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Crystal Dickinson and Brandon J. Dirden to Judge August Wilson Monologue Competition

The event features high school students performing monologues by the legendary American playwright.

Students who participated in The National August Wilson Monologue Competition.
(via augustwilsonmonologue.com)

Jujamcyn Theaters and True Colors Theatre Company have announced the judges for the 7th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, which will be held May 4 at 7pm at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre. The event, which is free and open to the public, features high school students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Seattle performing monologues by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

Judges for the 2015 Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition will include Crystal Dickinson (actress), Brandon J. Dirden (actor), David Gallo (scenic designer), Stephen McKinley Henderson (actor), and Pauletta Washington (actress). The evening will also include a special performance by musician Guy Davis.

This year's competition will afford students the opportunity to attend the new Broadway musical Something Rotten! as well as work closely with two of Wilson's closest collaborators: director Kenny Leon and dramaturg Todd Kreidler. The two finalists from each regional city will compete, and the top contestants will be chosen to perform on the August Wilson Stage on Monday, May 4.

The top three contestants from the national competition receive monetary awards. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, the runner-up a $1,000 cash prize, and the honorable mention a $500 cash prize. Each of the winners will also become eligible for college scholarship opportunities, and all finalists receive the gift of TCG's Century Cycle collection.

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