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.
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
Lifelong dance connoisseur, from child to adult, Anisha Joshi has set her sites on more. Anisha Joshi has danced her way from stage to commercials and now she’s taking her dedication of dance and turning it into a television career as the host of the new webseries Dating Unlocked.
In each webisode of Dating Unlocked, daters are set up to to discover if they are ready for love.
What if on a first date you were given a key to unlock parts of each other’s lives that might otherwise be kept hidden for months, years or possibly forever? Each 12 minute episode features a date where lives, hearts and homes will be unlocked in the pursuit of happily ever after.
Everyone wants to put their best foot forward on a date. We want to highlight our assets while hiding the parts of ourselves that we’re unhappy with, not proud of, or simply would prefer to keep secret.
But what if we had to reveal a more accurate picture of who we really are on our first date? Would it streamline the process of finding true love? Each episode follows two people as they meet a potential mate on a first date. Our love birds have been hand-selected by a matchmaker (our host, Anisha Joshi) based on their submitted video dating profiles.