2023 10-Minute Play Contest Winners & Performances

Play contest winners

Congratulations to the
10-Minute Play
contest winners!

This Year's Winning Plays:

“The Dog Run,” by David Beckman
"It’s Entirely the Truth” by Maureen Studer
“Criminal Encounter,” by Linda Loveland Reid
“Line in the Sand,” by Andrew Brier
“Toast,” by Andrew Brier (won’t be performed)
“Ever After,” by Joan Goodreau
“The Father,” by Crissi Langwell

Six Winning Plays will be performed by Off the Page Readers Theater.
Attend performances on following dates:


Friday, June 16

7-9 p.m.
Finley Center, Santa Rosa
Senior Wing, Room 5

(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 17

7-9 p.m.
Finley Center, Santa Rosa
Senior Wing, Room 5

(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)


Tickets - $20

Advance ticket purchase recommended.
A limited supply of tickets may be available at the door on the day of the event.

Winning Playwrights


David Beckman

David Beckman: Becoming Walt Whitman, Sixth Street Playhouse and Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica. The Plot Against Shakespeare at Shakespeare in the Cannery in Santa Rosa. Short plays at Off The Page; Sixth Street Playhouse; Santa Cruz, Monte Rio, New York and Dallas. He’s taught short playwriting workshops in Guerneville.


Maureen Studer

Maureen Studer is an award-winning actor, director, educator and playwright. She has garnered her awards over the span of four decades of working in the theatre. Fifteen years ago she turned her creative energy toward writing. To date, she has completed five full length plays, three romance novels, and a myriad of short stories and poetry. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside with a focus on acting and directing. Maureen has her Masters in Arts from San Francisco State with a focus on theatre history and criticism.


Linda Loveland Reid

Linda Loveland Reid is Past President of Redwood Writers, an author of two novels, and a Jack London Awardee. Linda teaches art history for SSU and Dominican Universities in their Osher Lifelong Learning programs. She is a figurative and abstract painter, has directed community theater for 30 years, and serves on several Boards of Directors. www.lindalovelandreid.com


Andrew Brier

Andrew Brier is an award-winning independent filmmaker living in Petaluma. Mr. Brier has directed and produced theater in the Bay Area for 50 years. His ten minute plays have been produced at festivals and his award winning ten minute covid plays project can be viewed at theshelterplays.com.


Joan Goodreau

Joan Goodreau has had eight short plays produced. Her recent work includes: Strangers Together: How My Son's Autism Changed My Life, Another Secret Shared, and Where to Next?


Crissi Langwell

Crissi Langwell writes romance novels that tell stories of the heart. This play is an excerpt from her recently released self-published novel, Masquerade Mistake. She joined Redwood Writers in 2012 and has served as the club's 2020 and 2021 anthologies editor. Currently, she is the club's vice president, newsletter editor, web editor, and social media manager, and was this year's recipient of the Helene S. Barnhardt award. Find Crissi at crissilangwell.com.

Off the Page Readers Theater Actors & Directors



Marlene Augustine-Gardini retired from the music industry as Senior Director/ West Coast Promotion for MCA, a division of Universal Music Group. In her youth she was a member of the award winning MAGIC CARPET PLAY COMPANY based in San Francisco. She is a member of various local readers theatre groups. Marlene’s writing has appeared in the California Literary Review and Flash Fiction Magazine.



RW Hessler is an actor/musician who hails from Cincinnati. He was a founding member of Cincy's legendary John Body Players as well as a company member of the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He dedicates his performance to his wife and best friend of over 30 years, Anna Hill-Hessler.


Terry Kolkey

Terry Kolkey has acted in stage productions in San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Ashland, Oregon. The productions he enjoyed the most were The Crucible, Other Desert Cities, The Mousetrap, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hamlet, Lear, MacBeth, and Titus Andronicus. He has also performed in a few improv shows.



Beth Petrich Moise began performing in school plays, community theater and summer stock as a child. She was awarded best high school actress of Missouri. She studied acting with Howard Orms in Missouri and with Uta Hagen in NYC. She has performed in musical, comedy and dramatic plays and film. Since retiring from a career in software she has performed with Pegasus, 6th Street and Off The Page Readers Theater.



Hilary Moore is a founding member of Off the Page Readers Theater. As a child she sang Radio/TV commercials to whomever would listen, followed by years of 'let’s pretend.' Her adult roles include many as an Improv actor, and onstage with West County's River Players, Redding's Riverfront Playhouse and Port Townsend's Bare Boards.


Jeff Savage

Jeff Savage The theater feels like home to Jeff. He literally grew up onstage; as a child he spent many years at a professional theater arts school in Michigan. He is an award-winning public speaker, a seasoned improvisational actor and has performed regularly for many years with Off the Page Readers Theater.



Hilary Moore

Poet/actor/director, Hilary Moore is a founding member of Off the Page Readers Theater. She started performing as a toddler, singing to family, followed by a childhood full of “let’s pretend.” Adult roles include many as an improv actor, and onstage in West County, Redding, and Port Townsend. Hilary began writing poems as a teen, and most recently was published in Redwood Writers' Beyond Distance and Phyllis Meshulam's The Freedom of New Beginnings.


Beth Moise

Beth Petrich Moise began performing in school plays, community theater and summer stock as a child. She was awarded best high school actress of Missouri. She studied acting with Howard Orms in Missouri and with Uta Hagen in NYC.  She has performed in musical, comedy and dramatic plays and film.  Acting was paused during a career in software, but since retirement she has performed with Pegasus, 6th Street Playhouse, and Off The Page Readers Theatre.


Malena Eljumaily

Malena Eljumaily is an avid reader of mysteries, memoir, and lately, self-help books. Several of her short plays (one-act, ten-minute and one-minute) have been produced in festivals around the country. Her short play Special Delivery has won multiple awards, including twice as Audience Choice. She also loves to knit, cross-stitch, and sew. Malena is currently writing a full-length play about life in Los Angeles in the 1980s.


Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim is a playwright, children’s author, and freelance writer. Her ten-minute plays have been performed in Ukiah, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Guerneville, Los Angeles, and internationally in Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, and Kuala Lumpur. She has previously been a winner of three of Redwood Writers’ playwriting contests, and is a former RW playwriting judge. She has published nine picture books and has worked on book projects with Disney Press and Disney/Pixar and most recently with UK publisher Quarto Books. She is working with Charlesbridge Publishing on an upcoming sequel to her Storytelling Math book, Luna’s Yum Yum Dim Sum, to be released in Fall 2025.



Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith made up a story on the fly in second grade. It was all well and good until she turned the paper over. The nuns’ glares, trip to the principal’s office and subsequent explanation to her mother did not dissuade her from continuing with her stories.  An upbeat artist, screenwriter, poet and songwriter – creativity & adventure keep her happy.


Adele Layton

Adele Layton owned and operated a court reporting firm and transcribing school with offices in San Francisco and Oakland for 30 years. Retiring in Napa Valley with her husband, she joined the Board of Redwood Writers five years ago and continues to sing its praises. She is currently working on non-fiction and screenwriting, guaranteeing completion of one major work this year.



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