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AWMC Atlanta Region

August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC)

This annual competition for Georgia high school students, grades 9 - 12, coordinated by True Colors Theatre’s Director of Education, Nikki Toombs, 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.

About AWMC

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.  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.  As a result, both have intimate knowledge of August Wilson as an artist and as a person. According to Kreidler, “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.”

The Contestants

Each student will perform a 1-3 minute monologue of his or her choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. The selection can be a written speech or dialogue taken from one character within a scene, but should include a point-of-entry into the character and a personal connection to the selected material.

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Judging

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. Past judges have included V103’s Frank Ski and Wanda Smith, WABE’s Lois Reitzes, actor Jasmine Guy, CNN anchor Holly Firfer and NBA All-star Joe Barry Caroll. True Colors also offers free acting workshops and a compendium for teachers in order to prepare participants for the competition.

Workshops

City-Wide

October 2019 - January 2020 | Specific dates to be announced

In-School

October 2019 - January 2020 | Specific dates to be announced

Important Dates

February 15, 2020
Semi- Finals

February 22, 2020
Master Workshop

March 6, 2020
Atlanta Regional Finals

May 2020
National Finals
New York, NY

Preliminaries

January 22, 2020
Discovery High School

January 23, 2020
Alabama School of Fine Arts

January 24, 2020
Carver High School (Columbus)

January 25, 2020
Heritage High School

January 28, 2020
Salem High School

January 30, 2020
Drew Charter School

January 31, 2020
Martha Ellen Stilwell

February 1, 2020
Kennesaw State University

February 3, 2020
Red Light Arts

February 4, 2020
Stockbridge High School

February 5, 2020
Cambridge High School

January 22, 2020
Discovery High School

Atlanta Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition Sponsors

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