133 Southern California students who initially auditioned for the
August Wilson Monologue Competition, 12 have been selected to
participate in the regional finals to be held at the Mark Taper Forum in
Los Angeles on Feb. 27. The National August Wilson Monologue
Competition is a free arts education program that celebrates the work of
playwright August Wilson and is intended to inspire high school
students to find and express themselves through theater.
Among the finalists is Orange County School of the Arts student and Long Beach resident Hannah Franklin.
As a finalist, she will receive training and rehearsal sessions with
theater professionals provided by Center Theatre Group to help her
prepare for the finals in February when she will perform her monologue
in front of a panel of judges.
the regional finals, the top two students are invited to move onto the
national finals which will take place on May 1 at the August Wilson
Theatre on Broadway. Winners of the national competition will receive an
all-expense paid trip to New York City, will have an opportunity to
attend a Broadway show, and will be awarded college scholarship monies.