2019 Writers and Musicals

27 writers of nine new musicals joined us this summer for weeklong residencies focusing solely on writing their musical.

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix

August 4 – August 11

Brandon James Gwinn, EllaRose Chary, and Sherri Eden Barber, with Lead Support from Liz Armstrong 

The Golden Spike

August 11 – August 18

Don Nguyen, and The Lobbyists:  Tony Aidan Vo, Tommy Crawford, Eloïse Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner​, and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman, with Lead Support from Amy and Roger Faxon

Narcolepsy

August 18 – August 25

Brian Crawley and Heather Christian with Underwriting Support from Dave Badtke and Josanna Berkow

 

AD 16

August 25 – September 1

Cinco Paul, Bekah Brunstetter, and Stephen Brackett, with Underwriting Support from Rick Farrar and Jeff Zadroga

Borders

June 30 – July 7

Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon, with Lead Support from Jacqui and Lew Rose

Sean's Story: Part 1  |  The Awakening

July 7 - July 14

Khiyon Hursey, with Lead Support from The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund

Almost Heaven

July 14– July 21

Hunter Bird and Oliver Houser​, with Lead Support from Cathy Cabrera and Rick Ungar

 

Operation Mincemeat

July 21 – July 28

Zoe Roberts, Natasha Hodgson, David Cumming, and Felix Hagan, with Lead Support from The Noël Coward Foundation and Underwriting Support from Alec Stais and Elissa Burke

 

In a Sunshine State

July 28 – August 4

Derek Gregor, Phoebe Kreutz, and T. C. Lind, with Lead Support from Peter Risafi and Steven Wheeler

Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon


BORDERS 

June 30 - July 7

BORDERS tells the story of an Israeli soldier named Noam and a Palestinian man named Ashraf, who fall in love after meeting at a border checkpoint. Adapted from the 2006 film THE BUBBLE by Eytan Fox & Gal Uchovsky, this new musical takes place during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s and examines the borders we construct within society and within ourselves.

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JANINE MCGUIRE and ARRI LAWTON SIMON, Book, Music & Lyrics
 

McGuire & Simon are a NYC-based musical theatre writing team, members of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, alumni of the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, and 2019 York Theatre NEO (New-Emerging-Outstanding) writers. Earlier this year they presented concerts of their work at The Green Room 42 (NYC) and The Phoenix Theatre (Phoenix, AZ) in addition to a two-week residency at the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. In addition to BORDERS (in development), their shows include EXPRESS, which was originally performed inside historic subway cars at the New York Transit Museum and was later workshopped and expanded at New York Film Academy, and a TYA musical KIBBY THE SPACE DOG, a commission which premiered at Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center in 2018. Janine holds a B.A. in Music from Barnard College, Columbia University. Arri holds a B.M. in Composition and Voice from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and is an AEA performer who has appeared at Carnegie Hall and NY City Center. www.mcguireandsimon.com @mcguireandsimon

 
 
Khiyon Hursey, Sean's Story Part One The Awakening, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

Khiyon Hursey

SEAN'S STORY:

PART 1 | THE AWAKENING 

July 7 - July 14

SEAN'S STORY PART I | THE AWAKENING follows a young black man as he navigates first love and racial injustice while exploring his relationship with his own blackness.

KHIYON HURSEY, Book, Music & Lyrics
Khiyon Hursey is a writer and composer based in Los Angeles and New York. A 2014 graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting, he recently finished a stint as a staff writer for Netflix’s romantic musical drama, MIXTAPE (airing 2020). He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Burgie Scholarship, Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, a 2016 NAMT Writers Grant, a 2016 - 2017 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency, 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project residency, 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, and the 2019 Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat.

 

 

Oliver Houser and Hunter Bird

ALMOST HEAVEN 

July 14 - July 21

As she begins her senior year of high school, Jes Holt dreams of leaving her small West Virginia town to set out for a new life in Portland, Oregon. But when her family falls apart, Jes finds comfort in the very thing that begins to trap her. Set against the backdrop of the greatest drug crisis in our country’s history, ALMOST HEAVEN is an original coming-of-age musical about the devastations of addiction, and one woman’s journey to choose life rather than escape it.

