XY is an original musical that follows Chris, an intersex man who is raised as a girl for the first eleven years of his life. At 26 years old Chris is a lonely fitness instructor who has transitioned back into being a man and resists all personal contact. He is estranged from his mother and is haunted by memories of his female ten-year-old self, Christine. Chris’s feelings of unworthiness drive him to romantically pursue Nuni, one of his female workout students, in an attempt to prove his masculinity to himself. As Chris is challenged to become more vulnerable in the relationship and begins to develop feelings for Nuni, his memories, which follow Christine’s attempt to assert his male identity despite his mother’s insistence that he is a girl, haunt Chris with increasing intensity.
XY is a musical drama about letting go of the past and coming home to the most unfamiliar of places: ourselves.
History of Development
XY was selected for the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Conference (NAMT) in 2018. I have developed the piece in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop (Moderated by Stephen Schwartz, Michael Weiner and Joe DiPietro), the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, the Ball State University Musical Theater Festival, the Musical Theater Factory Writers Group, a a residency at the Ucross Foundation and through a grant from the New York SongSpace. Aria Entertainment produced a public staged reading of XY at The Other Palace Theatre, and the show was selected for the upcoming “Bound for Broadway” concert at the Kaufman Center in NY. I am developing XY with one of my favorite partners in crime, director and creative developer Hunter Bird.