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"You are worthy of love, worthy of life. And knowing that will set you free, there's nothing else you have to be. You are worthy to me."

 From the song "Worthy", from "The Hinterlands"



In the middle of nowhere, growing up gay is the worst.

Meet Paul. He’s 16. He’s into theoretical physics. He lives in the middle of nowhere. And he’s gay. Being a scrawny, queer science nerd practically makes him a bully magnet. And as the harassment piles up, Paul contemplates taking his own life. In THE HINTERLANDS, a six-part musical miniseries, Paul struggles to keep his head above water as he confronts intolerance, his sexuality and the rocky path of adolescence.

We wanted to respond to the issue of gay bullying in a way that would help kids like Paul understand that they're incredibly valuable members of our human community and that they are inherently worthy of love and compassion.  We decided to do what we do best - write a musical.  As storytellers and songwriters, we can ask questions, create empathy and make change.  By creating the character of Paul we believe we will be giving young people a person with whom they can relate and empathize.  By watching Paul's journey to discover how to cope with the day-to-day bullying he faces, teens can gain strength and be inspired to overcome their own obstacles. Yes, “it gets better” for gay youth who make it through their difficult childhood and teenage years, but The Hinterlands is our attempt to help all bullied young people find and embrace their own innate worthiness NOW, despite the onslaught of hatred they must survive every day. 

 A guiding factor in the creation of the Hinterlands as a musical web series – rather than a staged production – was our belief that kids need to be able to access a story like this from the safety of their own laptops, iPads and smart phones. And kids in the real hinterlands are the most in need of a project like this, as some communities are highly intolerant of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender kids.



The Hinterlands would not have been possible without generous donations from:

DeLona Allers, Michele G AnkrimMaura BarrChristine BatemanJenny BennettHeather & Alex BerryCharlie and MargieBicknellOfra BlochDanielle BoorLaura BottJeanieBourgeousMegan Bourgeous WhiteDavid BudingerJackie CaleLori CameronPamela Campi SpeeDavid ChiltonCatherine ChoDan CollinsJane CollinsNicholas CoreyShileah CoreyJamie CowperthwaitArlene CraneJeffrey CraneMark CraneNancy CraneAnnie M. CullRyan CunninghamKimberly DareSarah DavisJenny DeBowerGion DeFrancescoMichelle DeFrancoEdith DemasJared DembowskiLoretta Deranleau HowardNick DeSantisBeth & Chad DeVriesSherrill DrydenChristian DuhamelMichelle ElliottSandy and Ralph ElliottIris EltonSusan FitzgeraldAmy FowlerKatie FriisGary FullerSteve and Gail GantHillary GaultTimothy GlynnAmy GornetJodi GrahamJennifer GrajewskiDennis GriffithsJohn GrimmettSusan GurmanJared & Jenny HancockPaul HansenJennifer HarknessKat HennesseyBrooke HillsCassie HohnDiana HueyYoko HueySandy IvieAuston JamesRobin JamisonChad JenningsLisa JohnsonLea KaemererMelissa KaltJason & Loni KappusChristy KennyGavin KennyJanet KennySara KimmerleJen KingLaurie KingJill KlingeRoger KloreseBob KnuthFelice KuanDale & UnHui LarsenDanny LarsenDebra LevinCorinne LiegelChristopher D. LittlefieldPeter LockyerMary LongoZev LoweKeith MacDonaldBrett V MaciasRobert MaddockChristopher MarcacciRyan McCabeGalen McKayMike MendiolaScot AndersonOrville MendozaJay MielkeVanessa Miller McConaghySusan MillerMary Mitchell CampbellNatalie MoeJudy Ann MoultonBarbara MurphyJohn NettletonKathryne NickersonColleen NielsenAkiko OkadaSybille PearsonMargaret PehrsonCharissa & James PingenotHolly PotterPenny PurcellKat RamsburgMike ReidJames ReifJames RoccoShannon RussellSarah SchlesingerCari SchutzlerRon SchwizerSara ScoppLorraine A ScottMichael ShaiebBrent LordPatrick SheltonMel SilvermanTam P SneddonJamie SorensonErin SprowElizabeth StamIrene SteinerStone ProductionsElana StoryScott StrackMichelle SullivanCheryl ThiedeMichelle Thompson & Nick NeuJack VandeverFrank & Eliza VenturaHelen VoelkerJames F. VoelkerKevin VuongWendy WartesMichael WartofskyIra WeitzmanBillie WildrickMelinda WilsonChang Hsien Yu & Christopher Zinovitch


Also special thanks to:

The Calhoun SchoolThe Graduate Musical Theatre Writing ProgramThe Professional Performing Arts School of NYCBrian Cavanagh-StrongMarjorie DuffieldHannah Scarritt-SelmanSarah SchlesingerJulianne Wick DavisSusan GurmanBrian YorkeyCharles M. VassalloKyle Pleasant & Glynn Davis