On Thursday, March 3, 2016, seventeen LEAP students from nine New York City high schools participated in LEAP's 8th Annual NYC August Wilson Monologue Competition. Students brought August Wilson’s characters to life by performing one to three minute monologues from Wilson’s Century Cycle, ten plays chronicling the African-American experience in the twentieth century. A panel of celebrity judges ranked the performers based on a variety
of criteria—from energy and physical presentation to emotional connectedness.
LEAP’s August Wilson Program introduces new generations of high school students to the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. In this program, students explore Wilson’s life, influences, and work, and examine relevant important social issues and historical events.
Yancy Perez, of Repertory Company High School for Theare Arts (12th grade) was awarded 1st place for his portrayal of Becker, from Jitney. Benne McCants, of Hillcrest High School (12th grade) was awarded 2nd Place for her performance as Vera from Seven Guitars. Sarah Rodriguez, of Edward R. Murrow High School (11th grade) presented a monologue as Rena from Jitney, and was awarded an Alternate position.
Pictured above left to right: Yancy Perez, Benne McCants, Sarah Rodriguez
LeAp’s NYC August Wilson Competition is part of nationwide initiative, and LEAP’s 1st and 2nd Place winners of will advance to the National August Wilson Monologue Competition to compete against students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Seattle on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.