After 4 wonderful years, the Portland Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition is now run by World Stage Theatre.

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The National August Wilson Monologue Competition was founded in 2007 by Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. The national program is produced in collaboration between Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters. The program is now in fourteen cities nationwide, including AtlantaBostonBuffaloChicagoLos AngelesNew HavenNew York, Norfolk, PittsburghSan DiegoSeattleDallas, and Greensboro.

Through Wilson’s plays, high school-age actors learn about the American experience from the African-American viewpoint, an important thread often missing from history lessons or poorly portrayed in lesser works created for the stage and screen. Guided by professional actor and director mentors, and working with local teachers and community leaders, students will perform monologues from Wilson’s plays at publicly viewed Portland Regional Finals. Two finalists will perform at the national finals held at the August Wilson Theater in New York City.