An Independent School • Grades 5-12
Senior J'Dyn P. is national finalist in August Wilson Monologue Competition
Senior J'Dyn P. is national finalist in August Wilson Monologue Competition

Photos: Angela Nickerson

J’Dyn P. ’19 has been selected as a national finalist in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. The competition is designed to inspire and educate youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” a 10-play cycle that details the complexity of the African American experience in the 20th century. J’Dyn performed a monologue from “Seven Guitars,” August Wilson’s play set in the 1940s in which a blues musician’s unexpected hit song alters the lives of his sidemen, friends, and lover.

Aidan C. ’20 joined J’Dyn as one of the 12 Seattle-area finalists in the competition who performed to a packed audience at Seattle Repertory Theater. The two were selected from more than 70 participants from around the greater metropolitan area. Lakeside students receive an introduction to the monologue competition each fall through their drama classes.

Competition judges were comprised of area theater artists including August Wilson's longtime personal assistant and Braden Abraham, artistic director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. J’Dyn was honored with a second-place finish and will move on to the national finals in May. As part of the finals, she will work with theater professionals in New York and perform on Broadway.