The Civility of Albert Cashier is a folk/Americana musical with book by GLAAD nominated writer Jay Paul Deratany, music by Joe Stevens and Keaton Wooden (lyrics by Stevens, Wooden, and Deratany). Detailing the life of Civil War soldier Albert DJ Cashier, who fought for the Union in over 40 engagements. At the end of his when he retires to the Soldiers and Sailors home in Saunemin, Illinois, a life-long secret is discovered. Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers.

Causing an uproar in his small Midwestern town, Albert is put on trial for impersonating a soldier, requiring his fellow brothers in arms to return after sixty years to recount their years of service and heroism.

Cashier received a developmental run from August 31, 2017 to October 15, 2017 on Stage 773 in Chicago, after receiving workshops at The Chicago Musical Theater Festival at Victory Gardens, The Los Angeles LGBT Arts Center, and at the Marriott Theater in Chicago.

Cashier received high praise during its Chicago run, called "a gorgeous, noteworthy piece of theater that begs to be experienced" by Chicago Theatre Review, as well as being called "Flawlessly deployed," by NewCity Stage. The Chicago Tribune said it "Sings with real heart and force. After winning Best New Musical at the Chicago Jeff Awards, Albert was invited to do a reading at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Book by Jay Paul Deratany

Composed by Joe Stevens and Keaton Wooden

Lyrics by Joe Stevens, Keaton Wooden, and Jay Paul Deratany

Jay Paul Deratany as built a career in Chicago as one of the top 100 lawyers in the country and became a well-known human rights advocate as well as playwright and screenwriter. Deratany’s earlier plays include Veronica (Victory Gardens), Two Grooms and A Mohel (Bailiwick Theater), and Haram Iran, for which he received a London Arts Counsel grant and a GLAAD award nomination for best theatrical writing in California. He is also the author of the feature films Saugatuck Cures (Cinema Diverse Film Festival, Palm Springs; QFlix Film Festival, Philadephia & REELING 32 Film Festival, Chicago) and Foster Boy, currently in production. Deratany continues to be an advocate for global LGBT youth rights.


Joe Stevens. Originally from Sacramento, CA, received a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and has been touring and wandering the U.S.A. for the last ten years. Stevens’ music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. Between 2006 and 2012 Stevens’ first band, Coyote Grace, released five well-loved albums and toured across the country. Stevens released his first solo album “Last Man Standing” in 2014 and his current project is “Songs of the People,” where Stevens writes songs based on interviews with willing folks.

Keaton Wooden is a Chicago-based writer, producer and director. Films include “Vibrations,” following the Indiana School for the Deaf as they create a performing arts troupe (Emmy nomination) and NightLights (Lifetime Movie Network). Wooden is a proud member of theatrical producing firm Chicago Commercial Collective. A Rhodes scholar nominee, Wooden studied at the University of Oxford England and has travelled the world on humanitarian missions. He has presented research on his experience in the entertainment industry and the humanities at the University of Oxford England, Kingston University, IFP Chicago, Wheatstone Academy, and the Screen Actors Guild.

The astonishing true-story of a Civil War soldier whose life defied definition. Transformed into a new musical, more timely than ever.