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a sanctuary for development of new musicals

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Adam Chanler-Berat

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Julian Hornik

On May 23, 2024, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat will present a reading of the new musical ASSISTED by Adam Chanler-Berat and Julian Hornik. RWR Donors and guests of the writers are invited.


ASSISTED was selected for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat’s Triple R program, where the writers receive two readings and a residency to accelerate the development of their musical. They started with a cold table read in NYC, followed by a residency in Rhinebeck to revise the script and score.

The cast includes Peter Friedman​ (TONY-nominee of RAGTIME, SUCCESSION), Tina Fabrique​ (Broadway's RAGTIME & BRING IN 'DA NOISE, BRING IN 'DA FUNK), Keilly McQuail​ (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Mary Beth Peil​ (Broadway's ANASTASIA, THE GOOD WIFE), Barbara Walsh​ (TONY-nominee for FALSETTOS, COMPANY) and Samantha Williams​ (DEAR EVAN HANSEN). The reading is directed by Annie Tippe (Off-Broadway's OCTET) and music directed by Simone Allen..


The General Manager is Dailey-Monda Management.


Richard has a play to make! Embarking on a docu-theater project set in the memory care unit of an assisted living facility, playwright Richard grows closer and closer to his interview subjects; as his work progresses, he faces destabilizing truths about himself and the facility he has become enmeshed in. This meta-theatrical musical is a meditation on aging, dignity, and performance as a means of palliative care.

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Tina Fabrique

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Peter Friedman


Annie Tippe

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Keilly McQuail

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Mary Beth Peil

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Barbara Walsh

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Samantha Williams

Adam Chanler-Berat (he/him) is known for his performances in the original companies of Broadway’s NEXT TO NORMAL, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, SAINT JOAN, and AMELIE, as well as Off-Broadway in I CAN GET IT FOR YOUR WHOLESALE, ASSASSINS, RENT, FLY BY NIGHT, and FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (Lortel nomination) among others. As a writer, he was a member of The Civilian's 2022-23 R&D group. Adam’s play with music, CONTRA, has been workshopped at Ars Nova, was a finalist for Space on Ryder Farm 2018, and a semi-finalist for the 2020 O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. His piece AFTER PETER, to be featured this summer at New York Stage and Film, was workshopped with Barrington Stage in 2021 and was developed in residence at NYSAF in 2022. His project ASSISTED was developed with Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and Barrington Stage in 2023 and was a finalist for the 2023 Ground Floor cohort at Berkeley Rep.

Julian Hornik is a composer, lyricist, and librettist based in Brooklyn. Shows include ASSISTED with Adam Chanler-Berat (developed with The Civilians and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat), THREE DAYS with Mark Sonnenblick and Khiyon Hursey (Stanford, Vineyard Arts), DEATHBED EDITION (Ars Nova, Bedlam), TENN (Yale), and @QueerZ commissioned by the SF Gay Men’s Chorus. Film/TV credits include "Share" (A24) and animated musical series "Helluva Boss." Recipient of the 2023 Jonathan Larson Grant; he is a Bryan Gallace Fellow at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He has performed his work at, amongst others, Joe’s Pub, The Kennedy Center, New York City Center, and Carnegie Hall. 

"Our show, quite literally, would not exist without Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. The time spent as a team in the restful serenity of upstate New York left us a deeper understanding of each other and the thing we are writing. We cannot overstate the value of RWR to those of us lucky enough to be selected.

- Adam Chanler-Berat & Julian Hornik

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