Bridging the gap between Penn students and the West Philly community

Penn Today

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


The “Community Monologues,” written by students in the University’s August Wilson and Beyond seminar, an Academically Based Community Service course supported by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, were inspired by the words of West Philadelphia residents and the works of Wilson, a playwright considered by many to be the greatest documentarian of African-American life in the 20th century. What began eight years ago as a class to introduce Wilson to Penn freshman has grown to also include older Philadelphians and students from William L. Sayre High School that wraps each semester with a “must-see” performance of dramatic monologues by both class members and professional actors.