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Culture notes: Museums offer free admission May 18; August Wilson Monologue Competition results

Free museum admission

Several close-by museums will offer free admission on May 18 as part of Art Museum Day and International Museum Day, initiatives of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the International Council of Museums intended to emphasize the value museums bring to their communities. Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta and Spelman Museum of Fine Art, all in Atlanta, and the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens will be opening their doors for free. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw will offer $2 off adult admission and provide free advice on conserving heirlooms hourly, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Information: HOWARD POUSNER

Atlantans shut out at August Wilson competition

Atlanta finalists came away without awards but with a wealth of experience at the 3rd Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition held in New York City on May 9.

The first place winner ($1,000 prize) was Johari Mackey of South Holland, Ill.; Aubrey Taylor from Seattle was second ($500); and DeVaughn Robinson of Pittsburgh finished third ($250).

Eighteen students from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle participated in the competition on the stage of the August Wilson Theatre, judged by Sharif Atkins, Katori Hall, Maurice Hines, Tamara Tunie and Pauletta Washington.

The students worked closely with Atlanta director Kenny Leon, who has directed three Wilson plays on Broadway, and Wilson’s dramaturge Todd Kreidler, who is directing Leon and Jasmine Guy in Sam Shepherd’s “Fool for Love,” a Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company production opening Friday at Balzer Theatre at Herren’s. The students also attended a Broadway show and visited Manhattan attractions before making their Broadway debuts.

The Atlanta finalists were Siddiq Bailey (Tri-Cities High School), Josh “J.T.” Tarpav (Westminster) and Taylor Saxton (Hillgrove).

Leon had the idea for the Wilson competition as a way to perpetuate the legacy of the seminal American playwright and expose a new generation to his work. All participants received a bound collection of Wilson’s plays.

The national finals were co-presented by Jujamcyn Theaters and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. Information: HOWARD POUSNER

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