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 stirring musical drama about letting go of the past and coming home to the most unfamiliar of places: ourselves.
History of Development
XY was presented at the 2017 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop moderated by Stephen Schwartz, Michael Weiner and Joe DiPietro. Aria Entertainment produced a public staged reading of XY at The Other Palace Theatre in London as part of the From Page to Stage Festival. I am developing the piece in the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program with director and creative developer Hunter Bird, where we have received instruction from Michael Korie, Lawrence O'Keefe, Ahrens & Flaherty, Joe DiPietro, Kristen & Bobby Lopez, Kent Nicholson, and Pasek & Paul, and personal mentorship from Stephen Schwartz. We have developed the piece in the Musical Theater Factory Writers Group and the 2018 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. XY will be included in the 2018 Ball State University Discovery Musical Theatre Festival, the upcoming "Bound for Broadway" concert at Merkin Hall and an artist residency at the Ucross Foundation. We received a grant to develop XY at the New York SongSpace and presented a reading at SongSpace in March 2018.