Redwood Writers winning playwrights with directors and actors invite YOU to 10-minute plays June 29, 30, July 1, 2012 -- photo by Jonathan Hayden

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: ”I love being in the performing arts theater world!”

In a novel or a narrative nonfiction story, the author carries the sole responsibility to “show” what is happening on the pages.

In a script, while the playwright can include pertinent information unique to the play, the responsibility to “show” what is happening on stage falls on the director, the actors, and stage manager.

Answer Me Now (10-minute monologue)
Playwright: Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Director: Lennie Dean
Cast:  Stacey Marie Kerr (Woman)
What is Answer Me Now about?  Middle-aged woman asks her dead mother a question.

Here’s my author’s note and beginning lines in Answer Me Now:

[ Middle-aged woman sitting in front of her dressing table; she’s staring into space; shoulders slumped.  Her hair is uncombed; circles under her eyes. On the dressing table: hairbrush;  hair clips; lipstick;  jewelry box; a purse.  Her breathing is shallow.  She looks around the room.  She looks up toward ceiling.]

Woman:  MahMa, I’m going to ask you a question.  You must answer me now.    That year, when I thought I was going mad.  Were you haunting me?

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Director Lennie Dean’s stage directions:

Middle-aged woman (in high-back armchair)  almost in fetal position. She lifts herself up, takes a sip from a mug, returns mug to end table.  Woman pulls herself up, walks over to dressing table, looks at her reflection. Then, she takes a few steps toward corner of room, looks up toward ceiling.

Woman:  Mamey, I’m going to ask you a question.  You must answer me.    That year, when I thought I was going mad.  Were you haunting me?

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Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Linda Loveland Reid, Kim McMillon, Lennie Dean, Elaine Maikovska at party for playwrights on opening night of 2012 Redwood Writers 10-Minute Plays at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA

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community spirit Lisa Marie Keith, author Robbi Bryant, playwright Elaine Maikovska (The Play Is the Thang) in the audience on opening night

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Lisa Marie Keith, thank you so much for telling me how you connected with my 10-minute monologue Answer Me Now – your mother; San Francisco; mental illness; Greece.

actress Stacey Marie Kerr on the set for Answer Me Now (written by Teresa LeYung-Ryan; directed by Lennie Dean)

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actress Stacey Marie Kerr on the set for Answer Me Now (written by Teresa LeYung-Ryan; directed by Lennie Dean)

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epiphany scene - actress Stacey Marie Kerr on the set for Answer Me Now (written by Teresa LeYung-Ryan; directed by Lennie Dean)

 

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Editor & Writing Teacher Ana Manwaring & Mary True & playwright Elizabeth VanPatten attend opening night June 29, 2012

playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan (Answer Me Now) and Linda McCabe attend opening night of Redwood Writers Ten-Minute Plays

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actress Stacey Marie Kerr and playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan of Answer Me Now at Opening Night of Redwood Writers 10-Minute Play Festival at 6th Street Playhouse

 

Dear Stacey,

How are you doing?

Thank you for taking on the role.  I had no idea that my monologue was so “heavy” until I witnessed your work on stage. Thank you for “carrying” her.

What makes me smile is looking through the photos and seeing your joyful face.
With big gentle hugs,
Teresa

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playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan with director Lennie Dean and actress Stacey Marie Kerr for Answer Me Now at Opening Night of 10-Minute Play Festival

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After leaving the theater Friday night, Kim McMillon and I went back to Hotel La Rose (lovely rooms) to post photos on facebook. Who can sleep after opening night!  http://www.facebook.com/Teresa.LeYung.Ryan

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Charles M. Schulz's Snoopy & Charlie Brown in Santa Rosa get hugs from Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Saturday June 30, 2012 Before Kim McMillon got on AmTrak to go back to her own work (being host at Arts In The Valley), Margie Yee Webb, author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, arrived.

authors Judith Marshall, Margie Yee Webb, Lynn Scott, Carol Sheldon, Teresa LeYung-Ryan enjoy lunch at Jack and Tony's in Santa Rosa

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Luisa Adams (author Woven of Water) and her husband David arrive for Saturday matinee!

