Judges have been announced for the 11th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, which will be held May 6 at 7 PM at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).
Judges for the final round will include Narda E. Alcorn (production stage manager for Choir Boy, The Iceman Cometh), Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Marys Seacole), Tony nominee Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple, Orange Is the New Black), Tony-winning set designer David Gallo, Roslyn Ruff (Fairview, X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation), and Pauletta Washington (Beloved). The semifinals will be judged by Nehassaiu deGannes (Is God Is), Peter Kim (Wild Goose Dreams), and Michael Potts (The Prom).
Participants will perform monologues from Wilson’s ten-play Century Cycle; three finalists will be named. First place comes with a cash prize of $3,000, with second place receiving $2,000, and $1,000 for the third finalist. The winners will also be eligible for college scholarship opportunities.
The 2019 participants hail from Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; New Haven, Connecticut; New York, New York; Greensboro, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Seattle, Washington.
While in New York, students will also have the opportunity to be mentored by theatre professionals as they prepare for their final performance for the judges. Participants will also attend a performance of the new Broadway musical The Prom and work with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon.
The 7 PM event is free and open to the public. American blues musician and actor Guy Davis will also perform.
The August Wilson Monologue Competition is produced by Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth, President; Jack Viertel, Senior Vice President).