2nd Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition

Presented at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
Rockwell Hall  -  1300 Elmwood Avenue at 12 noon

The August Wilson Monologue Competition focuses on the plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, which chronicle the African American experience through the 20th century.  Each play is set in a different decade and is filled with soaring, lyrical monologues that take the song, laughter, pain, and rich content of African American life and places it in the mouths of the greatest and varied ensemble of characters written since Shakespeare. The inspiration for the competition was sparked by two of August Wilson’s closest living collaborators, Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler. Kenny Leon, the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, worked closely with Wilson; directing most of the Century Cycle plays on Broadway and at regional theatres. 

“The goal of the competition is to help garner partnerships with communities, schools and theaters across the United States, and to create educational materials about August Wilson that allow students, of all races, to connect these important theatre works with educational curricula like history, social studies and literature.” Each student will perform a 1-3 minute monologue of his or her choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

The competition is open to High School Students grades 9-12 of all ethnic backgrounds

To date there are a total of twelve cities participating in this competition: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Greensboro, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland and Seattle. The 1st and 2nd place winners of the regional cities will meet in New York City to compete at the National level.

Running Dates:
2/09/2019 - 2/09/2019

Paul Robeson Theatre