Welcome to the 2019 August Wilson Monologue Competition!



Long Wharf Theatre (LWT), in collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre, is hosting the New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC). High school participants throughout CT, but primarily in the Greater New Haven Area, will compete to win an all-expense paid trip to the National Competition in NYC where they will perform on a Broadway stage, see a Broadway play, and have the chance to win college scholarships.

“The goal of the competition is to build partnerships with schools and theaters across the United States, and to create educational materials about August Wilson that allow students to connect these important theatre works with educational curricula like history, social studies and literature. This monologue competition offers students of all races the opportunity to inhabit the lives and speak the words of these vital, lively characters.”

– Todd Kreidler, Associate Artistic Director, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.


In the 2018 – 2019 School Year:

  • Participation is FREE to all
  • Open to any CT student, as an individual or through school
  • We will (at least) double school participation
  • Provide partnering schools with tickets to Paradise Blue through our Ticket and Travel Fund, an information packet on Wilson’s life and plays and the PBS documentary, “The Ground on Which I Stand”
  • Add two staged readings of the two American Century Cycle Plays
  • Offer free August Wilson Master Classes for high schools students

Two Ways to Get Involved:

  • As a school engage in a 6-week residency program with a Long Wharf Teaching Artist (up to 8 schools).
  • As an individual participate in AT LEAST one, and ideally all, of the six free August Wilson Master Classes provided.

Students who have participated in the past may sign up for the Closed-Door Audition without participating in the in-school program or Master Classes, although some brush-up coaching sessions are highly recommended through the Master Classes.


Please find below dates, times, and spaces for events this year. Please note dates and times are subject to change.


Free and open to the public.

December 19 at 5PM-8PM, Stetson Library Branch

The tenth and final play in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, Radio Golf follows a black man named Harmond Wilks on his quest to revive his childhood neighborhood and become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh. Wilks, his wife Mame, and his best friend Roosevelt, have planned a redevelopment project that will bring a new high-rise apartment building and chain-stores to the old and devastated Hill District. Initially, Wilks envisions this as a great plan to restore his childhood home, but as the play progresses and he meets characters from the past (Sterling Johnson and Elder Joseph Barlow), his eyes are opened to the possibility that what he thought would be a gift to the future might actually be hurting the district’s history. Harmond begins to fundamentally question his intentions, while Mame and Roosevelt try to keep him on the path he started, with little consideration for the ghosts of the past.


Master Classes (all from 4-6PM)
January 8 – Ives Library Branch: 133 Elm St, New Haven, CT 06510
January 15 – Fair Haven Library Branch: 182 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513
January 22 – Mitchell Library Branch: 37 Harrison St, New Haven, CT 06515
February 29- Stetson Library Branch: 200 Dixwell Ave, New Haven, CT 06511
February 5- Wilson Library Branch: 303 Washington Ave, New Haven, CT 06519
February 12- Long Wharf Theatre: 222 Sargent Dr, New Haven, CT 06511



Closed Door Auditions
February 14 2-7PM, Co-op High School


Regional Competition
February 28th 4-9PM (show time at 7PM), Long Wharf Theatre Stage II


National Competition
May 4-6 (Semi Finals on May 5, Competition on May 6 at 7PM), August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street, NY, NY


For information about your schools participation or students registering for master classes, please contact Julius L. Stone Jr., Education Programs Manager, at 203-777-7027 or julius.stone@longwharf.org.



Roz & Jerry Meyer
Yale Repertory Theatre