OLIVER HOUSER, Music & Lyrics

Oliver Houser is a New York-based singer-songwriter and musical theatre artist. A recent Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow and winner of the inaugural Stephen Schwartz Award, the ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award and a SongSpace Grant, Oliver’s work has been performed and developed at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Village Theatre, National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), SoHo Playhouse, New York Musical Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Other Palace Theatre in the UK. Oliver was selected for Jeanine Tesori’s Front & Center Master Class and is an alum of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. Oliver is a proud member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild and The Musical Theatre Factory.  www.oliverhouser.com 

 

HUNTER BIRD, Book, Director
Hunter Bird is a Brooklyn-based theatre maker of new plays and musicals. Currently directing and developing XY with Oliver Houser (NAMT 2018, Upcoming Workshop at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 17/18, Dramatist Guild Fellowship). Recent projects include THE LAODAMIAD by Chas LiBretto at Signature Theatre and The Getty Villa, developed at Roundabout Theatre Company with dramaturg Oskar Eustis.  Writing credits include THE STARRY MESSENGER with Madeline Myers and HELD MOMENTARILY with Oliver Houser and James Zeebooker. Associate & assistant directing work with Lynne Meadow, Des McAnuff, Pam MacKinnon, Doug Hughes, Graciela Daniele, Eve Ensler, and the National Theatre of Scotland. Civilians R&D Group (18/19), Line Producer of ANT Fest 2018 at Ars Nova, and the Colony Coordinator of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals from 2014 - 2016. www.hunter-bird.com

 

Zoe Roberts, Natasha Hodgson,

David Cumming, and Felix Hagan

OPERATION MINCEMEAT 

July 21 - July 28

The year is 1943 and right now, England is losing the war. Luckily, they’re about to gamble all our futures on a stolen corpse. This fast-paced, darkly comic musical follows young British Naval Intelligence officer Charles Cholmondeley, and the utterly surreal, totally bizarre intelligence mission he conceived that - despite all the odds - was instrumental in winning World War 2. The question is, how did a well-dressed corpse wrong-foot Hitler into handing over Europe? OPERATION MINCEMEAT rousingly investigates national pride, dumb luck, who writes our histories, and what the hell we’re all fighting for in the first place.

ZOE ROBERTS, Book & Lyrics
Zoe is a founding member of Kill the Beast theatre company, the UK-based multi-award winning dark comedy troupe whose credits include sell-out national tours and features on BBC Radio 3, as well as a Stage Edinburgh Award 2016, Manchester Studio Theatre Award 2015 and the Peter Brook Fringe Award 2016. With Kill the Beast, Zoe has co-written four productions to date, as well as co-scripting two comedy podcast series, the first of which debuted in the Top Ten iTunes UK Comedy chart Autumn 2018. Kill the Beast have performed over 200 times in the last six years, selling 20,000 tickets and touring to 50+ venues across the UK, and have been Associate Artists at prestigious UK venue The Lowry in Salford, Manchester, since 2011. 

NATASHA HODGSON, Book & Lyrics 
As well as being a founding member of Kill the Beast, Natasha is a television writer, contributing on comedy programmes such as BAFTA award-winning Amazing World Of Gumball and Bravest Warriors, created by Adventuretime’s Pendelton Ward. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, as well as performing on BBC Radio 4’s satirical comedy NewsJack. She is a long-term collaborator of Felix Hagan's, touring nationally and internationally with his band Felix Hagan and the Family. 

DAVID CUMMING, Book, Music & Lyrics 
David is an award-winning director, actor and musician specialising in theatre with a musical element, and a founding member of Kill the Beast (see Zoe Roberts biog for credits). A trained singer, David is Assistant Choirmaster to London’s Roundhouse Choir, working with a host of high-profile artists such as Ronnie Spector, Boy George, and Imogen Heap. Most recently he co-devised Battersea Arts Centre’s beatbox production Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster, which won the OffWestEnd 2019 TBC Award for ‘Shows Which Defy Categorisation’. 

