George Washington Carver High School will host citywide preliminary auditions for the 11th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, a national scholarship effort coordinated by Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, on site January 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. The competition is open to all students, in grades 9-12, within the Greater Columbus Georgia region. Students must submit an application by January 15, 2018 in order to compete.
The competition focuses on the plays of August Wilson’s "American Century Cycle," which chronicle the African American experience throughout the 20th century. 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 "American Century Cycle" plays on Broadway and at regional theatres. Todd Kreidler, former Associate Artistic Director for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, was Dramaturge for Wilson’s last play and Director of his one-man show.
Each student will perform a one to three minute monologue of their choice from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s "American Century Cycle." Contestants will be judged by a panel of Atlanta theatre professionals on the basis of preparedness, understanding of the text, emotional connection to the material, and commitment to the performance. The District encourages students of all cultural backgrounds to participate.
Students who advance beyond the citywide competition will have an opportunity to compete in the semi-final rounds in Atlanta. The top two winners in Atlanta will be provided an all expenses-paid trip to New York City, with free airfare and hotel accommodations, to compete in the final round at the August Wilson Theatre, May 7, 2018. Each competitor in the final round will attend a Broadway play, perform in front of college recruiters, and compete for a national scholarship.
Applications are currently available online at tinyurl.com/AWMC2017-18app. For more information, visit truecolorstheatre.org or contact Adrie Keaton, Education Coordinator at (404) 532-1901, ext. 214 and email@example.com.