10-Part Armistead Maupin Drama Starring Real LGBTQ Talent Comes to Netflix (Page, Morelli)

10-Part Armistead Maupin Drama Starring Real LGBTQ Talent Comes to Netflix (Page, Morelli)

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1st row from left: Caldwell Tidicue, Dickie Hearts, Daniela Vega, Juan Castano, Michelle Buteau, Matthew Risch 2nd row from left: Charlie Barnett, Paul Gross, Josiah Victoria Garcia, Murray Bartlett,  May Hong 3rd row from left: Benjamin Thys, Samantha Soule, Christopher Larkin, Jen Richards, Ashley Park, Michael Park
1st row from left: Caldwell Tidicue, Dickie Hearts, Daniela Vega, Juan Castano, Michelle Buteau, Matthew Risch; 2nd row from left: Charlie Barnett, Paul Gross, Josiah Victoria Garcia, Murray Bartlett, May Hong;
3rd row from left: Benjamin Thys, Samantha Soule, Christopher Larkin, Jen Richards, Ashley Park, Michael Park

Inspired by the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City  – follows Mary Ann (Laura Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian, 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. 

Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.  

Joining the cast of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City as series regulars are: Paul Gross (Due South, Alias Grace) reprising his role as Brian Hawkins, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton and father of Shawna Hawkins; Murray Bartlett (Looking) playing the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver – longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) playing Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia playing the role of Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park.

Among the talented roster of recurring cast members are: Jen Richards (Her Story, Mrs. Fletcher) playing a young Anna Madrigal, Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman) as Ysela, a trans woman who plays a pivotal role in Anna’s life; Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club) as Wren, Brian’s no-nonsense best friend; Ashley Park (Broadway’s Mean Girls) and Christopher Larkin (The 100) as twins Ani and Raven who are newer residents of Barbary Lane; Caldwell Tidicue aka “Bob the Drag Queen” (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Ida Best the manager of a burlesque club where Shawna and Margot work; Matthew Risch (Modern Family, Looking) as Mouse’s ex-boyfriend Harrison; Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) as Mary Ann’s husband Robert; Dickie Hearts (Grace & Frankie) as Mateo, DeDe’s housekeeper; Benjamin Thys (The Meyerowitz Stories); Samantha Soule (Godless) as a queer polyamorous married couple Eli and Inka; and Juan Castano (The OA, What/If) as Ben’s co-worker Flaco Ramirez.

Currently in production, the series spotlights LGBTQ people both in front of and behind the camera.

Showrunner/Executive Producer and writer Lauren Morelli (Co-Executive Producer and writer Orange Is the New Black) and Producing Director and Executive Producer Alan Poul (Tales of the City, Six Feet Under, The Newsroom), who are both part of the LGBTQ community, assembled an entirely queer writing team comprised of Andy Parker, Patricia Resnick, Marcus Gardley, Jen Silverman, Hansol Jung, and Thomas Page McBee to create the authentic and multigenerational LGBTQ characters and stories.

Talented directors who are also part of the LGBTQ community including Silas Howard, Sydney Freeland, Stacie Passon and Kyle Alvarez bring the vibrant, warm and colorful world of Barbary Lane to life.

Transgender people involved in the production include: Josiah Victoria Garcia (Jake) a non-binary trans actor who uses they/them pronouns; Jen Richards (young Anna Madrigal) a trans woman who starred in and was a writer and producer on the Emmy-nominated web series Her Story, about dating as a trans woman; Daniela Vega (Ysela) a trans woman and the lead of the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman; writer Thomas Page McBee; and directors Silas Howard and Sydney Freeland.

The 10-part Netflix original limited series will debut in 2019.

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