Our 2017 Writers and Musicals

We’re hosting 19 writers developing 9 new musicals this summer for 9 consecutive weeklong residencies between July 2 and September 3. They were selected from 113 applications by a panel of experts from our Sounding Board of artistic advisors. Each writing team lives in a private home for one week with the sole purpose of writing their new musical. Our generous donors cover all the writers’ costs including the home rental, travel, food, supplies, and a $500 stipend for each writer.

Please join us at one of our “Meet the Writers” events held on five Saturdays in July and August. Enjoy wine and cheese and hear directly from the writers in residence that week about their musical. More information will follow in our e-newsletter. RSVP to RhinebeckRSVP@gmail.com to reserve your place and we will email you the location.

Mrs. Nash by Patricia Cotter, John Copeland, Ingrid Elizabeth, and Tylan Greenstein.
Reception July 15 at Great Song Farm, Red Hook, NY 12571

Passing Through by Brett Ryback, Eric Ulloa
Reception July 29 at Staatsburg, NY 12580

One Way by Ben Bonnema, Christopher Staskel
Reception August 12 in Red Hook, NY 12571 near Bard College

The Seven Who Were Hanged by Kate Douglas, Shayfer James
Reception August 26 at Staatsburg, NY 12580

Eric Hermannson’s Soul by Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen
Reception September 2 at Germantown, NY 12526

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2017 Musical Synopses, Writer Bios, and underwriting supporters of each weeklong residency:

July 2 – July 9: Mark Sonnenblick, Devotion, with lead support from The Noël Coward Foundation

Synopsis:

With few job prospects and uncertain futures, many of the inhabitants of Braxton, Ohio are caught in the illegal economy of prescription opiates: buying, selling, and using. There’s Betsy Lee Peterson, who collects pills from unscrupulous doctors and sells the ones she doesn’t take. There’s her daughter, Wanda Lee, who tries to keep the family together but feels totally lost. There’s Paul, the football player everyone knows will go to Ohio State until he doesn’t. And then there’s Kurt, Wanda Lee’s brilliant but frail younger brother, who’s convinced that he’s receiving urgent messages from God. A story about addiction (not just to pills) and belief (not only in religion), Devotion is a rousing electro-folk adventure set against the most devastating drug epidemic in American history.

Writer Bio:

MARK SONNENBLICK, Book, Music & Lyrics

Mark is a composer, lyricist, and scriptwriter, although not always at the same time. Collaborations include Midnight at The Never Get (Bistro Award, MAC Award nominee “Show of the Year”), Independents (“Best Production” FringeNYC, “Critics’ Pick” NYTimes, HuffPo’s Top Ten Shows of the Year), Ship Show (Yale Institute for Music Theatre; Rhinebeck Writers Retreat), Dragons Love Tacos (TheatreworksUSA), Stompcat in Lawndale (Ars Nova), Wheel of Misfortune (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Vera (Manhattan School of Music), and Bunkerville (BSU Discovery Festival). Fellowships include Dramatists Guild, Composers and the Voice (American Opera Projects), and The John Duffy Institute (Virginia Arts Festival). Mark has developed material at the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project (AMTP) and Writers Colony (Goodspeed Musicals), as well as UCross and The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. He lives in Brooklyn with no pets of any kind.
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July 9 – July 16: Patricia Cotter, John Copeland, Ingrid Elizabeth, and Tylan Greenstein, Mrs. Nash, with lead support from Liz Armstrong and underwriting support from The Dramatists Guild Fund

Synopsis:

Mrs. Nash is a musical about women in war, and at war, and about the experiences of people whose genders and feelings of love don’t fit neatly into any box. The musical is based on the true story of General George Custer’s laundress, Mrs. Nash – a mysterious, charismatic and ingenious survivor who was born a man, but lived as a woman. Mrs. Nash married three times – three different men, three different heartbreaks. Mrs. Nash tells the story of pioneers whose stories have rarely been told. Ultimately it’s about war and love from the point of view of women.  During a time of the Native American genocide, the Indian “removal” and Manifest Destiny, Mrs. Nash is a truly American story – a story of transformation.

