Three win annual August Wilson Monologue Competition
Holy Family Academy Student Places First
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 13, 2018
Nine famous fictional residents of the Hill District plus two more met on the Point Park University stage Monday night, dramatizing the words created for them by that great playwright, August Wilson.
The occasion was the 10th anniversary Pittsburgh installment of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Nationally, the competition was started in 2007 in Atlanta, co-founded by Kenny Leon and Pittsburgh native Todd Kreidler, then quickly spread to Pittsburgh and 10 other cities. This year the winners from each region will compete for the national title on May 7 at the aptly named August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.
Students from nine Pittsburgh area high schools participated. Last year, 35 were invited to the finals, but this year, following guidelines set by the national program, the finalists were pared down to 14 by preliminary tryouts. The winnowing down resulted in a high level of achievement on display for the lucky audience.
First place went to Mya Lane, 17, from Homewood, a senior at Holy Family Academy in Emsworth. She wowed the judges with the speech by Becker, in “Jitney,” accusing his son of having indirectly killed his mother. (It’s not unusual for females to perform monologues by males, because there are many more male roles to choose from.)