On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Melissa Li and Abe Rybeck
Jonathan Larson Grants - 2007
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. She is currently writing her third full-length musical Interstate with poet Kit Yan and director Jessi D. Hill.
Melissa has released music both as a solo artist and collaboratively. First, she released her solo album 2 Seconds Away in 2008, then as part of rock-poetry band Good Asian Drivers, she released Drive Away Home in 2009. 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.