In light of #Rent20, poet Kit Yan and Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer Melissa Li talk about “Interstate,” their new musical about a queer Asian band traveling across the U.S. inspired by touring the country with their band, Good Asian Drivers.
Melissa Li is a composer, lyricist, and performer. She is a Jonathan Larson Award winner, whose most recent musical “99% Stone” (The Theater Offensive), about the 1969 Stonewall riots, received an NPN Creation Fund and a NEFA Grant. Her first musical, “Surviving the Nian” (The Theater Offensive), won an IRNE award for Best New Play in 2007. Melissa has released music both as a solo artist and collaboratively. including her solo album “2 Seconds Away” in 2008, then “Drive Away Home” in 2009 as part of rock-poetry band Good Asian Drivers. After forming her own pop/rock outfit Melissa Li & The Barely Theirs, the band released “The Beginning” in 2011. She is proud to be from Boston, and proud to live in Brooklyn.
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