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In case you missed it, Pittsburgh teens have talent and it serves them well.

Ask Sundiata El Rice of the Creative and Performing Arts school. Last year as a freshman, the Homewood resident won the first prize in the August Wilson Monologue Competition for his performances of Levee’s monologue from “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and went on the nationals in New York City.

This year he took the top prize in the 22nd annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, presented by the Pittsburgh Public Theater. From nearly 1300 entrants in grades 4 through 12 competed with only 42 moving on the Showcase of Finalists. El Rice made to through to win the upper division (grades 8-12) with his portrayal of King Henry from Shakespeare’s King Henry and receive The Complete Works of Shakespeare and a subscription for PPT’s upcoming season.

Last Monday’s 8th Annual August Wilson Monologue, held appropriately at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture a homecoming of sorts; last year the event was held at Point Park University.

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