Winners of the fourth annual Seattle August Wilson Monologue Competition have been chosen, Seattle Repertory Theatre has announced; all three students received cash and a trip to New York, where they’ll compete in the national finals. Entrants were asked to perform a monologue from one of the plays in Wilson’s Century Cycle.
- First place and $500 cash prize winner – Alexis Baldridge, Timberline High School, “Ma Rainey” from “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
- Second place and $250 cash prize winner – Josiah Townsend, Mercer Island High School, “Memphis” from “Two Trains Running”
- Third place and $100 cash prize winner – Jazzy Ducay, The Center School, “Becker” from “Jitney”
Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who died in 2005 in Seattle, moved to the city in 1990. He began a fruitful relationship with Seattle Repertory Theatre, which was the only theater in the country to produce all of the works in his 10-play cycle (also known as the “Pittsburgh Cycle”).