 

FELIX HAGAN, Music & Lyrics 
Felix is an accomplished song-writer & musician, having written and performed with his band Felix Hagan and the Family since 2013. Renowned for their energetic, theatrical live shows, virtuosic musical skills and impressive lyrical dexterity, by 2017, their passionate fan base propelled debut album Attention Seeker to Number 6 in the UK iTunes Rock Chart and to date their music has been streamed over 650,000 times on Spotify alone. In 2016 the band toured nationally supporting Frank Turner, and in 2018 they supported Canadian group The Arkells on their European tour. Felix has experience composing for the stage, co-composing the music for Kill the Beast’s Don't Wake The Damp and Director's Cut, and composing for several plays by award-winning comedy writer Freddy Syborn.

 

 
Derek Gregor, In a Sunshine State, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

Derek Gregor, Phoebe Kreutz, and T. C. Lind

IN A SUNSHINE STATE 

July 28 - August 4

Phoebe Kreutz, In a Sunshine State, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

IN A SUNSHINE STATE is a romance set during one of the most harrowing moments in American queer history: the rise of the Johns Committee in 1950s Florida. The musical tells the story of Eleanor Bergen- an outspoken liberal professor at Tampa University whose life is thrown into chaos when she unexpectedly falls in love with a female graduate student. As government agents increase the pressure for academia to weed out "the undesirable element", Eleanor must choose between the career and family she cherishes and a love she's never known.

DEREK GREGOR, Music
Derek Gregor's musical UNLOCK’D (Sam Carner lyrics/book) played Off-Broadway at the Duke Theater (winner of Richard Rodgers Award and “Best of the Fest” at NYMF.) Carner & Gregor's ISLAND SONG was produced at the Adirondack Theater Festival and is now licensed around the world. Their children's piece LOVE, SPLAT tours the country with TheatreWorks USA. They received a MAC Award and a John Wallowitch Award.  Gregor's award-winning musical film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp (Selda Sahin lyrics) played to festivals around the world. Gregor and Sahin's musical MODERN was selected for the Stephen Schwartz ASCAP Workshop this Fall and for USC's Live Read this past January. They wrote original songs for the upcoming film AMERICAN REJECT (feat. Keala Settle, Rebecca Black, Billy Ray Cyrus, Juvenile, Angelica Hale, and Annaleigh Ashford.)  

TC Lind, In a Sunshine State, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

PHOEBE KREUTZ, Lyrics
Phoebe Kreutz's most recent production was THE NEW WORLD at the Bucks County Playhouse (with composer Gary Adler). Other projects include GO! GO! GILGAMESH! (winner of Best Score and Participant's Choice Awards at the NYC Frigid Festival), HOLY CRAP: THE WORST PARTS OF THE BIBLE (recipient of the Ellen Schwartz Award for Literary Merit) and CHRISTMAS WITH THE (ALMOST) STARS- a new holiday musical she's writing with Derek Gregor and Jake McKenna. She's released five albums of original songs and toured extensively in the US and Europe- both solo and with her controversial parody band: The Pizza Underground.

T. C. LIND, Book
T.C. Lind is a script writer of plays and special events. He’s written numerous scripts for internationally recognized non-profit organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  Most notable credits include Lincoln Center’s inaugural Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center’s Awards for Emerging Artists, The Hispanic Heritage Awards, the Anti-Defamation League Concert Against Hate, and the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds Celebration. T.C. holds a BFA in Theater Arts from The University of the Arts. IN A SUNSHINE STATE marks his first work for musical theater.

 

 

Brandon James Gwinn, EllaRose Chary,

and Sherri Eden Barber

TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX 

August 4 - August 11

Sherri Eden Barber, TL; DR; Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Ella Rose Chary, TL; DR; Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Brandon James Gwinn, TL; DR; Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX is a queer, rock musical. It asks "why do strong female characters always gotta die?" then embarks on a fantasy driven, irreverent, meta analysis of queer women in media. The kickass band plays T and L’s beloved Thunderbird, Eleanor Roosevelt, and leads them on their post-Grand Canyon jump journey. TL;DR is a celebration of lady love; it takes on the patriarchy and the gaytriarchy; it insists that queer women exist and belong in the musical theater canon (hi, we’re right here). TL;DR looks at the current queer storytelling landscape and says “Let’s keep going.”

