August Wilson Monologue Competition Streams One Time Only – March 23

The 2021 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals will be streamed one time only on Tuesday, March 23 at 5 pm Pacific. The event is free to the public and available at

Center Theatre Group selected 11 local high school students whose performances will be evaluated by a panel of judges including Sophina Brown, Wren T. Brown, Colman Domingo and Michele Shay. The competition was held virtually with participants performing on the stage of the Kirk Douglas Theatre and the judges viewing remotely but in real time.

This is the tenth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Los Angeles component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” a 10-play cycle that details the complexity of the African American experience in the 20th century. All previous competitions have culminated in an evening of monologues performed on the stage of the Mark Taper Forum.

The students selected to participate in the regional finals are Simone Baker (Sherman Oaks), Hazel Eko (Los Angeles), Willa Jackson (Los Angeles), Chazaiah Johnson (Los Angeles), Hailey Soomin Lee (Redondo Beach), Giselle Lopez (Los Angeles), Veronica McFarlane (Whittier), Stephen Moran (Los Angeles), Reva Pau (South Pasadena), Dillion Jerome Sowell (Moreno Valley) and Landon Wouters (Fullerton).

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Photo of August Wilson courtesy SCR

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