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Teresa LeYung-Ryan (shortest in height) cheered by pals / authors Lynn Scott, Judith Marshall, , Margie Yee Webb, Carol Sheldon, Luisa Adams at 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA

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Festival Director Lennie Dean receives audience applause for 10-minute plays

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authors Carol Sheldon, Teresa LeYung-Ryan and Margie Yee Webb enjoy dinner (and dessert) at Lo Coco's Cucina Rustica before catching Saturday evening performance of 10-minute plays

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author Margie Yee Webb, author/playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan, poet/columnist Yolande Barial at Saturday evening performance of Ten-Minute Plays--photo by Frank

 

Tracy Press Columnist Yolande Barial and Frank attend Saturday evening performance

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Authors Margie Yee Webb & Yolande Barial, Festival Director Lennie Dean, Playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan (Answer Me Now) cheer for all 9 playwrights, 6 directors and 15 actors

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author Margie Yee Webb, author/writing coach/playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan, super gardener Liz Bittner and pal Jackie at June 30, 2012 evening performance of 10-minute plays

 

 

actress Stacey Marie Kerr (as Woman in Teresa LeYung-Ryan's Answer Me Now) receives flowers from fans

Teresa LeYung-Ryan says:

“Thank you Director Lennie Dean and Actress Stacey Marie Kerr for turning my script Answer Me Now into a memorable live-theater experience!  Cheers to Festival Director Lennie Dean, Artistic & Education Director Craig A. Miller, Stage Manger Beulah Vega, Playwriting Contest Chair Linda Loveland Reid, all 9 playwrights, 6 directors, 15 actors taking on 24 characters, Redwood Writers, everyone at 6th Street Playhouse, audience members, dear friends/loved ones near and far, and everyone who promoted the festival!”

 

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author Margie Yee Webb enjoys warm evening at Railroad Square, Santa Rosa after attending 10-minute plays

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Sunday July 1, 2012

Festival Director Lennie Dean introduces master playwright Garret Jon Groenveld to 50 new students including Redwood Writers playwrights and actors

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Craig A. Miller chats with Rita Lakin about her play and memoir (Rita is author of the Gladdy Gold mystery series / writer of hit TV shows including Dr. Kildare and Dynasty). Rita Lakin attended Sunday matinee to cheer for playwrights Teresa LeYung-Ryan and Malena Eljumaily .

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Olga Malyj, Margie Yee Webb, Dennis & Sheryl Fairchild, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Rita Lakin, Kate Farrell at July 1, 2012 matinee

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joyful actress Stacey Marie Kerr and playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan (Answer Me Now) at closing night

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author Margie Yee Webb witnessed 3 of the 4 performances; playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan thankful for friends who supported her in various ways; Women's Studies Teacher Sheryl Fairchild and husband Dennis cheered for Teresa

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Sunday July 1, 2012 audience stayed to ask playwrights questions; festival director Lennie Dean moderated

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Votes are in! Audiences say Best Play is Special Delivery (playwright: Malena Eljumaily - sitting, third seat from left; director: Linda Loveland Reid - standing; actors: Monica McKey as Miss Hobbs and Eyan Dean as Milo the Meals-on-Wheels guy). Fellow playwrights cheer for Malena, Linda, Monica, Eyan !!!! photo by Margie Yee Webb

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Actors Monica McKey and Eyan Dean called on stage as director Linda Loveland Reid and winning playwright Malena Eljumaily hug. Fellow playwrights cheer for Malena, Linda, Monica, Eyan !!!! - photo by Margie Yee Webb

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playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan (gifts her mother-daughter novel Love Made of Heart to director Lennie Dean) says fond farewell to Redwood Writers 10-Minute Play Festival -- photo by author Margie Yee Webb

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Ten-Minute Play Festival Director Lennie Dean and Actor Eyan Dean -- what a dynamic duo ! photo by Playwright / Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan goes home after memorable 3-day play festival; dear pal Olga Malyj at the wheel

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My heart is filled with light and joy.  Thank you, MaMa, for inspiring me to write Answer Me Now. Thank you,  Everyone, who cheered me on.

Sincerely,

 

Teresa

 Teresa LeYung-Ryan

“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps her clients identify themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story. As coach and author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, she says: “Make your name synonymous with the issues you write about, whether  you’re writing fiction or nonfiction.”


Teresa has built her own platform happily;  her novel  Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the themes closest to her heart:   mother-daughter relationship, and, speaking openly about stigmas attached to mental illness.

Please visit her website &  blog  http://writingcoachteresa.com

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