Teresa LeYung-Ryan’s Play (monologue) a Winner of the 2012 Redwood Writers Playwriting Contest

3 April 2012

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to share sweet news with you.

At 8:19pm this evening I received a phone call from Linda Loveland Reid, telling me that my 10-minute play Answer Me Now has been chosen as one of the nine plays to be produced.  I listened to Linda as she explained that directors will be selected, auditions will be scheduled, then casting, and rehearsals, and that the plays would be performed at the annual Redwood Writers Play Festival on June 29, 30 and July 1, 2012 in California.

Performances will be June 29, Friday at 8pm; June 30, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and July 1, Sunday at 2pm.  Tickets will be $16 per person.

at Santa Rosa’s premier theater, 6th Street Playhouse. The plays will be presented on 6th Street’s Studio stage.

I’m feeling proud and sad at the same time; my play is a monologue (middle-aged daughter talking to her mother); I miss my mom so much.

Thank you, Linda Loveland Reid, for your generosity in creating the annual Redwood Writers Playwriting Contest. Thank you, judges Natasha Carter-Yim, Michael Fontaine and Lennie Dean. Thank you to fellow playwrights and everyone involved in this project.

Thank you, dear Lynn Scott, for your editing my play.

Last week I had already asked dear Elisa Sasa Southard to attend the April 15, 2012 meeting with me, winning or not, so that we could cheer for all the playwrights. Tonight, after receiving the call from Linda . . . I called dear Luisa Adams.  Sasa could still be on her trip. It’s too late to call other pals, so, I write this blog post. Gotta email my sis (teaching abroad) and KB in Australia!

Kim McMillon, I’m thinking of you.  Your plays have inspired me so much!

Kathryn G. McCarty, thank you for inspiring me with your writing and directing plays, and for giving me the thrill to be on stage for the fundraiser performance of  Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to benefit Community Violence Solutions.

Carol Sheldon, you have inspired me too.  I look forward to seeing your new play this month.

Chandra Garsson, I’m thinking of you too. Your films have inspired me so much!  Last month Chandra had offered to film me performing Answer Me Now so that I would have a Chandra Garsson production for my YouTube channel; I guess I better memorize my own lines… in addition to attending some of the rehearsals (as the playwright, not actor) when casting has been completed for the Redwood Writers Play Festival.

Screenwriter and screenwriting teacher Terrel Seltzer, thank you for having coached us on what a compelling story is.

Goodnight, Everyone!

Being a writer is a reward! Keep writing!


Teresa LeYung-Ryan

As editor/story consultant, Teresa LeYung-Ryan identifies themes and universal archetypes for clients. As author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, she says: “Make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.” Teresa has built her own platform happily; her novel Love Made of Heart is used in college composition classes. She says her novel and her play Answer Me Now carry the theme closest to her heart: mother-daughter relationship.  http://writingcoachteresa.com for Coach Teresa’s Blog and other resources.  “Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”

Here’s the email that I just received from Linda.


Dear Play Contest submitters and Redwood members: The judges met today and made their final decision on the winning plays for this year’s Play Contest. (names listed below)
A huge thank you to judges Natasha Carter-Yim, Michael Fontaine and Lennie Dean. We wish that every play could have been chosen and appreciate everyone who participated.
The winners will be recognized at the April 15, 2012 Redwood Writer general meeting at the Flamingo Hotel at 2:30.
The judges will be in attendance to help recognize the winning playwrights.
It is especially exciting this year, as the annual Redwood Writers Play Festival on June 29/30 and July 1, 2012 will be in partnership with Santa Rosa’s premier theater, 6th Street Playhouse. The plays will be presented on 6th Street’s Studio stage. Stand-by for lots more on that front, but for now, please help us celebrate our winning playwrights, listed below in alpha order:

Congratulations to the following nine winning playwrights!

Malena Eljumaily                           Special Delivery

Nancy Lockard Gallop                  There There, Now

Gene Griffith                                 Gravediggers

Teresa LeYung-Ryan                    Answer Me Now

Elaine Maikovska                          The Play Is the Thang

Amanda McTigue                          Turn The Other

Harry Reid                                    GPS

Elizabeth VanPatten                       Dream Girl

Jean Wong                                    BFF

Linda Loveland Reid www.lindalovelandreid.com
President of Redwood Writerswww.redwoodwriters.org
April 28 – Writers Conference at SRJC; April 27 Poetry Night
Author of Touch of Magenta = Review by Laura McHale Holland, On-line Examiner…


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9 Responses to “Teresa LeYung-Ryan’s Play (Monologue) a Winner of the 2012 Redwood Writers Playwriting Contest”

  • Teresa, I was lucky enough to receive the same email from Linda. Proud to join you and the other writers. What a terrific adventure seeing our words come to life at 6th Street. Looking forward to the whole process — A

  • Lennie Dean says:


    Congratulations! Answer Me Now is a beautiful sojourn of the mother/daughter soul affinity. I continually seek to be the best of the best of my mother: your play is a tribute to that ongoing relationship of mind, heart and healing spirit. Thank you.

    As Festival Director, I am thrilled at the announcement of the collaboration between Redwood Writers – Linda Loveland Reid, President and 6th Street Playhouse – Craig Miller, Artistic and Education Director. This match will bring the best of both worlds to serve in the enrichment of our community. It is sure to be an event of the year!

    I will update as the process of the creation of this event unfolds!

    Lennie Dean

  • Malena E. says:

    I was very excited to be named a winner and still can’t believe it’s true. Have never written anything for theater before, so this will be a whole new experience. When you write a prose piece, it’s up to the reader to create the world in his head using your words and descriptions. But with theater, that world has to actually come into existence. Such a different medium. A collaborative one. Won’t it be exciting to work with the director and actors?
    Congratulations to you and all the other winners.

  • Jean Wong says:

    Many thanks and congratulations to all–are we good or what!

  • admin says:

    Lennie, I can’t wait to meet you. Your generous praise of my work humbles me. I am so very excited about getting a chance to witness the process. Thank you again! Sincerely,
    Teresa LeYung-Ryan

  • admin says:

    Malena, thanks for commenting. I can’t wait to see everyone’s work. I agree–it will be exciting to work with directors and actors. See you on the 15th!
    Teresa LeYung-Ryan

  • admin says:

    You’re everywhere!
    See you on the 15th!
    Teresa LeYung-Ryan

  • Natasha Yim says:

    Congratulations to all the playwrights!! I just watched my play at the New Plays Festival at Mendocino College, and there is nothing like seeing your characters come to life. Whether it’s your first or seventh play, it’s always a huge thrill. Theatre is so collaborative. I loved how my actors and director had so much to add to the process. So, enjoy the experience, savor the journey, and WRITE MORE PLAYS!

  • admin says:


    Thank you for being one of the three judges for the Redwood Writers Playwriting Contest.

    Hearing about your joy over the collaboration process is inspiring.

    Cheers to you, playwright Natasha!

    Will you be at the Redwood Writers & 6th Street Playhouse Play Festival too?

    Thank you again for inspiring me!

    Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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