BRANDON JAMES GWINN, Music & Lyrics

Brandon James Gwinn is a composer/lyricist and music producer. His musicals include: Cotton Candy & Cocaine (Ars Nova Uncharted, NAMT Grant, Theatre C) Queer. People. Time. (Dramatist Guild Fellowship, CATWALK Residency), TL;DR: Thelma Louise Dyke Remix (The Tank), Matchmaker Matchmaker, I’m Willing to Settle (ART Club Oberon, NYMF), Small Town Story (American Theatre Group, Finalist Richard Rodgers Award, NAMT Writer’s Residency Grant, Village Originals Seattle, NYTB Commission) and Underwear A Space Musical (Fringe Festival, American College Theatre Festival). As a producer: Alexis Michelle’s LoveFool (Broadway Records) Trixie Mattel’s Two Birds and One Stone (#1 Billboard chart). Composer: George Takei web-series It Takei’s Two. MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. ASPAC, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, & Dramatists Guild www.brandonjamesgwinn.com

ELLAROSE CHARY, Book & Lyrics

EllaRose Chary is a writer and an advocate for inclusion in musical theater. Her projects include: COTTON CANDY AND COCAINE (Theater C), TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix (The Tank), THE DOLL MAKER’S GIFT (The Rose Theater), THE LORIKEET (The Flea Theater Commission), MARRYING ME (BOH Cameronian Arts Award Winner), THE LAKE AND THE MILL (Finalist, Kernodle New Play Award, Great Plains Theatre Conference) and The Civilians’ Lobby Project at City Center (Encores! Off-Center). EllaRose is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, Ars Nova Uncharted resident, Catwalk Institute resident, Musical Theater Today Contributing Editor, NYFA Fellowship Playwriting/Screenwriting Finalist, Kleban Prize Finalist, recipient of the Anna Sosenko Grant and a NAMT grant, and a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. BA: Brown University; MFA: NYU Tisch. www.ellarosechary.com

SHERRI EDEN BARBER, Director

Sherri Eden Barber is a New York based theatre director and Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective. Recent: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS (Pasadena Playhouse), GOOD FRIDAY (The Flea Theater), ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES (Ricochet Collective – Teatro Circulo), HAPPILY AFTER EVER (Ricochet Collective – 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), GORDY CRASHES (Ricochet Collective – IRT), MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL (The Flea), THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Theatreworks USA), 24 Hour Plays on Broadway with Pablo Schreiber, Laverne Cox, and Melanie Griffith. She has developed new work with Rattlestick, Orchard Project, The Flea, Culture Project, Chautauqua, and The Old Vic. Sherri is a recipient of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Directors Fellowship, the Core Company Director for The Orchard Project, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and recipient of the US/UK Exchange Award.  SherriEdenBarber.com

 

Don Nguyen, Tony Aidan Vo, Tommy Crawford,

Eloïse Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner and

Douglas Waterbury-Tieman,

THE GOLDEN SPIKE 

August 11 - August 18

Don Nguyen, The Golden Spike, The Lobbyists, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

THE GOLDEN SPIKE is the story of Sun Wu, a Chinese immigrant who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad thirteen years earlier who now finds himself trying to outrun the long arm of the law in hopes of reuniting with his wife and son.  Weaving strong emotional narratives of Chinese and Irish immigrants of the Railroad, THE GOLDEN SPIKE is a story of the pursuit of love, family, truth, and the sparkling light of equality under the otherwise dark shadow cast by the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Douglas Waterbury-Tieman, The Golden Spike, The Lobbyists, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Alex Grubbs, The Golden Spike, The Lobbyists, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Eloise Eonnet, The Golden Spike, The Lobbyists, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Tony Aidan Vo, The Golden Spike, The Lobbyists, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Will Turner, The Golden Spike, The Lobbyists, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

