TheatreWorks hosts a week-long Writers' Retreat every year to provide our family of artists the much needed time, space, and resources to refine the next draft of their new play or musical. 

 

2015

  • Jay Alvarez, Suzanne Bradbeer, and Gaby Gold worked on their musical Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! which they wrote in collaboration with Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera.
  • You Don’t Know Me, from Adam is a new musical by Daniel Maté. 
  • Max Vernon is developing a show called Show & Tell in the Civilians R&D group. 
  • James D. Sasser and Charles Vincent Burwell worked on their production of Le Comte Noir, or The Black Count, which is inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book from a few years ago called Black Count, about the life of Alexandre Dumas’ father.

2014

  • Tommy Newman and Gordon Greenberg worked on their new musical, Farewell my Concubine.
  • Hunter Bell, Hunter Bolin, and Lee Overtree worked on their new musical Found, which was inspired by the magazine of the same title. This magazine features numerous "found" items, including love letters, ticket stubs, birthday cards, all of which allow readers to peek into the lives of strangers. 
  • Lynne Kaufman and Alex Mandel worked on their musical, Picture Perfect: Normal Rockwell’s America.
  • Justine Levin worked on his script Bonfire Night in which a rousing band of repressed 17th century Englishmen, led by the radical Guy Fawkes, plot to bring their tyrannical monarch down with a bang! 
  • Peter Glazer and Tom Paxton worked on Citizen Tom Paxton. 
  • Peter Kellogg and Stephen Weiner worked on their musical The Rivals. 
  • Min Kahng worked on her Four Immigrants, his musical adaptation of The Four Immigrants Manga, which is an American-style comic book written and illustrated by Japanese immigrant Henry Kiyama over the span of 1904-1924.
  • Lauren Gunderson worked on Pemberly Christmas Project which is a Jane Austen Christmas play.
  • Free Speech Movement Musical is a new work with book by Joan Holden, songs/music by Bruce Barthol and Daniel Savio, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley. 
  • Dominic Orlando and Brian Carpenter worked on their musical Barbary Coast, about the criminal culture that thrived during the San Francisco Gold Rush.

June 2011/May 2012

TheatreWorks hosted playwrights Dan Dietz, Lauren Gunderson, Kait Kerrigan, Janine Nabers, and Peter Nachtrieb and composers Jenny Giering, Adam Gwon, Michael Jackson, Brian Lowdermilk, and Chris Miller to collabroate on a new musical. Concieved and written by all 10 writers, in conjunction with New Works Director Meredith McDonough. The team wrote a first draft in one week in June 2011 and returned in May 2012 to work on a second draft.

January 2011

  • Kara Lee Cothron and Justin Levine worked on a new musical commissioned by Naked Angels.
  • David Clement and playwright Kate Moira Ryan worked on their new musical Weathermen, a rock musical focusing on 6 months (1969-70) in the increasingly tumultuous story of The Weather Underground as they escalate their tactics (think: nudity, rock music, and pyrotechnics).
  • Playwright Jason Grote and composer Marisa Michelson worked on a musical adaptation of Jason's play Sheherazade. This musical was developed in Montclair State University's New Works Initiative and New Dramatists' PlayTime.
  • Mike Pettry and playwright Lila Rose Kaplan worked on a new musical based on the short story by George MacDonald, The Light Princess, wich is written for younger audiences, but is safe for adults as well.

January 2010

  • Nathan Tysen, Chris Miller, and Craig Wright worked on their TheatreWorks commission Molly's Delicious.
  • Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan started a new musical with Irish rock influence.
  • Indie band The Spring Standards (James Cleare, James Smith, and Heather Robb) worked with playwright Darcy Fowler on a new musical set in a highly theatrical world where consumerism reigns.
  • Playwright Matthew Lopez worked on the book for the upcoming musical of Mad Hot Ballroom.
  • Playwright Bathsheba Doran worked on the new draft of her play Kin.
  • Playwright and composer David Kirshenbaum started working on a new play.