Playwriting Contest Winners 2013

Playwriting Contest Winners

From left to right: Darrell Grisham, Lynn Millar, Scott Lummer, Jean Wong, Jack Fender, Kay Mehl Millar, Tony Sciullo

Winners of Redwood Writers 3rd Annual Play Contest

All winning plays will be produced at Redwood Writers 3rd Annual Play Festival,
6th Street Playhouse, June 27-30.

Jack Fender (The Bucket) is from London, England. A former actor and theatre entrepreneur in San Francisco, he now lives in So noma County. Jack spends his spare time writing short fiction as well as plays. He is a member of Redwood Writers. He is currently working on his first novel.

Darrell Grisham (Crossroads) has always wanted to entertain, but fear has kept him silent. His characters say what he can’t, shouldn’t, or won’t say. Those characters staged a coup in 2012 and demanded to be heard. So he presents to you “Crossroads” with a lot less fear now.

Writers-5884Scott Lummer (Starbucks) is an investment manager, actor, and, appar- ently, a playwright. He is the father of two grown children and the husband of one grown wife. He is indebted to his fellow participants at the 6th Street Playhouse Playwright’s Forum for their continual support and invaluable comments.

Lynn Millar (Art of the Matter) loves art and, in particular, paintings. She has hoped to bring one artwork to the stage. Lynn writes a blog about walking on the flat in Sonoma County and California. She has also written poems and short stories and a novel about lively paintings.

Kay Mehl Miller, Ph.D. (Intervention) enjoyed careers in journalism, teach- ing and psychotherapy. For seventeen years she wrote news and a monthly column for LGBT media. She is the author of Talking It Over: Understanding Sexual Diversity and Living with the Stranger in Me: An Exploration of Aging.

Tony Sciullo (Open House) received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carn- egie Mellon University. Prior to graduate school, Tony was a member of San Francisco’s Tale Spinners Theater and their Oral History Playwrights Project. Recently, he has been work- ing with the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center on Monday Night Shorts, a reading series of original plays. Tony and his family make their home in Healdsburg.

Jean Wong (Hot Water) was first place winner in a Redwood Writers’ short story contest. Her work was performed at the Petaluma Reader’s theater and the Santa Rosa 6th Street Playhouse. Whether she writes like a mule or notices a brilliant race horse speeding by, she’s amazed she lives to tell the tale!

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Linda Loveland Reid

Linda Loveland Reid

Contest Chair: Linda Loveland Reid

Linda has directed theater for various groups over 30 years, including Santa Rosa Players, Sonoma Vintage Theater, Novato Theater Company, 6th Street Playhouse and Spreckels Performing Arts. Some favorites productions are: Odd Couple: female version, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, Hotel Baltimore, Biloxi Blues, Beyond Therapy, My Left Breast, Gin Game and Oleanna. In 2010, Linda directed The Ticking Clock for 6th Street’s first celebration of Women’s History Month. Linda is Past President of Redwood Writers and serves on Sonoma County Literary Art Guild. She is the author of two novels. Linda is an instructor for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, SSU, teaching an Art History course that she designed. Other interests include figure oil painting and gardening.

Lennie Dean

Lennie Dean

Play Festival Director: Lennie Dean

Lennie has been a veteran theatre participant in Sonoma County for forty years. Her many capacities include teacher, director, actor, producer, education director and dramaturgy. She co-founded and served as artistic director for the Marquee Theatre and Studio Be Theatre. She has also contributed her talents to Actors’ Theatre, Cinnabar Theatre, Santa Rosa Players, Summer Repertory Theatre, and Academy of Arts in San Francisco. In 1999 Lennie received the Independent Eye award for her contributions to Sonoma County theatre. Lennie is currently teaching Acting Essentials and Acting for Baby Boomers and Beyond at 6th Street Playhouse. Next up, Lennie will direct HAPPY by Robert Caisely, which is part of the National New Play Network “rolling world premiere” in which four theaters agree to mount separate productions of a new play; 6th Street will be the final production of the year and will open in April.

Judges

David Beckman

David Beckman

David Beckman

David studied playwriting at New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre and, as an actor, toured with the National Shakespeare Company. In New York, Merely Players showcased his one-act play, What Goes Around and workshopped his full-length play Becoming Walt Whitman. The latter subsequently debuted at the Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica in 1993 before being produced in October 2010 at Santa Rosa’s Sixth Street Playhouse. His short plays have appeared at the Beast Festival in New York and the Pegasus Theatre Company’s Tapas Short Play Festival in Monte Rio, and one will appear at the Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz in February. He’s taught workshops in writing short plays at Pegasus Theatre and for Redwood Writers.

Garrett Jon Groenveld

Garrett Jon Groenveld

Garret Jon Groenveld

Garret Jon Groenveld is a founding writer of PlayGround and recently appeared in his Seventh PlayGround Festival. His play Missives received a world premiere at Theatre Rhino in 2005 and a New York Premiere in New York in 2008. The Serving Class won the Global Age Project in 2010 from the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley and as of this writing is a semifinalist for the Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwrighting Contest. His newest full-length play, The Hummingbirds, won the Global Age Project this year and was a Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill Summer Playwrights Conference. It has also won the Internationalist Global Playwrighting Contest, with upcoming presentations in six or more countries by the end of March 2013. He was an inaugural Writer in Residence at the Playwrights Foundation and has appeared in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival twice (1999 and 2004). He has an MFA in Poetry and Playwriting, and studied playwrighting with Edward Albee at his workshop at the University of Houston.

Laura Rohrman

Laura Rohrman

Laura ‘Noni’ Rohrman

Laura “Noni” Rohrman is a Sonoma County native, who uprooted herself and moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a playwright 12 years ago. To date Laura has had over 50 of her plays produced and/or developed with theaters around the world. Her one-act play, “Below 14th” was called “Brilliant” by Adrianne Brown, adjudicator of the Lost Theater Festival in London, UK. Her full-length play “Reporter Girl” about her grandmother, Dale Messick, creator of the famed cartoon strip Brenda Starr Reporter, has been a semi-finalist for the prestigious O’Neill Festival, a top finalist for the Princess Grace Award and a Weissberger Award nominee. As an actor, she’s participated in numerous plays in Santa Rosa, San Francisco and New York. She has an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama where she studied both acting and playwriting. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild. www.laurarohrman.com