Center Theatre Group has named Dejean Deterville, Mylah Eaton and Daniel Velez as the top performers in the August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals held on March 11 at the Mark Taper Forum. Deterville and Eaton, the first and second-place finalists, will represent Los Angeles in the national finals on May 6.
Deterville, of South Carolina Virtual Charter School, placed first in the regional competition, earning a $500 scholarship. Eaton, of CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts, was the second-place winner and received a $400 scholarship; and Velez, of Ramón C. Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts, earned third-place honors and received a $300 scholarship.
Deterville and Eaton will also receive a paid trip to New York City to perform at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. They will compete in a semi-final round with 22 other students from cities around the country. Fifteen of those students will be selected for the national finals while the other nine will be part of a performance montage. Velez will serve as the Los Angeles alternate.
The competition marked the eighth consecutive year Center Theatre Group hosted the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program inspires and educates using monologues from Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” a 10-play cycle that details the complexity of the African American experience in the 20th century.
Deterville, Eaton and Velez were selected from a pool of 12 regional finalists representing seven local high schools within Los Angeles County. As preparation for the national component of the competition, the three selected students will attend master classes to work on their monologues.
Center Theatre Group also offers an in-school residency as part of the August Wilson program. The August Wilson In-School Residency is a semester-long program that provides students with an in-depth study of Wilson’s work.
For information, visit centertheatregroup.org/augustwilson.
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