4th Annual Play Festival

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Winning plays received full production at 6th Street Playhouse.

 4th Redwood Writers Play Festival!

May 15-17 & 22-24 at 8pm

May 18, 24, & 25 at 2pm

$20 Thursday and Saturday Matinee

$25 Friday and Saturday nights & Sun Matinee

Sixth Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa.

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  • David Beckman, “Isn’t It Fabulous?”
  • Laura McHale Holland, “Are You Ready?”
  • Mercilee Jenkins, “Winning”
  • Steven Lubliner, “All my Big Men”
  • Joanell Serra, “Salvador”
  • Natasha Yim, “Playing With Knives”

The following plays were given a staged reading during the Play Festival.

  • Eyan Dean, “Is This A Person?”
  • Pamela Jackson, “Pressed Closer”
  • Mercilee Jenkins, “50 Love Letters”
  • Jacquelyn Wells, “Under a Violet Moon”

Awards to winners presented at Redwood Writers Feb. 9, 2014 General Meeting.

Play Festival Winning Playwrights – 2014

David Beckman

David Beckman

David Beckman’s full length plays include Becoming Walt Whitman, produced in 2010 at 6th Street Playhouse, and Under Pegasus, shown in a staged reading in 2013. Short plays have appeared at the Beast Festival in New York, Tapas Short Play Festival in Rio Nido and Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz. 

Laura McHale Holland

Laura McHale Holland

A multifaceted storyteller, Laura McHale Holland has published the flash fiction collection, The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song, and the award-winning memoir, Reversible Skirt. In all of her work, she strives to illuminate truths that are often hidden and encourage others to do the same. Intrigued? Get Laura’s newsletter at http://lauramchaleholland.com.

Mercilee Jenkins

Mercilee Jenkins

Mercilee M. Jenkins is an award-winning playwright and performance artist.  Her play, Spirit of Detroit, is being produced in Detroit at The Wright Museum of African American History this year. Her latest full-length play, Ghosts of War, received a staged reading at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley in 2012. 

Steven Lubliner

Steven Lubliner

A native New Yorker, Steven Lubliner now lives in Petaluma. Years ago, he won a poetry prize at UC Berkeley, published a poem and made some beer money acting. He once finished second in The New Yorker’s weekly cartoon caption contest. An attorney, he handles appeals for indigent criminal defendants.

Joanell Serra

Joanell Serra

Joanell Serra, MFT, has published articles, poetry and short stories, and recently finished a novel. A new playwright, she is thrilled to have this opportunity to see her work come to life on stage. Raised in New Jersey, Joanell has lived in the Bay Area for 25 years.

Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim’s ten minute plays have been produced in venues around Northern California, Los Angeles and, internationally, in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is also the author of four children’s books: Otto’s Rainy Day; Cixi, The Dragon Empress; Sacajawea of the Shoshone; and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas.

Linda Loveland Reid

Linda Loveland Reid

Contest Chair: Linda Loveland Reid: contests@redwoodwriters.org

Judges

Garret Groenveld

Garret Jon Groenveld

Garret Jon Groenveld is a poet and playwright living in San Francisco with an MA in Poetry and an MFA in Playwriting from San Francisco State University, who also studied with Edward Albee at the University of Houston. He’s a founding writer of PlayGround and an inaugural member of the Writers in Residence program at the Playwrights Foundation. His play Missives had well-received productions in San Francisco and New York. His play The Hummingbirds is a winner of the 2012 GAP Festival from the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley and the winner of the Internationalists Global Playwrighting Prize. This prize included six presentations in six countries (including New York, Berlin and the Netherlands) and has led to productions worldwide, including an ongoing tour of Romania and an extended run in Mexico City, with a remount at a larger theater in the spring of 2014. 

Susan Hunt

Susan Hunt

Susan Hunt’s first full length play, Get Colored, won the Sonoma County Playwright’s competition. It was produced twice at Actor’s Theater, and again in L.A., directed by Melanie Chartoff. Her second play, Take Me to the River, was commissioned for the Actors’ Theatre season and directed by Mollie Boice. Hunt has written dozens of one-acts, benefit shows and monologues for actors. She is currently developing a television series with her writing partner.

Barry Martin

Barry Martin

Born and raised in the Ozarks, Barry Martin majored in Theater at Missouri Southern State College and forgot to graduate before stumbling into a 23-year career in radio in four different states, including 17 years with KVON/KVYN in Napa. After a brief 26-year hiatus, in 2008 he returned to theater and with Taylor Bartolucci, co-founded the theater company Lucky Penny Productions. In the last five years he has produced, directed and/or performed in more than a dozen shows in Napa and Sonoma Counties He is a produced playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild and coordinates the annual 8 x 10 festival of ten minute plays in Napa.