The August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) featured students performing monologues from the legendary playwright's American Century Cycle of plays that document 100 years of the African American experience.

After over a decade of celebrating the work of the great August Wilson through the AWMC (2010-2021), Seattle Rep and our partners across the country are joining Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in their launch of the Next Narrative Monologue Competition (NNMC).

The Next Narrative Monologue Competition will give high school students across the country and the broader public exposure to some of the country’s most notable contemporary Black playwrights. After many years of incredible success in producing a national monologue competition for high school students, we are expanding the scope to create direct engagement with living playwrights for education and inspiration.

Chandra Stephens-Albright, True Colors’ Managing Director

Next Narrative Monologue Competition

August Wilson & the AWMC

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    The Playwright

    Known as the "American Shakespeare," August Wilson is recognized as one of the most influential playwrights of our time.

  • Artwork for The American Century Cycle

    The American Century Cycle

    Wilson's 10-play cycle explores the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the 20th century.

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    Did You Know...?

    Read on to learn some little-known facts about Wilson, his work, and his time at Seattle Rep.

  • Artwork for 2021 AWMC Regional Finalists

    2021 AWMC Regional Finalists

    Meet the 2021 Regional Finalists who represented our region at the virtual 2021 National Finals.

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    Still Loading

    Watch the August Wilson-inspired, student-written virtual performance Still Loading... (2021) by Kent Meridian High School.

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    Reading List

    Celebrate Wilson's legacy by reading all ten of his American Century Cycle plays.