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

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 become internet-famous as an activist musical duo, and they embark on their first national tour across America. Their political and personal music touches Henry, a transgender teenage boy living in a small Kentucky town, and he finds solace in their art as he struggles with his own identity and family. Henry becomes a video blogger and documents his own gender journey. He sets out on a quest to meet his heroes in person, hoping to find answers to his own struggles. Interstate is a touching story about how two transgender people at different stages of their journey navigate love, family, masculinity, and finding a community in the era of social media.

New York Musical Festival 2018, Space on Ryder Farm selection, Musical Theater Factory residency 2018, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundworks Residency at the IRT, 29 Hour reading at Studio 353, Project Reach workshop, Dixon Place staged reading;

Forthcoming: Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship 2018/19; Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed Musicals 2019

Reviews

“Interstate” Is a Glorious ‘Pop-Rock Musical’ About Inclusivity, Queer and Trans Community, and the Open Road
Village Voice

The words do not shy away from the mental drudgery it takes for a queer Asian person of color to play deferent against bigotry and cognitive dissonance on whether to react or stay quiet in situations beyond control. In the hands of heteronormative maker, the material would be heavy-handed, but told by queer voices the musical is aptly heavy with feels.
Diva Gals Daily

Interstate is sustained by a generous spirit of inclusivity toward all queer people, artists and otherwise, trying to fully express themselves even as they're trying to figure themselves out.
Theater Mania