DON NGUYEN, Playwright

Full-length plays include THE SUPREME LEADER (World Premiere - Dallas Theatre Center, 2020), HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH (World Premiere - The Playwrights Realm, 2018), SOUND (World Premiere - Azeotrope/ACT Seattle), RED FLAMBOYANT (World Premiere - Firebone Theatre Company, 2015 GAP Prize Winner), THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN (Yale Cabaret), THE MAN FROM SAIGON (developed at A.C.T in San Francisco, Naked Angels, NYSAF Founders Award).  Don is a current member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians inaugural R&D Group, the 52nd Street Project, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective.  For more information, please visit: thenuge.com

TONY AIDAN VO, The Lobbyists

Actor, musician, and entrepreneur. Theater: The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater), SeaWife (Naked Angels, 2016 Drama Desk Nom), 1969:The Second Man (NYTW), Frontieres sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr), These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea). Regional: Baltimore Center Stage, New York Stage & Film, The Hangar, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and White Heron. Television: THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK, CBS and COMEDY CENTRAL. He is also a co-founder of Audition.Cat, a new startup company that provides analytic tools for the auditioning actor. Follow: @tvo_this, tonyaidanvo.com and audition.cat

TOMMY CRAWFORD, The Lobbyists

Actor, singer, musician, and composer. Recent regional/NYC: Paul McCartney in ONLY YESTERDAY (Northern Stage), Carl Perkins in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Weston Playhouse), SEAWIFE (White Heron; Naked Angels), VEIL’D (WP Theater). As composer/songwriter, recent projects include: SEAWIFE (Drama Desk Nomination Outstanding Music, with The Lobbyists), CRY EDEN, ‘NIA, FROM COLD LAKE. Co-founder, bandleader of The Lobbyists. Lifetime member artist, Ensemble Studio Theater. BA Yale. More at tommycrawford.com

ELOÏSE EONETT, The Lobbyists

Eloise started her career in France doing American and European film. Since moving to New York, she has worked with various theater companies including Ars Nova, Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea Theater, Amios, Exit Pursued by a Bear, NYSAF Powerhouse Theater, Cape Cod Theater Project, The White Heron, and Williamstown Theater Festival. She is a member of the folk band/theater collective, The Lobbyists (Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Music for SeaWife).

 

ALEX GRUBBS, The Lobbyists

Member of acclaimed New York Folk Band “The Lobbyists” who were nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music for SeaWife produced by Naked Angels. Other credits include Spill, Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre) Utility (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre) SeaWife (Naked Angels) Mary Kate Olsen is in Love, a cautionary tail, These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea Theater) Regional: Miss Keller Has No Second Book (Gulfshore Playhouse) SeaWife (White Heron) The 39 Steps, Barefoot in the Park (Heritage Theater Festival), lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theater, NYC.  M.F.A in Acting UVa. www.alexgrubbs.com.

 

WILL TURNER, The Lobbyists

Will received his MFA in acting at Brown/Trinity and his undergraduate degree at Yale University. As a songwriter, he is interested in economy and playing with or against generic structures. As an actor, he is interested in magical realism and American Masculinity. willturneractor.com

DOUGLAS WATERBURY-TIEMAN, The Lobbyists

Actor, musician and writer from Lexington, KY. BM in Musical Theatre: Belmont University. Off Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom, Soot and Spit. Regional; SeaWife, Once.  He recently played fiddle aboard The Disney Magic as well as for Clint Black’s Looking For Christmas at The Old Globe. Proud member of The Lobbyists and The Playbillies he is also the creator of Johnny & the Devil’s Box, recently seen in cabaret at Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals.

Tommy Crawford, The Lobbyists, The Golden Spike, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
 

Brian Crawley and Heather Christian

NARCOLEPSY 

August 18 - August 25

In NARCOLEPSY, Robin, a young woman, moves to a city to help care for Loyd, her aging father. She is the youngest child of a celebrated man she feels she doesn’t know very well. As she comes to grips with his Alzheimer’s and her own mysterious developing disease, she has a second ongoing life, lived out in her dreams, where it is 1938, she is pregnant, and is playing catch up to figure out how and why. A dream child she befriends is wrapped up in a mystery she must solve before she can understand and find herself.

