Next Generation Storytellers: The August Wilson Monologue Competition


How do you preserve a legacy? How do you make it thrive? For over a decade, August Wilson’s landmark ten-play Century Cycle has been the basis for not only award-winning productions and adaptations but an inspirational competition for young people across the nation. Acclaimed playwright, actress, and Aspen Institute Trustee Anna Deavere Smith discusses the profound impact of the playwright, the plays, and the program with a co-conceiver of the competition and recent competitors, including a Tony Award-nominated actress and 2019 high school graduate who performs a seminal Wilson monologue.

  • 2019 Festival
  • Arts

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