SYNOPSIS: A burnt-out party boy has his queer city life turned upside down when his estranged small-town best friend shows up at his door, pregnant and desperate for him to pretend to be the father to satisfy her scarily religious mother.A coming of age comedy about the length millennials will go to keep up appearances and start ‘adulting’ as thirty quickly approaches.
Created By: Cody Ray
Producer: Charlie David, Heidi Lynch
Writer: Mark Keller
Casting Director: Jesse Griffiths
Casting Assistant: Izad Etemadi
Start Date(s): Summer 2020
Shoot Location: Toronto
Rate: Paid, Non-Union – $300.00/day
[PATRICK] Male, 30s, any ethnicity. The love interest/romantic lead. Blind or partially sighted actor. After closing his heart in the past, Patrick is ready to start dating again and has taken interest in Mark after meeting at a Lamaze class. A nursing student, he is book smart with a heart of gold. In recovery. Comedic chops required. Actively seeking members from the LGBTQ+ community but open to all submissions.
[MARY] Female, 30s, any ethnicity. Small town, pregnant with a very religious mother. Terrified of never moving forward in life, Mary convinces her ex-best friend Mark to pretend to be her baby daddy. Coming up with a set of rules for Mark to follow, she is determined to get what she is owed while escaping the clutches of her religious Mother and small-town stagnation. Comedic chops required.
[DOROTHY] Female, 50s – 60s, any ethnicity. Mary’s mother. Ultra-religious, born-again Christian. In AA. Ashamed of the neglect toward Mary as a child, Dorothy is enthralled for her second chance to be motherly when Mary reveals she is pregnant. Overbearing and over-opinionated, she’s launched herself fully into the role of Grandmother. Nothing will come between her and the eternal soul of her grandchild. Comedic chops required.
[MARK] Male, 25-35, any ethnicity. An avid party-goer lost in the thumpa thumpa of the Toronto queer bar scene, and growing weary of it fast. His razor-sharp wit and sass covers his disdain for his current situation: Nearly 30, with nothing to show for it and stuck in a dead-end job. When his ex-best friend Mary offers a chance at grounding himself, he takes it. Comedic timing required. Actively seeking members from the LGBTQ+ community, but open to all submissions.
[KYLE] Male, 25-35, any ethnicity. Mark’s best friend in the city, Kyle lives life to the fullest. He’s impervious to hangovers and doesn’t want to waste a minute of his gay existence in the city. The life of the party, he is brash, unapologetic and fiercely loyal in his friendships.
Jensen Atwood was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. After time in the military he caught the acting bug and was featured in music videos for Destiny’s Child, Toni Braxton, Ashanti, Lil Mo, Heather Headley and Chante Moore-Kenny Latimore.
People started to sit up and take notice of the impossibly handsome Atwood. He played opposite Halle Berry, in Oprah Winfrey Presents Their Eyes Were Watching God and has become an audience favorite for his role of Wade on Noah’s Arc. Fans of the supernatural soap, Dante’s Cove can look forward to the temperature getting even hotter at the Cove when Jensen joined the cast for the third season.
Charlie David: You joined the cast of Dante’s Cove for season III inHawaii. Tell us about your character.
Jensen Atwood: I play the role of Griffen, the bisexual warlock who is a representative of the Tresum Council and has come to Dante’s Cove to set things straight. No pun intended.
Charlie David: This is your second role on a “gay” show and this time you play a bisexual role. Do you have any concerns about being typecast?
Jensen Atwood: As long as I don’t play the same role I’m happy. The roles of Wade and Griffen are very different. As well as Johnny Taylor and Snoop. I’ve been blessed to have a pretty diverse career.
Charlie David: How would you describe Dante’s Cove?
Jensen Atwood: Dante’s Cove is like a gay Charmed but pushes the boundaries of what you’re used to seeing on television.
Charlie David: Your character, Griffen, has a very generous attitude when it comes to sex. Basically the world is his convenience store. Was it strange to move to such a promiscuous ‘flower-child’ role after the monogamy of Noah’s Arc?
Jensen Atwood: What was strange was creating meaning for things that have been created. I know that may sound a little confusing. Like Tresum Magic for example. I know this will be a shock to some… But I can’t really do magic. So to make it as real as possible was a fun challenge.
Charlie David: The cast has exploded with new and familiar faces like Jenny Shimizu, Jill Bennett, Reichen Lehmkuhl, and yourself. Now all the boys and girls liked to toss around the football except for you and Reichen… Care to explain yourself??