Writer Bios:

PATRICIA COTTER, Book

Patricia Cotter is an Emmy Award winning, Groundling Theater Alum. She’s received the American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award for musical theater. Plays include RULES OF COMEDY 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2015; THE ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION (2015), performed by The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Evening of Ten Minute Plays, THE SURROGATE (Semi-finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2016); 1980 (OR WHY I’M VOTING FOR JOHN ANDERSON), The Cape Cod Theatre Project’s 2016 conference. Musicals (librettist/adaptations) include: ROCKET SCIENCE: A MUSICAL (Music by Stephen A. Weiner, lyrics by Jason Rhyne) and THE BREAK UP NOTEBOOK: A MUSICAL, (based on her play, music and lyrics by Lori Scarlett). She adapted MULAN, JR. based on the Disney film, MULAN for Disney Theatrical; SO FAR – BETH MALONE Co-writer, (Joe’s Pub, NYC, The Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO). LADYKILLERS, (Composer Lori Scarlett) developed at the 2013 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.

JOHN COPELAND, Book

John Copeland has developed a number of successful productions for the stage, based on existing material, beginning with GO AKS ALICE in 1996 (based on the book by Anonymous). Developed largely through improvisation, or in collaboration with writer Patricia Cotter, other shows included DARLING QUINTS (based on the Dionne Quintuplets), FAT! (loosely based on Fat is a Feminist Issue) and most recently Anita Bryant’s Playboy Interview. He and Patricia Cotter worked closely on two film projects, KRAZY GIRLS (Audience Award Winner at Outfest) and COLOR ME GAY, (New York Comedy Short Film Festival). His work focuses on the LGBTQ community, and features drag queens extensively. In 1992 he moved to Los Angeles to appear in Jill Soloway’s production of The Real Live Brady Bunch, before continuing on a national tour of that show, including performances at The Kennedy Center and New York’s Village Gate.

INGRID ELIZABETH, Music

Ingrid Elizabeth (Eyen) is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and performer who is best known for her role as front-lady of sultry roots trio Coyote Grace. From 2006-2013 Coyote Grace released five albums, toured nationally as headliners and opened for such folk luminaries as the Indigo Girls and Melissa Ferrick. She is also the niece of Tony-winning Broadway writer Tom Eyen, best known for his smash musical, Dreamgirls. In 2006, Ingrid produced and starred in The Amazing Grace Revival, a queer vaudeville cabaret in Seattle. Other collaborations include: Sarah Bush Dance Project (SF dance troupe), The Vagina Monologues (Oakland cast), and Real Women Real Songs (songwriting project). Currently, she and her wife Tylan Greenstein are writing, recording, and performing nationally as Mouths of Babes; the duo’s debut full-length album Brighter In The Dark was released in February 2017 and is receiving international press and radio play.

TYLAN GREENSTEIN, Music

Tylan Greenstein is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and performer best known as a founding member of folk-pop trio Girlyman. For over a decade starting in 2001, Girlyman toured extensively both nationally and in Europe, selling out venues on the folk circuit and supporting legends such as Dar Williams and the Indigo Girls. Girlyman released five albums of original material as well as a live album and a comedy album; in addition, hundreds of official and bootleg live Girlyman recordings have circulated among fans. In 2013, Tylan released a critically-acclaimed solo album, One True Thing. The following year, along with her wife Ingrid, she wrote a song a week as part of the Real Women Real Songs project. The resulting material became the foundation for Mouths of Babes, their new Americana/folk duo. Mouths of Babes released an EP in 2014 and a full-length follow-up, Brighter In The Dark, earlier this year.

