August Wilson Monologue Competition Sets Date

News   August Wilson Monologue Competition Sets Date
The annual contest, featuring high school students from across the nation, will be presented next month on Broadway.
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True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters will present the 8th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition May 2 at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre.

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The free event is open to the public and will feature high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing monologues by the late, celebrated American playwright. Each student is also given the opportunity to see Hamilton and The Color Purple on Broadway, as well as the chance to work closely with two of Wilson’s closest collaborators: director Kenny Leon and dramaturg Todd Kreidler.

A panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the performers. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, the runner-up a $1,000 cash prize and the honorable mention, a $500 cash prize. Each of the winners will also become eligible for college scholarship opportunities, and all finalists receive the gift of TCG’s Century Cycle collection.

There will also be a performance by musician and actor Guy Davis, with additional special guests to be announced.

The competition is aimed at introducing Wilson’s work to new generations and nurturing his legacy. Program participants engage with Wilson’s ten-play cycle and receive coaching from teaching artists before presenting their monologues on the Broadway stage.

The August Wilson Theatre is located at 245 West 52nd Street, Manhattan. For more information on the event visit

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