RHINEBECK, N.Y.: The Rhinebeck Writers Retreat has announced the 17 musical theatre artists who have been selected to participate in its 2015 residency program. The retreat, which includes a private home, transportation, food and a $400 stipend, will offer the writers the chance to work on eight separate projects.
The writers, with their projects and retreat dates, are:
Charlie Sohn and Tim Rosser‘s Run Away Home (July 5–12), about a young man who poses as a missing child in a desperate search for a family.
John Dietrich and Will Buck‘s Only Anne (July 12–19), a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Matthew Doers and Eric Webb‘s Taking Step Three13 (July 19–26), a modern reimagining of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment with rock and hip-hop music.
Elizabeth A. Davis, Luke Holloway and Jason Michael Webb‘s Indian Joe (July 26–Aug. 2), about a Native American homeless man’s unlikely friendship with a Texas pageant queen.
Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian‘s The More Things Change (Aug. 2–9), about a songwriter who turns a one-hit wonder into a Broadway musical.
Kirsten Childs‘s Buffalo Bella: An American Tall Tale (Aug. 9–16), about the wild journey of a young African-American woman in the late 19th century who travels to New Mexico to be reunited with her sweetheart.
David Hein and Irene Sankoff‘s Mitzvah (Aug. 16–23), about a boy with autism and his family’s fight to give him a meaningful bar mitzvah.
Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza and Sam Willmott‘s Bhangin’ It (August 23–30), about a biracial Indian girl who forms a Banghra dance team on her college campus.