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Interstate: A New Musical

York College Performing Arts Presents a presentation of excerpts from the musical Interstate, by Kit Yan and Melissa Li, hosted at York College.

"Interstate is a glorious ‘pop-rock musical’ about inclusivity, queer and trans community, and the open road.” -The Village Voice.

Join us in celebration of National Coming Out Month with musical theatre artists Melissa Li and Kit Yan, creators of the new musical, Interstate.

Interstate is one of several projects made possible through the generous support of New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Daniel Dromm (District 25).  These projects were funded through the 2019-2020 LGBTQ Programming grant for the five Queens CUNY campuses to implement LGBTQ themes focused programs. 

Free Tickets to Interstate

About the show and its writers/creators:

Kit Yan and Melissa Li are a Queer Asian-American musical theater writing team based in New York City. They are 2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows, MacDowell Colony Fellows, Lincoln Center Writers-in-Residence, and 2019-2020 Musical Theater Factory MAKERS. Their works include Interstate, which had its world premiere in March 2020 and won “Best Lyrics” at the 2018 New York Musical Festival, and MISS STEP, which was commissioned by The 5th Avenue Theater’s first draft program and won a 2019 Vivace Award from the Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation. Most recently, they completed a one-act musical called Cancelled, a commission by Keen Company. Their work has been supported by The 5th Avenue Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Weston Playhouse, NewYorkRep, Goodspeed Musicals Johnny Mercer Colony, The Village Theater, Musical Theater Factory, Dixon Place, and many others.

Individually, Kit’s solo shows Queer Heartache produced by the American Repertory Theater and Diversionary Theater. Recently, Kit’s Play written with Simone Wolff T(estosterone) has received a MAP Fund grant for development at the Artists’ Theater of Boston, and Kit’s has been commission at San Diego Repertory Theater to work on a new play entitled Mr. Transman. He is a current Many Voices Fellow at The Playwright’s Center.

Melissa is a Jonathan Larson Award recipient and a former Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow. Her first musical Surviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive) received the IRNE Award for “Best New Play” in 2007. Her work has been supported by the National Performance Network and the New England Foundation for the Arts.