The Portland Regional Finals for the August Wilson Monologue Competition took place Feb. 27 at Newmark Theatre in downtown Portland. This year’s finalists were Alexis Cannard, Roosevelt High School, Senior (first place), Jazanna Riddlesprigger, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Sophomore (second place) and Noreena McCleave, Wilson High School, Junior.
The first and second place winners will be competing in the National AWMC Finals at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City on May 1. They will perform alongside students from nine other cities who take part in the competition. The annual competition features a diverse group of high school students performing August Wilson, the foremost chronicler of the African-American experience in dramatic literature.