- January 6, 2014 - Application Deadline
- January 25, 28, 29, 30 & February 1, 2014
- Atlanta Preliminaries
- February 17, 2014 - Atlanta Semi-Finals
- March 3, 2014 - Atlanta Finals
- May 3-6, 2014 - National Finals on Broadway
The monologue competition, which focuses on the plays of August Wilson's Century Cycle, is broken into three phases: The Atlanta preliminaries are on January 25, 28-30, and February 1, 2014.
And the Atlanta finals are on March 3, 2014 at 7 PM at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
The top three winners of the Atlanta finals will be awarded scholarships and the opportunity to compete against winners from other participating states in the National Finals on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre on May 3-6, 2014. The local and national finals are free and open to the public.
As part of the competition, students are asked to perform a 2-3 minute monologue of their choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson's Century Cycle. The selection should be dialogue taken from one character within a scene that includes a point-of-entry into the character and a personal connection to the selected material.
Contestants will be judged by a panel of Atlanta theatre and media 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.
August Wilson's Century Cycle is a singular achievement in American theatre. Each of the ten world-class plays is set in a different decade of the twentieth century. At the plays' core are soaring, lyrical monologues that take the song, laughter, pain, and rich content of African American life and place it in the mouths of the most 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 worked closely with August directing many of the Century Cycle plays on Broadway and at major regional theatres and True Colors Associate Artistic Director Todd was Dramaturge for Wilson's last play and Director of his one-man show.
"The goal of the competition is to build partnerships with schools and theaters across the United States, and to create educational materials about August Wilson that allow students to connect these important theatre works with educational curricula like history, social studies and literature," said Todd Kreidler, Associate Artistic Director, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company. "This monologue competition offers students of all races the opportunity to inhabit the lives and speak the words of these vital, lively characters."