4th Annual National August Wilson Monologue Competition Announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
JUJAMCYN THEATERS &
KENNY LEON’S TRUE COLORS THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCE
4TH ANNUAL NATIONAL AUGUST WILSON
AT AUGUST WILSON THEATRE
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012
New York, NY (March 6, 2012) – Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth, President) and True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) have announced the 4th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition will take place on Monday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). The event, which is free and open to the public, features high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright.
Founded in 2007, the Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition aims to expose a new generation of creative minds to the life’s work and artistic legacy of this seminal American playwright. Program participants in cities across the country encounter Wilson’s ten-play cycle and receive coaching from teaching artists as they prepare their monologues for local, city-wide and national competitions.
A panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the competitors and select a winner. The evening will also include performances by well-known Wilsonian veterans and special musical guests. The complete list of performers will be announced shortly. Among those who have previously lent their support as performers, judges and guests are Phylicia Rashad, Russell Hornsby, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Scott Rudin, Guy Davis, Lynda Gravatt, Keith Randolph Smith, Tamara Tunie, Katori Hall, Maurice Hines, Chris Chalk, LaTanya Richardson, Heather Alicia Simms, Pauletta Washington, and Mykelti Williamson, among others. In the past, students have had the opportunity to spend time with other prominent Broadway performers over the course of the weekend, including Denzel Washington and Daniel Radcliffe.
This year's competition will afford students from these cities around the country the opportunity to attend a Broadway show, work closely with two of Wilson’s closest collaborators: director Kenny Leon and dramaturg Todd Kreidler, and explore popular Manhattan attractions before making their Broadway stage debuts. This year, a semifinal round will take place at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (part of the Borough Manhattan Community College) The three finalists from each regional city will compete, and the top contestants will be chosen to perform on the August Wilson Stage on Monday evening, May 7th.
The top three contestants from the national competition are awarded college scholarship opportunities in addition to monetary awards and the gift of TCG’s Century Cycle collection. The first place winner will receive a $1000 cash prize, the runner-up a $500 cash prize and the honorable mention a $250 cash prize. Each of the winners will also become eligible for college scholarship opportunities.
The Monologue Competition is also featured in “The Start of Dreams”, a documentary directed by The Horne Brothers. Featuring A-list actors like Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Phylicia Rashad, “The Start of Dreams” is packed with Hollywood’s elite weighing in on this important art form and what it means to the United States. The documentary has been screened at 9 festivals across the country including the Atlanta Film Festival, the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the UrbanWorld Festival in New York. A trailer for the film is available at the link listed below.
The national August Wilson Monologue Competition is presented by Delta Airlines with additional funding support from Publix Supermarket Charities, Massey Charitable Trust, Bank of America, The Imlay Foundation, and Kathleen Rios.
For more information, visit www.truecolorstheatre.org/august-wilson-monologue-competition.
About Jujamcyn Theaters: Jujamcyn Theaters, founded in 1956, owns and operates five theaters on Broadway – the St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill, and Walter Kerr. Its current shows include The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, Leap of Faith, Clybounre Park and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Jordan Roth, Paul Libin and Jack Viertel are the company's President, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, respectively. Jordan Roth and Rocco Landesman are Jujamcyn's principals. Among the many shows which Jujamcyn has produced or presented are: American Idiot, Angels in America, Big River, Caroline or Change, City of Angels, Curtains, Death of a Salesman,Fela!, The Full Monty, Doubt, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Grand Hotel, Grease!,Grey Gardens, Guys & Dolls, Gypsy, Hair, Into the Woods, Jelly's Last Jam, A Little Night Music, Love! Valour! Compassion!, M. Butterfly, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Moon Over Buffalo, Nine, The Producers,Proof, The Secret Garden, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Spring Awakening, Sweeny Todd, Take Me Out, Tommy, The Weir and six plays by August Wilson.
True Colors Theatre Company is a national theatre company based in Atlanta, GA. Founded by Artistic Director Kenny Leon, and Managing Director Jane Bishop, True Colors mission is grounded and centered in the rich canon of African American classics with a strong commitment to diverse new voices. True Colors strives to be an important voice in the American discussion of diversity including plays and playwrights from various times, cultures and perspectives. True Colors next production is the world premiere stage production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner based on the screenplay by William Rose and adapted for stage by Todd Kreidler.
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