Dramatist Guild Fellowship

About this project

Book, Music and Lyrics by Oliver Houser
Developed with Hunter Bird

Chris can’t shake Christine. She’s with him everywhere he goes, staring back when Chris looks in the mirror. But when Chris falls in love, the divide starts to blur. XY is a stirring musical drama about letting go of the past and coming home to the most unfamiliar of places: ourselves.

XY follows Chris, an intersex man struggling with how he sees himself and his relationship to his past and present gender. In an attempt to prove his masculinity, Chris starts a relationship only to find his younger female self rushing to remind him of the dangers of opening himself up to others.

Development History

XY was presented at the 2017 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop moderated by Stephen Schwartz, Michael Weiner and Joe DiPietro, and 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. Currently being developed with the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, the Musical Theater Factory Writers Group, and the 2018 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.

Copyright © 2017 Hunter Bird