Rhinebeck Writers Retreat: LOST CITY RADIO - Joel Perez & Benjamin Velez

Event date: 
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Oblong Books is happy to once again play host to Rhinebeck Writers Retreat for one of their Summer showcases. This event is free and open to the public. You'll enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with the writers, and hear a few songs from their new musical. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet talented writers and get an early peek at wonderful musicals.

RSVP Requested: Email rsvp@rhinebeckwriters.org



Benjamin Velez and Joel Perez

Norma is the on-air voice of consolation and hope for a country whose people are broken by war's violence with her radio show, Lost City Radio. In the aftermath of the decade-long bloody civil conflict, Norma’s own life is about to forever change—thanks to the arrival of a young orphan, Victor, who brings with him from the jungle a cryptic clue to the fate of Norma's vanished husband, Rey. Together, they embark on a journey that weaves in and out of their memories to piece together a puzzle of two psyches ripped apart by war.

Joel Perez (Book) is an award-winning actor and writer living in NYC. His theater work includes FUN HOME (Broadway), Kiss My Aztec! (La Jolla Playhouse) and SWEET CHARITY (New Group; Lortel Award). Screen work includes TICK, TICK… BOOM! (Netflix), Jesus Christ Superstar Live! (NBC), PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS) and ODD MOM OUT (Bravo). His writing includes The Black Beans Project (The Huntington Theatre), PLAYING WITH MYSELF (Ars Nova), The Church of the Holy Glory (Ars Nova ANTFest). His short film, “Beautiful, FL” is a selection of Disney Launchpad and will premiere on Disney+ in 2023. He received a WarnerMedia 150 Artist Grant for his comedy pilot “You’re Tired, You’re Poor”. He is the winner of the 2021 Miranda Family Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition for his play “From the Fountain”. He is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting from NYFA. Follow him at @misterjoelperez and visit www.misterjoelperez.com

Benjamin Velez (Music & Lyrics) is a composer/lyricist and Columbia graduate (114th Varsity Show), born and raised in Miami, FL. Proud member of the Advanced BMI workshop (2012 Harrington Award), his work has been at MTF, Ars Nova, NAMT, NEO, the Civilians, 4@15, and Joe's Pub. He was a Sundance Artist at the UCROSS Foundation, and his musical AFTERLAND, was developed at the Yale Institute for Music Theater and the York Theater. He developed STARBLASTERS at Dixon Place and at Manhattan School of Music in 2021. His musical BORDERLINE, won the 2018 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, and opened the 2019 O’Neill Musical Theater Conference. He was a 2018-2019 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow, the 2019 Fred Ebb Award Winner, a 2020 Thom Thomas Award winner, and a 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient. His musical KISS MY AZTEC, written with John Leguizamo, Tony Taccone, and David Kamp, had a reading at the Public Theater (2018), before premiering at Berkeley Rep (2019), followed by a run at the La Jolla Playhouse (2019) and Hartford Stage (2022). More information at www.BenjaminVelez.com

About Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

Created in 2011, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides a sanctuary for writers to develop their musicals in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Musicals first developed in Rhinebeck have been seen across the country, including at The Public Theater, Barrington Stage, Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company. Writers have won prestigious awards with work done at Rhinebeck, including the Fred Ebb Award, the Jonathan Larson Grant, and the Kleban Prize. All costs are covered by contributions, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support
of the Governor and New York State Legislature, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, Concord Theatricals, and The Noël Coward Foundation. www.rhinebeckwriters.org

Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck is a fully wheelchair-accessible space with on-site van-accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will not be used at this event but can be made available with advance notice. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@oblongbooks.com.