Michael R. Jackson is the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright and composer who created the musical A Strange Loop. He wrote the song book, music and lyrics for his “Big, Black, Queer-Ass American Broadway Show.” ASL, the hilariously biting and incisive musical satire, examines broader cultural issues of race, gender and class dynamics; desirability, self-loathing and sexual politics; generational traumas, the stories we tell ourselves, and the type(s) of stories Black creators are “allowed” to tell. Jackson, a Detroit, Michigan native, began crafting his opus nearly twenty years ago as a graduate student at New York University. His new musical, White Girl in Danger, riffs on the composer’s passion for soap operas (he interned at ABC's All My Children), and will make its world premiere in 2023. —T.T.