Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, local high school students will showcase their entries into the Chicago finals of the fourth annual August Wilson Monologue Competition. Be there and you will witness some amazing work.
Students inn the competition are asked to perform a two-to-three-minute monologue of their choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson's "Century Cycle," his fictional chronicling of African-American life throughout the 20th century. The Chicago Finals will determine the top three monologues from among these finalists. Those selected will be awarded scholarships in the amount of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. Each of the three winning students also will receive expenses paid to travel to New York City for the national finals.
Sponsored by The League of Chicago Theatres, Goodman Theatre, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and organized in Chicago by director Derrick Sanders, the Monologue contest is a national competition open to all high school students and was designed to expose students to the richness of August Wilson's "Century Cycle.
The 22 students advancing to the Chicago Finals are: Taylir Brown-Williamson, Barton Fitzpatrick, Khamya Johnson, Antionette Lancaster, and Jessica Smith of Kenwood Academy; Monique Lewis of Hyde Park High School; Morgan Brown, Josha Silk, and Aronna Wynne of Southland College Prep; Branndin Laramore, Lia Miller, and Ernesto Moreta of Gallery 37; Danyelle Monson of King College Prep, Aniqua Chatman and Anthony McCoy of Wirt-Emerson Academy; Julio Munoz of Schurz High School; John Carter, Martin Downs and Monet Felton of Chicago High School for the Arts; Sophia Menendian of Lincoln Park High School; Chandler Browne of American Theater Company Youth Ensemble; and Jonathan Schaffer of Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
The judges for the Finals include celebrated actress and playwright Regina Taylor; Eamonn Walker, currently starring as "Battalion Chief Wallace Boden" in NBC's hit drama "Chicago Fire"; Narda E. Alcorn, frequent stage manager for August Wilson productions on Broadway; and Christine Mary Dunford, Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre and Music at University of Illinois at Chicago and a Lookingglass Ensemble Member.