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July 16 – July 23: Jenny Giering and Sean Barry, What We Leave Behindwith underwriting support from Hal Aronow-Thiel and Pat Henry

Synopsis:

Illness changes us. More often than not, that change is a temporary one. We get sick; we recover. But what happens when we fail to recover? How do you live a life forever altered by illness, and who do you become as the familiar parts of that life fall behind? WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND is a courageous one-woman show exploring what it means to live a life reshaped by illness. The core of this story is autobiographical. The illness is Jenny’s; the adventures are Jenny and Sean’s. Our aim in baring these intimate parts of our lives is to create a piece of theatre that declares as fearlessly as possible that the ill cannot be reduced to their illness; that every one of us has had a life before—and hopefully will have a life after—the trials of our suffering, whatever their nature or cause.

Writer Bios:

JENNY GIERING, Music

Jenny Giering’s current commissions include Summerland (book by Sean Barry & Laura Eason, lyrics by Sean Barry) for Chicago Shakespeare Theater; and Alice Bliss (book by Karen Hartman, lyrics by Adam Gwon, directed by Mark Brokaw) for Playwrights Horizons. Her other scores include The Mistress CycleCrossing Brooklyn (produced by The Transport Group; Kleban Award for best libretto); Alice Unwrapped (commissioned by Premieres, Inc); Saint-Ex (2011 World Premiere at The Weston Playhouse Theater Company, Weston VT, Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theater Workshop, Sundance’s White Oak Workshop). Her incidental scores include The Tempest (Shakespeare Theater, directed by Ethan McSweeney), As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) Elizabeth Rex (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Silent Sky(Theaterworks/Palo Alto, written by Lauren Gunderson). She  began work on a one-woman musical “What We Leave Behind” at the Sundance Theater Institute’s Theater Makers Residency in 2016 and will continue its development at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat this summer. More info at: www.jennygiering.com.

SEAN BARRY, Book & Lyrics

Sean wrote the book and lyrics for SAINT-EX (music by Jenny Giering—Sundance Institute 2008 Theatre Lab, White Oak; 2010 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award; 2011 premiere, Weston Playhouse; 2012 York Theatre Company NEO [“New, Emerging, Outstanding”] Reading Series; 2013 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop). Sean’s fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Mississippi Review, Smoke, and Boston Review. He has been in residency at the Southampton Writers Conference, the Ucross Foundation, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, and the Johnny Mercer Writers’ Colony at Goodspeed, and was writer-in-residence at CAP21 in New York. Sean is at work on SUMMERLAND, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Jenny Giering, music) and WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND (Jenny Giering, music), which he developed in 2016 at the inaugural Theatre Makers Lab at the Sundance Institute in Utah. He is also the author of Cuttings, a novel.

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July 23 – July 30: Brett Ryback and Eric Ulloa, Passing Through, with lead support from The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund and underwriting support from Amy Faxon

Synopsis:

Upon graduating from college, Andrew finds himself at a crossroads in his life. He is desperate to find who he is, what he wants, and the common thread that binds us all together. With just a backpack of provisions and a recorder, he sets off on foot from Philadelphia to California in search of these answers amidst the rich diverse tapestry of America. Based on a true story, PASSING THROUGH is about regret, forgiveness, and the pursuit of true happiness.

Writer Bios:

BRETT RYBACK, Lyrics & Music

Brett Ryback is an actor, composer/lyricist, and playwright based in LA. He is the 2016 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award. Works include: Joe Schmoe Saves the World (NAMT, ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop); The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter (“Best Musical,” Pasadena Weekly); and Darling (Weston Playhouse New Musical Award). His award-winning plays Weïrd and A Roz By Any Other Name are both published in “The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008.” He is a multi-year resident of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed. As an actor he originated the role of Marcus Off-Broadway in Murder for Two, and has performed at numerous regional theatres including The Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, and Geffen Playhouse. Film/TV appearances include Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, and Hail, Caesar! He created the online accompanist site PlayThisForMe.com, and he teaches musical theatre at the University of Southern California. www.brettryback.com

ERIC ULLOA, Book

Eric Ulloa is the book writer of PASSING THROUGH, which was a part of the Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed Musicals in 2015 and 2016. Eric is also the book writer of MOLLY SWEENEY: A MUSICAL, based on the play by Brian Friel, which recently played the Bay Street Theatre Festival of New Works. Eric is the author of the play, 26 PEBBLES which had its world premiere this past winter at The Human Race Theatre Company. 26 PEBBLES was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine and The New York Times and is currently scheduled for numerous productions throughout the country.

