Interstate

Book and Lyrics by Kit Yan & Melissa Li; Music by Melissa Li

Goodbye former life and hello open road!
 
Interstate is an Asian-American pop-rock poetry musical about Dash, a transgender spoken word performer and his best friend Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter. Together, they are Queer Malady, an internet-famous activist band on their first road trip across America. Their political and personal music inspires Henry, a transgender teenage vlogger living in small-town middle America, to set out on a quest to meet his heroes in person, hoping to find answers to his struggles.
 
Running Time: 120 minutes
 
The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row
Kit Yan

Kit Yan (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Kit Yan is an award-winning Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Kit’s work has been produced by the American Repertory Theater, the Smithsonian, and Dixon Place among many others. They have been a Civilians resident, WP/Public theater translab fellow, with forthcoming residencies at the Village Theater and Space on Ryder Farm. Kit’s first musical INTERSTATE written with Melissa Li will open at the New York Musical Festival this summer.


Melissa Li

Melissa Li (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Melissa Li is a composer, performer and writer. She is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award and a Queer|Art|Mentorship fellow. Musicals include SURVIVING THE NIAN (The Theater Offensive, IRNE Award for Best New Play 2007), 99% STONE (The Theater Offensive), and INTERSTATE (New York Musical Festival). Her works have received support from the National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, Dixon Place, terraNOVA Collective, The Village Theater, and Musical Theater Factory, among others. She would like to send special love and thanks to her family, and Stephanie Najjar for their undying support.


Jessi D. Hill (Director)

Credits include: New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, The Playwrights’ Center, Primary Stages, Labyrinth, The Women’s Project, 59E59, P73, The New Group, Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, terraNOVA Collective, Culture Project, Musical Theatre Factory, The Barrow Group, PS122, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, and The Wild Project. She has directed and taught in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center/NTI, The Atlantic School, Playwrights Horizons and others. Her work has been seen internationally in Edinburgh, London, New Zealand, Berlin and Hamburg. MFA: Yale. Member SDC. Current projects: www.jessidhill.com


Nicole Kwan (Producer)

Nicole Kwan is a health/wellness editor, reporter, and writer who's never gotten over performing in Annie in second grade with her ballet company. A graduate of Northwestern University, the NC native with Hawaii roots is honored to help bring INTERSTATE to NYMF. This is her producing debut. Thank you, Kit & Melissa! 


Mark Gagliardi (Producer)

Mark Gagliardi is excited to be producing his first show at NYMF. He is currently a Marketing Analyst in Boston. He graduated with his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Hartt School (University of Hartford), and recently received his MBA in Marketing and Analytics from Babson College. A big THANK YOU goes to his family for being amazing. You can follow his indulgent foodie, boozy, and theatrical adventures on Instagram at @mxgagliardi2.



Theresa Perkins (Producer)

Theresa Perkins is an investment management lawyer and theatre critic who is thrilled to be making her producing debut at NYMF with Interstate! Theresa received her J.D. from Boston University and holds a B.S. in Political Science from Truman State University. She is incredibly grateful to her wonderful family for making theatre an important part of her life at a very young age and for supporting her obsession ever since.



Jessica Chen (Choreographer)

Jessica Chen is a choreographer, teacher and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and continued her dance training at The Ailey School. Her work has been supported by LMCC, Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Jerome Foundation. Choreography credits include Off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theater, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, TEDx Semester at Sea and Shanghai World Expo. Upcoming projects include choreographing Fiddler on the Roof at Timberlake Playhouse.WWW.JCHENPROJECT.COM



Stephanie Clark (Stage Manager)

Stephanie Clark (Production Stage Manager): New York: Goldstein (Actors Temple Theater); Fall River (Penguin Rep); The Rivals (New York Classical Theater); Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages); Regional: Greetings! (Pacifica Spindrift Players); Tour: Pinkalicious & Flight School (Vital Theatre Company); Two seasons with Chautauqua Theater Company. BFA from Adelphi University.



Sushma Saha

Sushma Saha (Henry)

Sushma couldn’t be more stoked to be part of this production! They want to thank their family and friends for always being supportive, Ithaca College for training her for the past two years, Melissa and Kit for writing this show that represents the future of theatre, and the entire team of Interstate! Credits: Victor - Cabaret (Ithaca College), Aunt Elegua - In the Red & Brown Water (Ithaca College), America - The Amish Project (OSH)



Angel Lin

Angel Lin (Adrian)

Angel Lin is an actor, musician and anything synonymous to the word “geek”. National Tour: Once (Emcee, u/s Girl), Kansas City Choir Boy (by Todd Almond, starring Courtney Love, A.R.T/C.T.G). Regional/NYC: Once (Paramount Theatre, Dir. Jim Corti), Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre, Dir. Hunter Foster), Stinky Cheese Man… (Atlantic Theater, Dir. Liz Swados). Workshops/Readings/Concerts: Interstate (MTF), KPOP! (Ars Nova), Burn All Night (TBD Theatrical), York Theater, Cherry Lane, The Civilians, McKittrick Hotel, among others. BFA: NYU Tisch. Love and gratitude to Melissa, Kit, Jessi, and the whole Interstate fam. www.angeldoesthings.com



Jon Viktor Corpuz

Jon Viktor Corpuz (Dash)