This project is developed with and directed by Ellie Heyman.

Brian Crawley, Narcolepsy, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

BRIAN CRAWLEY, Book & Lyrics

Brian Crawley wrote book and lyrics for TEDDY & MAX, part of Village Theatre’s 2018 Festival of New Musicals; VIOLET, at Playwrights Horizons in 1997; A LITTLE PRINCESS, at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto in 2004; and DOWN THERE with composer Lewis Flinn. VIOLET was on Broadway at the Roundabout in 2014 (four Tony nominations), and in London at the Charing Cross Theatre in 2019. For the libretto of VIOLET, Brian won the Kleban Award. VIOLET received the Richard Rodgers Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. He majored in Theater Studies at Yale and has an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. Brian is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Heather Christian, Narcolepsy, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

HEATHER CHRISTIAN, Music & Lyrics

Heather Christian is the daughter of a blues musician and a go-go dancer. An Obie Award winning composer/theater maker/performer and a 2018 Sundance Time Warner Fellow, she primarily makes her own work, including ANIMAL WISDOM, Bushwick Starr (Vulture’s top 4 shows of 2017), and Mission Drift Nat’l Theater London; THE WORLD IS ROUND, BAM; ANNIE SALEM, Ars Nova/Sundance Theater Lab. She is also a composer for film and television, (LEMON—2017 Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, GREGORY GO BOOM—Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and most recently, Adult Swim series The Shivering Truth). She released 8 records, teaches music composition at NYU and Princeton, owns a recording studio in Beacon, NY, and can be seen in concert halls and dive bars as Heather Christian & the Arbornauts. www.heatherchristian.com

 

Cinco Paul, Bekah Brunstetter, and Stephen Brackett

AD 16

August 25 - September 1

A.D. 16 tells the story of what happens when teenage Mary Magdalene falls in love with the boy next door: teenage Jesus. In a culture where women have little to no status, Mary’s efforts to win Jesus’ heart get her in trouble with her father, the local leper colony, and even the ultimate authority in Nazareth, the Jewish Sanhedrin. Which ultimately helps her discover the true meaning of love. Featuring an R&B score that evokes the best of TLC, En Vogue, Prince and more, this comedic coming-of-age story asks the question: what if your first crush was REALLY perfect?

Cinco Paul, AD 16, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Bekah Brunstetter, AD 16, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Stephen Brackett, AD 16, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

CINCO PAUL, Music & Lyrics

Cinco Paul, with Ken Daurio, has written the movies Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Despicable Me 3, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, The Secret Life Of Pets, The Santa Clause 2 and Bubble Boy. He also wrote the lyrics for the six songs in The Lorax, and is the recipient of the ASCAP Sammy Cahn Award for lyric writing and the Harold Arlen Award for the score of Bubble Boy, the original cast recording of which was recently released on Ghostlight Records. BA in English, Yale University. MFA in Screenwriting, USC.

BEKAH BRUNSTETTER, Book

Bekah’s plays include The Cake (The Echo Theater; MTC), Going to a Place where you already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V)  Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), and Oohrah! (The Atlantic Theater). She is an alumni of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages Writer’s group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, and the Women’s Project Lab. She is a founding member of The Kilroys, an advocacy group dedicated to achieving gender parity in the theater. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed), Freeform’s Switched at Birth, and Starz’s American Gods, and NBC’s  This is Us. BA UNC Chapel Hill; MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.

 

STEPHEN BRACKETT, Director

Broadway: Be More Chill (Lyceum Theater). Off-Broadway: Be More Chill (Signature and Two River Theaters), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Theaterworks USA/National Tour), Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater), Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73), Wringer (NYCCT), Carnival Kids (Lesser America), The Correspondent (Rattlestick),  After (Partial Comfort), The Material World (Dixon Place), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), and The Tenant (Woodshed Collective). Regional: Significant Other (Geffen Playhouse),  I Now Pronounce (Humana Festival), Le Switch (About Face),  The Great Pretender (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley). Upcoming: Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop at Playwrights Horizons and Fall Springs at Barrington Stage.

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