As a young teenager, Lissy Rose became fascinated with a play about two Irish sisters who immigrated to America. It was written by a mentor and inspired her to begin writing her own play. \u201cI become so intrigued with my story I locked myself in my room until I wrote it down,\u201d she said. \u201cI would write every night.\u201d Now, at age 20, Rose is overseeing a production of her play at the Fairfield Theatre Company on June 30 to benefit a local nonprofit organization that helps people with special needs. The play, \u201cA Deadly Game of Chess,\u201d is set in London in 1938 and focuses on best friends Robyn and Anton. Robyn returns home from an extended trip to discover her best friend\u2019s perfect life is a facade. \u201cUnearthed secrets launch the two manipulative personalities into a deadly mind game in which their friends become their pawns,\u201d according to publicity material. In addition to writing the play, including the music, Rose is the director and producer. It will be the first work by Rose, who goes by the pen name \u201cMelody Rose\u201d as a playwright, to reach the stage but likely won\u2019t be her last. \u201cI want to write and produce professionally,\u201d she said. \u201cI want to be the kind of writer that changes lives and people study in school. I\u2019m not talking about being rich and famous, but about helping people look at the world in a different way.\u201d She\u2019s essentially self-financing the professional production, which features four actors as well as a music director, choreographer, costume maker, stage crew and publicist. Some of those involved are her friends, but others are young professionals beginning their theatrical careers. Rose works multiple jobs to help fund the project, including at a Westport bar, a Ridgefield taco restaurant and being a nanny for a local family. \u201cThe show, in a way, became my salvation,\u201d she said, explaining she\u2019s faced some health issues. \u201cIt was a way I could feel productive and not be sitting around feeling sorry for myself.\u201d Rose lives in Wilton and is a 2017 Wilton High School graduate. Her parents\u2019 musical and design interests were an influence while growing up. \u201cI was raised on The Beatles,\u201d she said. She became involved in acting at a young age at Norwalk\u2019s Crystal Theatre, performing in 30 shows over 15 years with the children\u2019s theatrical troupe that specializes in original productions. She toured Budapest with the theater in 2017 as part of the original cast of \u201cHungarian Nights.\u201d Cheryl Kemeny, Crystal Theatre artistic director and co-director, wrote the original play about immigrants that intrigued Rose when younger, called \u201cEllis Island Trilogy.\u201d It became a basis for the play Rose would work to refine and finalize during her teenage years, although Rose\u2019s script eventually went in a different direction. Kemeny said Rose became interested in play structure as a child acting at the theater. \u201cShe\u2019s a good actress but she really gravitated to writing,\u201d Kemeny said. \u201cShe\u2019s a very creative person and driven to achieve. These are very important factors in becoming a writer. You have to be a self-starter, and she is.\u201d Rose said she prefers to be in the background rather than always being on stage. \u201cI don\u2019t need to perform,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019m happy to watch my work.\u201d After high school, Rose attended college in Chicago before deciding to return to Connecticut. Along with her job and theatrical obligations, she takes classes at New York University in script-writing, music composition and history. She loves learning about history, an interest piqued as a child by watching a time-and-space travel podcast that highlights famous historical figures. She\u2019s working on making an animated web series about John and Abigail Adams, which she described as a historically accurate sitcom about the loving relationship between the country\u2019s second president and his feminist wife. She\u2019s already written many episodes and is lining up an animation studio and voice actors. She\u2019s written a short movie script about a pair of sisters living on opposite sides of the Potomac River during the Civil War and is working on another story based on the King Phillip\u2019s War involving Native Americans and New England colonists in the late 1600s. Rose certainly has no shortage of ideas and uses self-motivation to keep pushing forward. \u201cNothing is going to happen unless you make it happen,\u201d she said. Her webpage on backstage.com, a site for people in the entertainment industry, describes her as someone \u201cwho\u2019s passionate about all things theater and won\u2019t sleep until she gives 110%.\u201d Rose said it\u2019s likely her eventual career will be in theater, films or television, and perhaps even involve video games or radio. She wants the people around her to be as committed to a mission as herself. \u201cWorking with people who are passionate means they won\u2019t let you down,\u201d Rose said. Peyton Matik, 17, of Wilton has been Rose\u2019s friend for about a half-dozen years and is the upcoming play\u2019s music director. They met while acting together at the Crystal Theatre. \u201cShe\u2019s so incredibly driven and determined,\u201d Matik said of Rose. \u201cShe\u2019s one of the most creative people I\u2019ve ever met.\u201d All proceeds of \u201cA Deadly Game of Chess\u201d will go to Circle of Friends, a Norwalk-based group that provides social experiences to children, teens and young adults with autism and disabilities. The play will be performed Sunday, June 30, at 4 p.m. at FTC in Fairfield. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and available at www.fairfieldtheatre.org. Play information is available at www.adeadlygameofchess.com.