CMS Student Mokeira Gekonge writes winning monologue 

Colonial Middle School (CMS) Student Mokeira Gekonge’s monologue, “Mutiny,” has been selected as one of the winners in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Mouthful Digital Monologue Festival 2020.

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Colonial Middle School Eighth Grader Mokeira Gekonge

The eighth grader wrote about the Coronavirus, drawing on her feelings surrounding its effect on her family.

“My grandparents were very sick with it, and I was really upset,” said Mokeira. “I thought that if I could personify something that was causing me pain, it would help. To stay somewhat positive, I wanted to see things from a different view.”

The prize includes time with a director and “dramaturg” to help with revisions and get the monologue ready, as well as a performance by a professional actor as part of the Mouthful Digital Monologue Festival.

“My favorite part of the win is hearing the actor actually read it aloud; it's amazing to see my writing brought to life,” said the young writer.

“Mutiny” is one of eight monologues chosen from hundreds of submissions and will be performed live on Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Instagram account (@PYPlaywrights). The piece is the second monologue on Bill 2, a program that begins at 2 p.m. on June 13.

“Winning the contest actually inspires me to do more writing and gives me a lot more confidence,” she added. 

Mokeira has been working on a collection of mini-narratives in verse and plans to continue writing short stories. She learned about the contest from her English Teacher, Mr. Rothstein, who encouraged her to try entering the contest after reading some of her other writing.