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July 30 – August 6: Jeff Talbott and Will Van Dyke, Seven Broken Hearts, with lead support from Alec Stais and Elissa Burke

Synopsis:

Seven Broken Hearts is a little musical about the big things:  learning to love and finding a place in a world that’s working overtime to keep anything from happening.  Samantha (Sam) Walker and Dennis (Denny) Clark are best friends – two kids making their way through the endless boring days of their small-town life in Wyoming.  They’re both seeing guys they aren’t sure about, so they make the leap and leave. As their adventures take them through some hard-won growing-up years, with relationships going down like the Titanic, their friendship hits the iceberg, too.  They eventually land, separately, in New York City, slightly less lost, but also slightly less hopeful.  They’re inching forward, but the question is:  can they really figure any of it out?  Only time will tell.

Writer Bios:

WILL VAN DYKE, Lyrics and Music

Will Van Dyke most recently penned the score for the Off-Broadway play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby. Other compositions include Writing Kevin Taylor (Village Theatre), Winnie the Pooh, KIDS (Disney), The Lion King Experience (Disney). Currently in development: Magnificent Climb (with Rick Elice), Imagine Harry, and Wintersong (with Jeff Talbott), as well as a theatrical adaptation of his album Chasing the Day.  As a Music Director, Will currently works on Kinky Boots.  Other credits include the Off-Broadway revival of RentThe Addams FamilyGrease, and Wicked. Will orchestrated Andrew Lippa’s shows The Life of the Party and The Man In The Ceiling.  His albums, Chasing the DayWriting Kevin Taylor (2013 Concept Recording), and an EP with Jeff Talbott, A View of the River are available wherever digital music is sold. With Annaleigh Ashford he helped to create and Music Directed her show and recording Lost in the Stars (MAC nomination). With Matt Doyle, Will co-wrote and produced his albums DaylightConstantMake the Season Bright, and Uncontrolled.  www.willvandyke.com

JEFF TALBOTT, Book & Lyrics

Jeff Talbott’s plays include The Submission (MCC Theater (word premiere), winner of the Laurents/Hatcher and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Play); The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (TACT (world premiere); i (workshop – Pioneer Theatre [world premiere January 2018]), Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors (commissioned by Montclair State University  [world premiere April 2018]), Three Rules for the Dragon (2017 O’Neill Finalist, workshops – Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Colt Coeur and Premiere Stages), A Public Education(2015 O’Neill finalist; workshops – Pioneer Theatre,  TACT), How to Build a City (workshops –TACT, Route 66), Elliot (readings – Crowded Outlet, MCC Theater), and All the Stars in the Midnight Sky (workshops/readings – MCC, TACT).  He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke:  Imagine Harry (2017 O’Neill Finalist, NAMT 2015), Wintersong (2016 Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Colony) and Seven Broken Hearts.  They have released an EP (A View of the River) and a single (A New Year featuring Annaleigh Ashford).  Jeff graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama.  www.jefftalbott.com

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August 6 – August 13: Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel, One Way, with underwriting support from Jacqui and Lew Rose

Synopsis:

Naomi, a young Canadian astrophysicist, is selected as a finalist to go on the first one-way trip to Mars. Hundreds of thousands have applied through Fourth Planet, a private company, and only fifty remain in the running. Naomi’s partner, Elaine, struggles to understand why the mission is worth a human life. Naomi must choose: venture to Mars in the name of scientific advancement and human exploration or remain here on Earth to be with the woman she loves.

