Center Theatre Group has selected 12 high school students to participate in the regional finals for the 2019 August Wilson Monologue Competition, which will be held on Monday, March 11, at the Mark Taper Forum.
It is the eighth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program inspires and educates 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.
Students selected to participate in the regional finals are Kyle Branch, Jofre Paul Francisco, Vanessa Valencia, Daniel Velez, Jada Henry and Ryan Wade, all residents of Los Angeles; Bene’t Benton, of Carson; Samuel Caruana, of Canyon Country; Tiffany DeBerry, of Santa Clarita; Dejean Deterville, of Palmdale; Mylah Eaton, of Studio City; and Laila C. Stewart, of West Covina. Eaton and Velez also participated in the 2018 competition.
The students received training and rehearsal sessions provided by Center Theatre Group in January and February. The sessions help students refine their performances while gaining valuable acting techniques.
On March 11, the 12 regional finalists will perform their monologues at the Mark Taper Forum in front of an invited audience, including a panel of judges. The two top-performing students will earn an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the chance to perform in the AWMC national finals. The third-place winner will serve as alternate. The national finals will take place on May 6 at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.
For information, visit centertheatregroup.org/augustwilson.
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