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Giving Voice


For more than a decade, since a year after the untimely death of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson, an annual monologue competition for high school students culminates with 20 finalists on a Broadway stage. Giving Voice is documentary that follows the students as they choose a passage from Wilson’s 10-play cycle that covers every decade of the 20th century.

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From the Watercooler:

It’s a true-life story full of hope, joy, happy endings … and a gut-wrenching John Legend song over closing credits. As cameras follow a few students rehearsing and preparing, each viewer will cheer for their personal favorites. Many have the potential to be voices we’ll hear more from tomorrow. But the ultimate prizewinners are a big surprise. Read More

From Beandrea July at The Hollywood Reporter:

In today’s saturated media environment, it’s heartening to be reminded that exposure to theater can be a lifeline for the kids who need it most. Giving Voice is the best kind of “feel-good” doc: one that organically moves you in a way you didn’t see coming. Full Review

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