Jon Viktor Corpuz is a young actor and musician based in New York City. Broadway: The King & I (Prince Chulalongkorn - 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award). Other theater: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Patrick), Interstate (Dash - Musical Theatre Factory), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA, dir. Julie Taymor), The #BARS Workshop (The Public Theater), Godspell (Cast of 2032), Fall Springs (Cooper). Film/TV: Sanzaru(upcoming), The Detour (TBS), Flip the Record (Urbanworld Award), Midsummer (dir. Rodrigo Prieto). Appearances: The Tony Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, FOX Upfronts, The White House, 2016 Democratic National Convention, Barclays Center, Philippine Consulate, United Nations. Producing/Hosting: Airtime (50 Shades of Gay!). Jon attends NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. @jonviktorcorpuz



Esco Jouley

Esco Jouley (Ensemble/Carly)

Esco Jouléy is an actor, singer, dancer, and movement artist originally from Washington DC. NYC Credits: Soft Butter (Soft Butter/ Cold Butter, Galatea, Chorus), The Demise (Magic Theater Player), Beowolf (Warrior), Marisol (Angel), Fat Kid Rules the World (Pepper), Girl Shakes Loose (Luc), Room For Cream (Sidney). Regional Credits: Man of LaMancha (Sancho Panza), Unnecessary Farce (Bille Dwyer), The Three Musketeers (Porthos), The Marvelous Wonderrettes (Betty Jean), Legally Blonde (Pilar), Anything Goes (Purity). escojouley@gmail.com.



Michelle Noh

Michelle Noh (Ensemble/Mom)

Theatre: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (1st Tour), Solveig in Peer Gynt, A Funny Thing… Forum (EWP), World Premieres of Fireflow, Xanadu Live, The Good Ship Manhattan, Laura Comstock’s Bag-Punching Dog, In The Sherman Family Wax Museum (all in L.A.). TV: Grey’s Anatomy, 2 Broke Girls, Bad Judge, Mike Tyson Mysteries, One Big Happy, Benched, Lie to Me, How I Met Your Mother, ER, Brothers & Sisters. Film: Ibiza (Netflix). NYU Tisch, CAP21.



Andreas Wyder

Andreas Wyder (Ensemble/Chad)

Andreas Wyder is overjoyed to be bringing this incredible musical to life, after performing in its developmental lab through Musical Theatre Factory this past year. Favorite recent credits include: NATIONAL TOURS: How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Young Max) for 4 years, Peter Pan 360 (Nibs), Titanic the Musical (Bellboy), OFF-BROADWAY/NYC: Kerrigan/Lowdermilk's The Bad Years, workshop/reading of Carner and Gregor's TOAST, The Last Word (NYMF), REGIONAL: Mamma Mia! (Pepper), Next to Normal (Gabe). Recent nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama at the Indie Series Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Spread love!www.andreaswyder.com @AndreasWyder on Instagram.



Kiet Tai Cao

Kiet Tai Cao (Ensemble/Dad)

Kiet hails from Reno, NV, and is a Musician/Singer/Actor/Songwriter/Poet/Hip-hop dancer/Creator! Most recently, was in a new musical called The New World at the Bucks County Playhouse! Other theatre credits include: NEW YORK - Allegiance (Pre-Broadway Reading); Before and After (Columbia University); Oliver! (National Asian Artist Project). Alongside his theatre aspirations, Kiet also is passionate about Spirituality, imitating Michael Jackson's dance moves, and making whale noises. Check out his poetry on Instagram @CloserToKindness



Allison Linker

Allison Linker (Ensemble/Madison)

Hailed as "playful and appealing" by the New York Times, Allison Linker is a versatile actress and singer known for her creative and sincere portrayal of original characters in new musicals and plays. Notable roles include Albine (N Bonaparte), Teddy Reeves (Sybil: A Musical), and Judy Garland (Operation Ruby Slipper). Allison was also a member of the original cast of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She is a company artist at the Workshop Theatre and a graduate of Wellesley College. www.allisonlinker.com



Edward T. Morris (Scenic Design)

Edward T. Morris has designed for Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, LaMama, The Barrow Group, Goodspeed Opera House, Cherry Lane Theater, Opera Memphis, Princeton University, and Columbia University among many others. Education: BFA, University of Michigan; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Lecturer: New School for Drama. Member: United Scenic Artists Local #829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. Portfolio: www.edwardtmorris.com.



Deepsikha Chatterjee (Costume Design)

Deepsikha (Deeps) enjoys teaching design to a diverse student body at Hunter College. She grew up in India and got her MFA from Florida State University. She received the Best Costume Design Award at United Solo 2014 and in 2017. Her designs have been seen at Barnard College, Women’s Project, Pan Asia Repertory and NYMF in New York. She researches Indian dance and film costumes and has several grants and scholarly articles on these topics.



Jennifer J. Fok (Lighting Design)

Jennifer J. Fok (Lighting Designer) is a New York City based Lighting Designer for theatre and dance. Select designs have been seen at Lincoln Center Education, HERE, NCPA Beijing, Stella Adler, Queens Theatre In The Park, Company One , Flynn Space, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Theatre 167, Rattlestick, Wild Project, Bushwhick Starr, Jack, Martha Graham Studio, Colby College, Bates Dance Festival, among others. BFA in Production and Design from Ithaca College. www.cargocollective.com/fok



Fan Zhang (Sound Design)

Fan Zhang, theatre, film and installation sound designer/composer. Recent credits: Scissoring (Intar), The Ideal Obituary(The Tank), Tania In a Getaway Van(The Flea), One Footnote In History( New Ohio Theatre), Mecca Tales(The Sheen Center), Platonov(New Ohio Theatre), Speaking As Then (Columbia University), Salesman (RoughDraft Festival), Redeem( Cincinnati Ballet). She holds an MFA in Sound Design from Yale School of Drama. www.fanzhangsound.com