Starblasters Music & Lyrics by Benjamin Velez, Book by Katie Hathaway
About This Show
You’re nearing 30, back living with your parents, struggling at your local theme park job, and buried in debt. This isn’t your fault. The system is rigged against you, dammit!
Starblasters is about a generation raised to believe in opportunity only to come of age in a post-recession America where financial security feels beyond reach. With the park’s closure looming, five friends must face their struggles head on, or suffer from a life where their ability to dream is lost.
about the artists
Benjamin Velez is a composer,/lyricist, and Columbia graduate that wrote the 114th Annual Varsity Show. As a member of the BMI workshop, he was the 2012 Harrington Award winner. His work has been at the Yale Institute for Music Theater, Ars Nova, NAMT, NYMF, NEO, the Civilians, 4@15, Joe’s Pub, and the York Theater where his musical “Afterland” had a reading directed by Mark Brokaw. He was a 2017 Sundance Artist at the UCROSS Foundation.
Katie Hathaway is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her plays and musicals have been performed and developed at Ars Nova, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, New Dramatists, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Prelude Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe’s Pub, Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Institute, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Yale Institute For Music Theater. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow, New Georges affiliated artist, an alumna of Barnard College, and received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. She is also a music teacher at Saint Ann’s School.