Writer Bios:

BEN BONNEMA, Book & Music

Ben Bonnema is a composer-lyricist and recipient of a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant by the American Theatre Wing. He wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim’s PETER PANIC, a musical video game that’s been played by over a half million people (developed by James Marion).  His slumber party musical, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, was called “heart-healing musical theatre” by Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Other full-length: ONE WAY, with Christopher Staskel (reading at Playwrights Horizons), THE APPLE BOYS with Jonothon Lyons (Dixon Place), and THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk’s award winning show SLEEP NO MORE and supplied additional orchestrations for Ana Gasteyer’s album I’m Hip. Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is currently Marc Shaiman’s music associate. www.benbonnema.com

CHRISTOPHER STASKEL, Book & Lyrics

Christopher Staskel is a musical theatre lyricist-librettist who lives and works in New York City. His work has been performed at Playwrights Horizons, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Brooklyn Lyceum, Galapagos Art Space, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. He holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Full-lengths include: ONE WAY (music/co-book by Ben Bonnema), which received a reading at Playwrights Horizons directed by Kirsten Sanderson (First Daughter Suite); THE FIREBIRD (music by Lisa Whitson Burns); and SHADES OF WAYNE (music by Burns), currently in development at the Musical Theatre Factory. He was a 2015 Kleban Prize Finalist and a winner (with Max Mamon) of NY City Center’s 2014 Sondheim Remix contest, which granted him the surreal opportunity to rap for Stephen Sondheim. www.christopherstaskel.com

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August 13 – August 20: Stacey Luftig and Phillip Palmer, Saving Amelia, with lead support from The Frederick Loewe Foundation

Synopsis:

Jackie Cochran, the beautiful, ambitious, cussing-and-drinking aviatrix who earned more records in aviation than any pilot in history, wants to be the fastest pilot in the world. Her friend Amelia Earhart, out for adventure and to prove that women can do it all, has her sights on a flight around the world. But Jackie begins to suspect that Amelia doesn’t have what it takes for this mission. While Amelia is aiming for the future, Jackie, haunted by a tragic past, races against time to keep Amelia safely on the ground. Based on the real-life pioneers who changed the face of aviation, and along the way, feminism, Saving Amelia is a musical that sings of the relationships that sustain us, destroy us, and change us forever.

Writer Bios:

STACEY LUFTIG, Lyrics & Libretto

Stacey Luftig was awarded the 2016 Kleban Prize and, with composer Phillip Palmer, received the 2015 Fred Ebb Award and the 2017 Jerry Bock Award for her lyrics for My Heart Is the Drum. Stacey’s lyrics and monologue were featured Off Broadway and on tour in That’s Life (Outer Critics Circle nomination). She wrote book/lyrics for Understood Betsy (Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Playwriting Award, National Children’s Theatre Festival Award). Story of an Hour, her operetta, premiered with Portland Chamber Orchestra, and her play Jinxed, an O’Neill NPC Finalist, won first place and audience favorite at Dayton Playhouse FutureFest. Stacey has also written animated television episodes for Pinky Dinky Doo, produced by the Sesame Workshop. A five-time fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), she is a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. www.staceyluftig.com

PHILLIP PALMER, Music

Phillip Palmer is the winner of the 2015 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting and the 2017 BMI Jerry Bock Award (with lyricist Stacey Luftig) as well as a finalist for the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for My Heart Is the Drum, his first musical. Drum received its world premiere at Village Theatre in 2016, and was developed at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, the Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Kent State University, and the BMI Lehman-Engle Musical Theatre Workshop. Mr. Palmer wrote the music for The Weatherman (book and lyrics by Alisa Klein Hauser, Clear Space Productions, and Network One-Act Festival). His dance compositions Three Miniatures and Tango have been choreographed and performed at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the ImageMovementSound Festival in Rochester, NY. www.myheartisthedrum.com

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August 20 – August 27: Kate Douglas and Shayfer James, The Seven Who Were Hanged, with lead support from Rick Farrar and Jeff Zadroga, in honor of Maestro Jack Lee

Synopsis:

The Seven Who Were Hanged is the story that began WWI. Based on the fearless political novella believed to have inspired the assassins of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, this musical recounts the stories of seven criminals awaiting their death sentences: five revolutionaries who conspired to assassinate a politician and two murderers. It is an equalizing and intimate portrait of the seven facing their fate that investigates what unites us rather than what divides us.

