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5th Annual National August Wilson Monologue Competition Set for Monday, May 6

Rick Miramontez / Michael Jorgensen
rick@oandmco.com / michael@oandmco.com



MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013

New York, NY (May 3, 2013) – Jujamcyn Theaters and True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) have announced the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition  on Monday, May 6th 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.

Judges for the 2013 Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition will include Pauletta Washington (actress), Crystal Dickinson (actress), Brandon Dirden (actor), James A. Williams (actor), and David Gallo (scenic designer). The evening will feature a performance from musician Guy Davis and a scene from Wilson’s Two Trains Running performed by Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson at The Signature) and Billy Eugene Jones (The Big Knife).

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.

This year's competition will afford students from these cities around the country the opportunity to attend the Broadway musical Motown, 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 Signature Theatre Center. 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 6th.

The top three contestants from the national competition will receive monetary awards. 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 and all finalists receive the gift of TCG’s Century Cycle collection.

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 Macy’s, 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, is widely recognized as a Broadway innovator, championing shows that push theatrical boundaries and delivering service and hospitality that redefines both the theatergoing and theatre-making experiences.  The company owns and operates five Broadway theatres including the St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill, and Walter Kerr. The dynamic leadership team is led by Jordan Roth, Paul Libin and Jack Viertel, the company's President, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, respectively. Jujamcyn presents some of the most influential and successful musicals and plays on Broadway today. Current and upcoming productions include The Book of Mormon, Bullets over Broadway, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots and The Testament of Mary.  Past productions include American Idiot, Angels in America, Big River, Caroline or Change, Clybourne Park, Fela!, Grey Gardens, Guys & Dolls, Hair, The Heiress, How to Succeed in Business, Into the Woods, M. Butterfly, Manilow on Broadway, The Producers, Proof, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Spring Awakening and 6 plays by August Wilson.  In addition to its core theatre business, Jujamcyn operates Givenik.com and Red Awning. Givenik.com is a unique service allowing theatergoers to buy discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice. The program currently supports over 500 charitable organizations from major national agencies to local PTA groups. Red Awning provides executive producing services to a variety of Broadway and touring productions.

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 productions are August Wilson's Two Trains Running in February 2013 and the world premiere musical Shakin' the Rafters by David H. Bell in July 2013.

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