TribLIVE

| AandE


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

West Mifflin student takes top prize at August Wilson monologue contest

Dino DiStefano
The fifth annual Pittsburgh August Wilson Monologue competition winners are Thembisile Gxuluwe, first place; Tamiya Martin, second; and Shamari Nevels, third.

About Alice T. Carter

By Alice T. Carter

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Thembisile Gxuluwe took first place in the fifth annual Pittsburgh August Wilson Monologue Competition. Gxuluwe, a student at West Mifflin High School, portrayed Tanya in a monologue from Wilson's “King Hedley II.”

Tamiya Martin, from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, performed a different monologue from “King Hedley II” and took second place. Shamari Nevels, who lives in Highland Park and is home-schooled, won third place with Caesar Wilkes' monologue from “Gem of the Ocean.”

As first-place winner, Gxuluwe received a $500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship from Point Park University. Martin won $250 and a $7,000 Point Park University scholarship, and Nevels won $100 and a $5,000 Point Park University scholarship.

Twenty-five students participated in the local competition, sponsored by the Bill Nunn Outreach Project founded by actor Bill Nunn. It is part of a national August Wilson Monologue Competition that was created to connect students to the playwright's 10-play Century Cycle and to encourage schools to incorporate the plays into the high-school curriculum.

All three winners of the Pittsburgh contest will travel to New York City to participate in the national competition May 5 and 6 at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway.

Alice T. Carter is the theater critic for Trib Total Media.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Garden Q&A: Firecracker vine OK for trellis?
  2. Three ejected after Pirates, Brewers brawl
  3. Starkey: Penguins’ arrogance astounding
  4. Egg decorating turns to fight, charges in Brookline, police say
  5. Cool chemistry: Programs at Springdale library take inspiration from late science professor
  6. Plum man revels in Keystone hall of fame induction
  7. Choral concerts planned in Dawson church
  8. Six NA students finalists in Musical Kids competition
  9. Bridge work planned for Route 68 in Brady’s Bend
  10. Hillside repairs to cost $35K more than expected
  11. Study to target pool use at Belmont Complex
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.