Ryback and Ulloa’s new show PASSING THROUGH was one of 9 new musical selected for development at this summer’s Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.
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For nine consecutive weeks beginning July 2, each writing team will have a weeklong residency in the Hudson Valley, two hours north of New York City, to write their new musical.
Writers pay nothing to participate in Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, which takes no percentage of future royalties, and donors cover all the writers’ costs. Each writing team lives in a private home and is provided transportation, food, and a $500 stipend.
The 9 musicals were selected from 113 applications by a panel of new musical experts: Kent Nicholson of Playwrights Horizons, Donna Lynn Hilton of Goodspeed Musicals, Kurt Deutsch of Sh-K-Boom Records, Jason Eagan of Ars Nova, Mara Isaacs of Octopus Theatricals, Playwright Darrah Cloud, and Robert Zukerman, formerly Director of Theatre at NYSCA.
PASSING THROUGH will receive lead support from The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund and underwriting support from Amy Faxon.
PASSING THROUGH tells the story of Andrew, a young man who finds himself at a crossroads in his life, and decides to walk from Pennsylvania to California, seeking advice. Through the stories he hears from people he meets along the way, he begins to uncover and confront his own painful past, which has lead him to this journey. Set to the musical tapestry of America, PASSING THROUGH is a story about regret, forgiveness, and the pursuit of true happiness.
Created in 2011, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides a sanctuary for musical theatre writers to develop their musicals in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Past writers include Kirsten Childs, Michael Friedman, Adam Gwon, Joe Iconis, Itamar Moses, Duncan Sheik, and Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Rhinebeck musicals have had productions at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in The Park, Barrington Stage, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Old Globe, and The Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference.
For more information, visit www.rhinebeckwriters.org.