The fifth annual Ira Aldridge Acting Finals and Awards will be held at the Beverly Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Created by the Inner City Cultural Center and actor-director Ted Lange, the competition, co-hosted by Robert Townsend and Robin Givens, will showcase minority actors and actresses to the Hollywood film and television industry.
Lange, who annually donates $2,000 in cash prizes to the winners and covers theater and publicity costs, knows what such support can mean to fledgling actors.
"When I was struggling here in L.A.," Lange said, "I was having a tough time learning the system, how to get a job. There were times that if I could have had $200 to tide me over or $500 for the rent, I could have concentrated more on finding an acting gig. If (the prize money) can help an actor buy pictures or groceries, that's important.