Writer Bios:

KATE DOUGLAS, Music, Book & Lyrics

Kate Douglas is a theatre artist who seeks to challenge audiences about the limits of their world and empower them to make change. Her musicals and concert plays have been performed at Ars Nova, The McKittrick Hotel and Joe’s Pub by vocalists such as Todd Almond, Shaina Taub, Grace McLean and Kiah Victoria. She is a Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project Fellow and one of New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 2016 Women of Note. She currently works as Associate Artist and performer at Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.

SHAYFER JAMES, Music, Book & Lyrics

Shayfer James is an internationally touring songwriter, theatrical composer, producer and performer. He has composed, co-created and performed devised theater in Iceland, London, NYC, and Jersey City. Most recently, Shayfer contributed an original score for the film Psychopaths, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Shayfer has independently released five original LPs/EPs since 2010 and has performed his music at major music festivals and events in New Orleans, NYC, Miami, Austin, and Hong Kong. Shayfer is also the creator of a collaborative arts project called March of Crows, through which he initiates complex artistic conversations across various mediums and donates project proceeds to charities benefiting abused women.
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August 27 – September 3: Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, Eric Hermannson’s Soul, with lead support from Peter Risafi and Steven Wheeler

Synopsis:

In an old schoolhouse on the Nebraska prairie, the leader of a religious sect and his congregation goad a young man, Eric Hermannson, into giving up his sinful ways as the meanest fiddler and wildest trouble-maker on the Divide in favor of a devoutly religious existence. He smashes his fiddle into pieces, giving himself to God. Two years later, siblings from the East, Margaret and Wyllis Elliott come to visit the prairie.  Margaret is fascinated by Eric, and as their relationship grows into something more than friendship, Lena, a former lover of Eric’s, arrives on the scene.  Eric must choose between his religious convictions, a life with Lena, or what lies out in the great beyond with Margaret. Based on the short story by Willa Cather.

Writer Bios:

CHRIS MILLER, Music & Book

Tuck Everlasting (Broadway 2016); The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard Theatre, Lucille Lortel Nominee Best Musical 2011); Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk Nominee); all three of which have cast albums available at itunes and Amazon. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Barrington Stage Company). Television: songs for Sesame Street, Elmo’s World & The Electric Company. Incidental music: The Whipping Man (Actor’s Theater of Louisville); Anna Christie (Old Globe, San Diego); Co-composer with Michel Friedman, the first NY revival of Angels in America (Signature Theatre, NY). Upcoming with lyricist Nathan Tysen: commissions from Lincoln Center Theatre & Playwrights Horizons/TheatreWorks, Palo Alto; Additionally, the book, music & lyrics for Ravello (Signature Theatre (VA) American Musical Voices Project), & a song cycle based on the poetry of Willa Cather entitled Prairie Songs. Proud Graduate of Elon University and NYU.

NATHAN TYSEN, Lyrics & Book

Broadway: Amélie (with composer Dan Messé, Drama League nomination), Tuck Everlasting (with composer Chris Miller; Outer Critics & Drama League nominations). Off-Broadway: The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons & Vineyard Theatre; Lucille Lortel nomination), Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk nomination), Stars of David. Regional: Stillwater (Kansas City Rep with band Joe’s Pet Project), The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Barrington Stage Co.), and two circuses for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey. TV: Sesame StreetElmo’s World, and The Electric Company. Awards from the Kleban, Ebb, Rodgers, and Larson Foundations. Writer and director for Lovewell Institute, creating original musicals with young adults. MFA NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, BFA Missouri State Univ. Husband to writer Kait Kerrigan, father to Lucy. nathantysen.com

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