For a fourth year, Seattle Rep will join colleagues in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and Portland to present the national August Wilson Monologue Competition. This competition is an opportunity for high school students to perform an August Wilson monologue for a chance to win cash prizes and a trip to New York City.
Students prepare a monologue from playwright August Wilson’s Century Cycle, a collection of ten plays representing 100 years of the African American experience. Seattle Rep will host workshops in the winter at which time all eligible contestants can learn more about the competition, select a monologue from Mr. Wilson’s Century Cycle, and receive coaching from theatre professionals.
Our three Seattle finalists Alexis Baldridge, Josiah Townsend, and Jazzy Ducay performed at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway on May 5 as competitors of the National August Wilson Monologue Competition. Their trip to New York City included a tour of Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, a performance of Tony-nominated musical After Midnight, and a workshop with program founders Kenny Leon and Todd Kriedler.