Jensen Atwood: I had a great time with all of the cast. It was torture to watch you guys toss the football around. I love football. But as you know I chose to keep my finger nails long for the character. So playing catch would have jeopardized the continuity.
Ok, ok, so BASICALLY I didn’t want to break a nail. The first description sounded better though.
Charlie David: What’s it like to act alongside the infamous Diva, Tracey Scoggins?
Jensen Atwood: A pleasure. She makes really interesting choices. And I feel I’m a better actor from working with her.
Charlie David: You’re most well known for your role as Wade on Logo’s Noah’s Arc. The show was a landmark showcasing the lives of gay African American men. What was it like to work on the show?
Jensen Atwood: Working on the show felt like being with family at times. Together we started a project we believed in. No money involved. Just a love for the art and a belief in each other.
Charlie David: I thought Noah’s Arc was so hot. I begged Patrick Ian Polk to create a role for a skinny white boy… ‘Let me be a pizza delivery boy or Dude playing checkers #2!’ I didn’t care! And now there’s a movie!! Will it be like Rachel and Ross on Friends? Will Noah and Wade get hitched? Will ‘Dude playing checkers #2’ finally get a date with Wade? (fingers crossed!)
Jensen Atwood: I wish I knew. I am so out of the loop. From what I understand the there’s a happy ever after…. but I’m not sure if Dude playing checkers #2 is part of it.
Charlie David: In Noah’s Arc, Wade goes through a coming out process which starts with a gay guy and straight guy as friends. Then curiosity takes over… Do you think it’s common for straight guys to consider having an encounter with another guy, especially in light of gay and alternative culture being so chic right now?
Jensen Atwood: No I don’t think that’s common for a straight guy at all. But because of the gay and alternative culture becoming more mainstream I think it leaves room for those that aren’t sure of there sexuality. Or for those whose sexuality isn’t as simple as gay or straight.
Charlie David: There’s a whole DL or Down Low phenomenon that is sometimes relegated to the Black and Hispanic community. Do you think with shows like Noah’s Arc and the DL Chronicles there will be a change in the community? Will more men just cut the middle ground and come out?
Jensen Atwood: I think some people feel comfortable in the middle ground. It’s a trip how DL has been demonized. I think the question is, why would a man have to pretend to be something that he is not? I think it could be easily answered knowing the history of our society.
Charlie David: For some it’s becoming common for both straight and gay couples – either married or living together – to seek out extracurricular activities on the side. How much does our generation need to adhere to society’s traditions or are we at a place where it’s suitable to set our own rules?
Jensen Atwood: I would like to think living in America I have the right to be free. And any union between consenting adults is between them two, them three, or however many you can manage to have a productive positive and loving relationship with.
Charlie David: Is it hard being one of the most beautiful men in the world?
Jensen Atwood: Thanks Charlie. It is difficult becoming a success in Hollywood. But it’s easy to maintain my roots. I love my family. And they love me enough to not allow me to get lost on Planet Hollywood.
Charlie David: Who’s a better kisser – Tracey Scoggins, Darryl Stephens, Gregory Michael or Halle Barry?
Jensen Atwood: Tough competition but Halle takes it!
Charlie David: We played a lot of poker when not shooting. You’re such a sweet guy I can’t imagine you bluffing… Which is probably why youbeat me. You smile and I fold – here, just take my chips! Since we’re almost done, fill me in on your most common play – fold, check, or bet?
Jensen Atwood: You know me Charlie, I’m ALL IN!!!!
Charlie David: Die hard fans will know you don’t only act and possess dimples to rival Antonio Sabato Jr. but you also sing. Where can we take a listen?
Jensen Atwood: I’m still at the very early stages of my music project. And I feel like things are moving in slow motion sometimes. But I’ll be sure to keep you shoulder to shoulder with progress on my Instagram.
Be sure to check out Jensen Atwood’s band Dreamkillaz on iTunes and Spotify.
OUTtvGo introduces its brand-new and highly-anticipated sex comedy Avocado Toast the series following the story of two millennial friends, Molly and Elle, who are forced to learn about their parents’ new sexcapades after coming out and a divorce. The show is set to make its worldwide premiere May 18th, 2020 on OUTtv’s digital platform OUTtvGo(Canada), Vimeo and Amazon (United Kingdom, USA).
