting repertoire: the use of
props, for instance, is forbidden.
After all of the competitors have performed, the judge (or judges) in
the round will rank them from best to worst.