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 (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, and Musical Theater Factory, among others. Upcoming residencies: SPACE on Ryder Farm and The Village Theater.

Jessi D. Hill (Director)

Credits include: new work at 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, The Wild Project, and others. She has been a director and teacher 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:

Nicole Kwan (Producer)

Nicole Kwan (Producer) 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.