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Young Women's Voices Monologue Competition Presentations
Young Women's Voices Monologue Competition Presentations

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

February 28 at 6:00 PM

Nine of the theaters that produced plays by women writers for the 2018 Festival worked with area colleges, universities, and high schools offering playwriting classes and workshops.  Students were asked to respond to the prompt “write about a time that gender mattered” by creating monologues. Each mentoring theater chose one monologue to be included in this FREE performance at the Kennedy Center on the Millenium Stage. The performance will be directed by Joy Zinoman, founding Artistic Director of DC’s Studio Theatre. The works of the following playwrights will be presented:

Aja Adams of University of the District of Columbia (Ford’s Theatre, DC)
Mary Haydee Alasof Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Studio Theatre, DC)
Agyeiwaa Asante of University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (Round House Theatre, Bethesda, MD)
Vivienne Blouin from Arlington Public Schools (Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA)
CJ Cameron from Howard Community College (Rep Stage, Columbia, MD)
Michaela Farrell of Georgetown University (chosen by Arena Stage, DC)
Tala Jordan of Eastern Senior High School (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC)
Nnenna Onuora from Bowie State (Convergence Theatre, DC)
Carmin Wong from Howard University (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, DC)

Playwright Bios

Aja Adams is an English major at the University of the District of Columbia. She hopes to graduate and pursue a career in creating scripts/screenplays, as well as writing novels. Aja’s monologue is called She will be presenting the work “The First Step (to Freedom),” her partner theater is Ford’s, and actress Jasmine Jones will perform Aja’s monologue.

Michaela Farrell is a senior at Georgetown University studying Theater and Performance and Film. Recent performance credits include The Vibrator Play, The Infinite Wrench (Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts), The Tempest (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), and she is currently in The Lathe of Heaven at Spooky Action Theater. Michaela is honored to be able to participate in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival and would like to thank Arena Stage for allowing her voice to have a space. Michaela’s monologue is titled “Hands Free,” her partner theater is Arena Stage, and she will be performing the monologue herself.

Mary Haydee Alas is a first-year student in the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Theatre Department. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mary saw many stories that weren’t being told, and later on it influenced her to be the one to tell those stories. At the age of eleven she began performing and found her passion for theatre, which bought her find a love of writing. Mary loves to see the world as story waiting to be told. She hopes to graduate Duke Ellington School of the arts in 2021, and continue to study theatre and writing in college. Mary’s monologue, “Monstre, ” was developed with partner theater Studio, and actress Anika Harden will perform it on the Millenium Stage.

Agyeiwaa Asante is completing her final semester at the University of Maryland. Her past writing credits include What Happens to the Nice Guy? (Weekday Players, UMD), Help Wanted (Monologue Fest, UMD), Be There (Weekday Players, UMD), and Swirl (Second Season, UMD; Page-to-Stage Festival, John F. Kennedy Center). She is currently working on her first full-length play. She is honored to be a part of this festival to give voice to women, their power, and all their intersectional identities. Agyeiwaa’s monolgue, called “Job Description,” will be performed by actress Devin Thomas and her mentoring theater is Round House.

Vivienne Blouin is a sophomore at HB Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, VA. There she has participated in 11 productions and looks forward to many more. She would like to thank her parents, teachers, and The Playwright’s Forum for all of their support. Vivienne’s monologue is titled “a moment with my mother,” her partner theater is Signature, and Zoe Walpole will perform Vivienne’s monologue.

CJ Cameron is a full-time student at Howard Community College. She began to write scripts and plays when she was in high school. CJ joined the theater program to help expand her creativity and fell in love. CJ's performance credits include In the Cotton (Leanne), Hyronmous A. Frog (Arthur), Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout/Wall), and Biggity Bad and the Three Little Pigs (Freckles). She would like to thank her family, teachers, and friends for believing in her.  CJ’s monologue,“New Baby,” will be performed by Chania Hudson. and her mentoring company was Rep Stage. .

Tala Jordan “Don’t let the eraser also do your writing.” Words spoken by a true poet, one such as themselves. Born on this Earth 17 years ago and derived of the most creative minds, Tala Jordan is a gender-fluid playwright based in the city of Washington, D.C. They attend Eastern Senior High School and is a hard worker as they close out their 12th grade year. Their works, regardless of popularity, are based on the views of others and how the world responds to them. Although they are not well known, the overall aspect and meaning behind their plays is written to explain parts of their life that everyone would be able to relate to. Tala’s partnering theater is Shakespeare, their monologue is called   “What Kind of Woman I Am,” and Dane Figueroa Edidi will perform it at the Kennedy Center event.

Nnenna Onuora is a musical artist, aspiring actor, playwright, and model. She was born in Washington D.C., while both of her parents are originally from Nigeria. She uses entertainment as an outlet to let her voice be heard. She is a college sophomore, currently studying at Bowie State University. As she continues to step out of her box and dive into different lanes, she will perform her own monologue "POWER,”  and her partner theater is Convergence.

Carmin Wong is an emerging playwright and poet in her final year at Howard University, where she studies English Literature and Playwriting. Having been given an early start to the world of publishing, her poetry is featured in various anthologies including Girls Write Now's New Worlds and Breaking Through, and Poet-Linc's 2015 anthology. She has competed in Spoken Word matches and performed at places like The Apollo, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lincoln Center, amongst other notable places, and for companies like the Shakespeare Theater Company Poets are Present Residency. Ms. Wong is a frequent contributor to the Tuckson Health Connection's Healing Stories Creative Writing Contest and is looking to pursue an MFA in Poetry and/or Playwriting. She loves every aspect of theatre and is open to learning about each element of stage production. Having gained minor directing skills in acting classes at Howard and competitions held by the Howard Players, Ms. Wong loves and values all the hard work that goes into creating any production. In a sentence, Ms. Wong admits that she creates stories that reflect the current disposition of women in patriarchal society, those who struggle characterizing themselves by identity, sexuality and ethnicity, and those who are constantly trying to use their personal narratives to combat inequities of the world which surrounds them. Carmen’s monologue is titled “3 Generations,” her partner theater is Woolly Mammoth, and Brittany Turner will perform her monologue.