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Date & Time
November 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome. NEW ZOOM LINK (11/6)!

PLEASE USE THIS ZOOM LINK! (Updated 11/6, 12:10pm)

Meeting ID: 97850082604

In Conversation continues with a special performance of “INTERSTATE: an Asian American pop-rock musical” presented in collaboration with the Duke Music Department. Assistant Professor of Music Yun Emily Wang will introduce an abridged version of the musical including live performance on Zoom and footage from the full cast production, created by Kit Yan and Melissa Li.

“This show is for everyone who has ever looked for a sense of belonging. This show is for everyone.”
– Broadway World

About “Interstate”

“Interstate” is an Asian American pop-rock poetry musical that follows Dash, a transgender spoken word performer who becomes internet-famous along with his best friend Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter. Fueled by the allure of fame and a desire to connect with their community, the band embarks on a road trip across America for their first national tour. Their fiercely political and deeply personal music touches Henry, a transgender teenage boy living in small-town middle America, and he finds solace in their art as he struggles with his own identity and family. After blogging about the band and documenting his own gender journey, he decides to set 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.

“Interstate” is based on the true story of Good Asian Drivers, a Queer band that was active from 2008-2010. Learn more. 

Join program on Zoom, no advance registration required.

About In Coversation

This free online public conversation series is presented by Duke Arts and Duke Performances (Fridays at Noon, Oct 16 through Nov 13). Featuring faculty-invited visiting artists and artists from Duke Performances virtual Fall 2020 season.

Before life moved onto virtual platforms like Zoom, Duke Arts and Duke Performances hosted casual artist talks in Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center and in a variety of Durham community venues like the Pinhook and Cocoa Cinnamon. We miss these opportunities to connect with our audiences and artists, and we hope you’ll join us for this new venture.


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