The Body Politic

Book and Lyrics by Charles Osborne; Music by Leo Hurley

The Body Politic

at Peter Jay Sharp Theater  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm

One body...Two worlds...Transformed.

A transgender man from Afghanistan emigrates to North Carolina at the height of the Afghan War, in this explosive musical about a collision of cultures that redefines the American family. Iphis sees his world reflected through the contrasting lenses of a conservative foster parent, a drag queen roommate, a young student, and the fearless mother who raised him. THE BODY POLITIC became the first musical in American history to be performed for a State Legislature, when it was presented last year in protest of North Carolina's "bathroom bill."

Recommended for ages 13+

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

*This show has no intermission

Asher Dubin

Asher Dubin (Eugene)

Asher is truly honored to be telling such a timely, important story. He was most recently seen as Joshua in “The Babies” at St. Luke’s. Other favorite roles include: Hysterium (…Forum), Chef Louis (The Little Mermaid), and Margaret Mead (Hair). Thank you to the cast, creative team, and to my family for all that they do. Follow me @asherdubin



Samy El-Noury

Samy El-Noury (Iphis)

Samy el-Noury is an actor, puppeteer, and vocalist. He also works as the General Manager of Baltimore Annex Theater; and as a teaching artist for the Smithsonian. Samy is on the leadership team for the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, where he works in peer support and outreach for LGBTQ-identified youth. He lives in Baltimore, MD.



Laleh Khorsandi

Laleh Khorsandi (Roxana)

Laleh is so excited to be a part of this production. CA native, Laleh studied Drama at University of California, and voice with Eric Futterer. Favorite credits include Shrek, Legally Blonde (3D Theatricals) and Beauty and the Beast (Music Theatre West).



Yassi Noubahar

Yassi Noubahar (Young Iphis/Michael)

Yassi Noubahar is thrilled to be apart of this important production. Recent credits : Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music, and Hatched @ 54 Below. Pace MT '19. For Baba.



Tina Scariano

Tina Scariano (Constance)

Off-Broadway/NYC: Death for Five Voices (Maria, Prospect), Lysistrata (Ismenia/Peace, Two Headed Rep) DuBarry Was A Lady (Musicals Tonight!).Utah Shakespeare Festival: Into the Woods (Cinderella), Les Miserables (Cosette), Henry IV pt I (Lady Mortimer). Member of “A Band Called Honalee” a tribute to Peter, Paul and Mary.  BFA in Musical theatre from Otterbein University. www.tinascariano.com



New opera adds its voice to debate on transgender rights - Boston Globe, May 2016

Opera at the legislature? LGBT law brings vocal message - Daily Mail, May 2016

Review: 'Body Politic' shines important light on humanity - The Daily Tar Heel, May 2016

A Day at The Transgender Opera in the North Carolina General Assembly-As a Trans Woman - Indy Week, May 2016

UNC School of the Arts grads bring transgender opera to NC legislature - The Charlotte Observer, May 2016

Transgender North Carolina Musical, THE BODY POLITIC, Announces Full Cast for NYMF Premiere - Broadway World

BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sessions Offers NYMF Sneak Peek! - Broadway World

9 Shows Not to Miss at This Year’s New York Musical Festival - Playbill

The best musicals to see at NYMF in 2017 (Part 1) - Time Out New York