Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Head to the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat This Summer
May 28, 2013
Kathy Evans, Founder and Executive Director, announced the nine musicals and eighteen writers selected for the third summer of the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. For nine consecutive weeks beginning June 23rd, each writing team will have an individual weeklong residency in Rhinebeck, New York to write their musical. All costs are fully funded by donors including The ASCAP Foundation, The Dramatists Guild Fund, and The Noël Coward Foundation. Writers include Tony-winners and nominees Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), and Heidi Rodewald and Stew (Passing Strange), and multi-award winners Adam Gwon, Laura Harrington, Joe Iconis, Kait Kerrigan, and Brian Lowdermilk.
A panel that reviewed over 90 submissions selected the participants. Panelists included Mara Isaacs (McCarter Theatre), Donna Lynn Hilton (Goodspeed Musicals), and Kent Nicholson (Playwrights Horizons). The complete line-up for the summer and the contributors supporting each week are:
· July 14 - 21: Rob Shapiro, Catch, underwritten by Alec Stais and Elissa Burke
· August 4 - 11: Patricia Cotter and Lori Scarlett; Ladykillers, underwritten in part by Peter Risafi and Rick Farrar
Created in 2011 by Kathy Evans, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a sanctuary for musical theatre writers to develop their musicals in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Several musicals developed in the first two years are receiving productions this summer: Nobody Loves You, by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter, at Second Stage Theatre; Love's Labour's Lost, by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, at The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in The Park; The Last Queen of Canaan, by Rebekah Melocik and Jacob Yandura, at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre; and two at The Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference - Broadcast, by Scott Murphy and Nathan Christensen and The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, by Chistopher Dimond and Michael Kooman. Writers pay nothing to participate in Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and all costs are covered by donations. For more information, visit www.rhinebeckwriters.org.