The Civility of Albert Cashier

Book by Jay Paul Deratany; Music by Joe Stevens & Keaton Wooden; Lyrics by Joe Stevens, Keaton Wooden, & Jay Paul Deratany

The astonishing true-story of a Civil War soldier whose life defied definition.

Albert Cashier fought for the Union, received honors, and retired to Illinois. Now 60, Albert begins to suffer from dementia - and as they slip between the past and the present, a life-long secret is discovered: Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers. 

Told with a driving Americana score, ALBERT CASHIER is a vital story for the contemporary American landscape — unearthed from history and ready to be seen by the world.

Running Time: 130 minutes

The Studio Theatre @ Theatre Row

Jay Paul Deratany (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Jay Paul Deratany (Book, Lyrics) is a GLAAD nominated writer and activist. Deratany’s earlier plays include Veronica (Victory Gardens), Two Grooms and A Mohel (Bailiwick Theater), and Haram Iran, for which he received a London Arts Counsel grant and a GLAAD award nomination for best theatrical writing in California. He is also the author of the feature films Saugatuck Cures (Cinema Diverse Film Festival, Palm Springs; QFlix Film Festival, Philadelphia & REELING 32 Film Festival, Chicago) and Foster Boy, currently in production. Deratany continues to be an advocate for global LGBT youth rights and built a career in Chicago as one of the top 100 lawyers in the country and human rights advocate.
 


Joe Stevens (Music, Lyrics)

Joe Stevens is originally from Sacramento, CA, received a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and has been touring and wandering the U.S.A. for the last ten years. Stevens’ music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. Between 2006 and 2012 Stevens’ first band, Coyote Grace released five well-loved albums and toured across the country with INDIGO GIRLS and others. Stevens released his first solo album “Last Man Standing” in 2014 and his current project is “Songs of the People,” where Stevens writes songs based on interviews with willing folks.
 


Keaton Wooden (Music, Lyrics)

Keaton Wooden (Music, Lyrics) is a Rhodes and Emmy nominated writer, producer, and director. Films include “Vibrations,” following the Indiana School for the Deaf as they create a performing arts troupe (PBS) and NightLights (Lifetime Movie Network). Wooden is a proud member of theatrical producing firm Chicago Commercial Collective. A Rhodes nominee, Wooden studied at the University of Oxford England and has traveled the world on humanitarian missions. He has presented research on his experience in the entertainment industry and the humanities at the University of Oxford England, Kingston University, IFP Chicago, Wheatstone Academy, and the Screen Actors Guild.