When? February 27, 2017 at 7:00pm
Where? Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway, Portland 97205
Cost? FREE!

Our 2017 AWMC semi-finalists with members of the Red Door team.  (photo: Sierra Rickards)

Join us for an evening that is “Unapologetically Ethnic” –

What should you expect at this year’s August Wilson Monologue Competition Portland Regional Finals? We’ll start with our twelve talented and determined Portland area high school students performing the work of master playwright, August Wilson. Then, we’ll move to the contemporary resonance of two of the powerful monologues of Hands Up!, kicking off our 2017 tour of this phenomenal, transformative collection of post-Ferguson monologues. Finally, we will weave our way through the music that has helped forge a culture – from its African beginnings to blues to jazz to hip hop.

“This is an important program for Portland especially,” said Kevin Jones, CEO and Artistic Director of the Red Door. “We have more millennials moving here than any other city in the country, and they’re bringing a different paradigm. They don’t think of race the same way older generations do. The fact that the AWMC celebrates a playwright of color and performers of all colors makes it not only about theatre—it’s directly connected to equity and our city’s future.”

This year’s Regional Finals will feature musical entertainment by jazz composer, pianist and PSU professor Darrell Grant, American Roots musician Tony Furtado, and will introduce vocalist Danielle Barker, along with DJ David van Overeem’s accompaniment throughout the evening.

What a legacy to honor along with the work of August Wilson, twelve gifted high school students, and the contemporary playwrights and actors of Hands Up! The evening will be thought provoking and a feast for the senses – a true celebration!


Thank you to our sponsors, supporters, and partners for this year’s August Wilson Monologue Competition. We couldn’t do this without you.