If you missed Portland’s first August Wilson Monologue Competition, you missed one of the greatest performances I’ve seen in Portland in a long time. A packed out Gerding Theater played host to this much anticipated event. The who’s who of Portland Black theater was out in full force, a liitle bit of everybody were there.
Beautiful Black spotted Shalanda Sims, members of PassinArt, G-Val of the Oregon Shakepeare festival, Victor Mack showed up looking like the thespian he is and he looked GOOD, okay? Vin Shambry, Grimm actor Russell Hornsby and so many others were in attendance. Note: To learn more about this national competition and Kenny Leon the man who started it all view The Start of Dreams
Lauren, Sekai and Taylor(not pictured) are heading to NY to compete against students from around the country in the annual August Wilson Monologue Competition. The competition takes place May 5th, 2014 at 7pm at the August Wilson Theater in New York. They are featured on OPB’s online program Arts and Life May 1st, 2014. and OPB Art Beat (TV) on May 22nd, 2014.
Be sure to tune in.
The August Wilson Monologue Competition is part of a national competition that happens each year. This is Portland’s first time ever sending a team, we have the good people at the Red Door Project to thank. When I say these high school students delivered, I mean they delivered. They stepped on that stage and served August Wilson realness! It was so refreshing, it just felt so good until it was time for the judges to deliberate. I don’t think one person in the audience envied being a judge that night. The judges being seasoned in their craft delivered the names of the night’s winners. First place went to Lauren Steele, Second place to Taylor Salter (not pictured) and Sekai Edwards took third. I can’t help but wonder why no boys were selected… If you missed this year’s competition, be sure to visit RedDoorProject.org for next year’s competition. There will be a competition next year, right?