After a lifetime of dating men, 31-year-old teacher Molly (Heidi Lynch), surprises herself when she falls in love with a woman for the first time. When she finds the courage to come out as bisexual to her suburban parents, they empathetically reveal their own admission – they’re swingers and throw sex parties. When Molly gets dumped, she reluctantly heeds dating advice from her sexually blossoming parents and clumsily embarks onto the bisexual dating scene while navigating her broken heart.
Meanwhile, 33-year old creative director Elle(Perrie Voss), is reeling after learning her parents are divorcing and her mother, who also happens to be her boss, had an affair with a dude young enough to be Elle’s brother. To avoid the wrenching pain of her exploded family unit, Elle wages revenge in an eye-for-an-eye corporate takeover against her mother.
As life as they knew it crumbles away and their love lives, and careers become precarious, it’s their codependent friendship that takes all the heat. Finally, when the pressure cooker blows, they are shocked to realize that the nuts haven’t fallen so far from the tree.
“We are so excited to finally share Avocado Toast the series with the rest of the world. This is the show I desperately needed at a time in my life when I didn’t see bisexual representation anywhere.” says Heidi Lynch. “I had never seen a bisexual coming out story. My parents are some of my best friends, but I still got so caught up in the fact that coming out to them would be hard. In the end they were extremely accepting. I wanted to create representation for how coming out as bi was confusing and challenging and also representation for accepting, modern, baby boomer parents.”
“Avocado Toast the series takes assumptions and flips them on their head. Who our protagonists think they are, and they think they know is challenged at every turn in this series. I think we’ve created something that will open dialogue between generations, communities, and female friendships.” says Perrie Voss. “It’s hilarious, heartbreaking and relatable. Yes, it’s a comedy, but there’s a lot of heart and truth within it. I have always been amazed at how tears and laughter can be so closely related in times of grief, growth and change. This is that show!”
“OUTtvGo is home to a vast catalogue of LGBTQ+ content and we’re constantly on the look-out for new and exciting programming that caters to all members of the community,” says Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv. “Avocado Toast is a show that explores love and friendship in the modern age and will leave you clamouring for more.”
“Avocado Toast the series is special because it is a women lead project. We have incredible women in the key positions of creators, screenwriters, story editors, director, editors, production designer, producers and stars. That ensures the voice and culture of the series is dynamic, powerful and inclusive, says, producer Charlie David.
Heidi Lynch is a Canadian/Swiss actor, writer, and producer residing in London, England. The ability to create, produce and sell works that include the kind of representation she feels is lacking in the world of media content has quickly become the most important thing she has done creatively to date and has sparked a new found love for the business of film making.
Perrie Voss is an actor, writer, film editor and producer. With great passion for powerful visuals and diverse stories Perrie is drawn towards underrepresented and unexpected narratives which is reflected in all avenues of her filmmaking. She currently divides her time as an actor in film and TV and her production companies, Guts and Gall Productions Inc., and Wheelhouse Productions.
Border2Border Entertainment produces and promotes award-winning, critically acclaimed film, television and digital projects for the LGBTQ+ audience. Dedicated to making each production experience enjoyable for our artists, business and broadcast partners, co-workers, and ultimately our audience. Our ongoing relationship with TV networks, film festivals and digital platforms keep our content in demand making our home-grown Canadian content watched by millions around the globe.
About Guts and Gall Productions Inc.
Guts and Gall Productions Inc. is a sister company of Border2Border Entertainment with a focus on creating underrepresented stories through a female lens. Avocado Toast the series is Guts and Gall Productions‘ debut production.
OUTtv is the world’s first and Canada’s only national LGBTQ+ television network and streaming service. Home to a compelling mix of inclusive, queer-focused content from comedy to drama, documentaries, reality and award-winning movies. OUTtv is dedicated to telling stories by and for the community, with a library of over 3000 hours of LGBTQ+ content including more than 600 hours of original programming, making OUTtv the world’s leading provider of queer content. Originals include The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, The Whole Package, Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend, Never Apart TV, My Trans Journey and the documentary strand OutSpoken. OUTtv is the license holder for the Canadian broadcasts of Emmy-award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, House of Drag, Naked Attraction and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
OUTtvGo is OUTtv’s streaming platform where subscribers can stream their favorite series and movies and discover new content exclusive to the service. OUTtvGo is available for iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and on web browsers. OUTtv is also available in Canada as an Amazon Prime Video Channel and an Apple TV Channel.
Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @OUTtv or visit the website to learn more at outtv.ca