The trailer for Season 1 of the brand new web series Neighbors, created and written by Sharrod Williams (Tuck Eternal, Cats, Hamilton in Chicago), dropped October 30 forward of the November 8 season premiere.
The seven-episode collection follows characters Sharrod and Joey (performed by Williams and Joey Rosario) as they “navigate pandemic life, new interracial relationships, and a secret that threatens their friendship for good.”
The solid additionally consists of Shaunice Alexander (Bandstand nationwide tour), Gizel Jimenez (Wicked, Avenue Q), Juan Caballer (West Side Story, Chicago Lyric), Brandon Nase (Cats nationwide tour, The Black Clown), Christopher Rice (Hamilton nationwide tour, The Book of Mormon, Pretty Woman), Matthew Petrucelli (Shakespeare’s Globe, Edinburgh Fringe), Amanda Serrano (Within the Heights, Park Playhouse), Elisabeth Willis (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).
Williams, who additionally serves as govt producer, was impressed to create Neighbors not solely within the COVID period, however as a part of a motion for societal change. “As a younger, Black artist, I needed to take up house the place I usually really feel there isn’t a lot for me,” he says. “I needed to create a possibility for myself and my fellow artist buddies to create, collaborate, and develop. Everybody concerned can attest that the phrase of the day will at all times be ‘progress—not perfection.’”
Neighbors consciously made efforts to rent an individual of shade to steer each division. John Canning, Russell McCook, Benjamin Nissen, and Peter Pileski produce alongside Williams. Giuseppe Bausilio (Hamilton, Newsies) serves as a producer and director of pictures with Daniel Gaymon (Hamilton nationwide tour, Cats, The Lion King) as resident director. DeShawn Bowen (Mean Girls nationwide tour) and Willis direct, with Alyssa LeClair (Workin’ Mothers, Fats Camp – LAFF Premiere) as affiliate screenwriter. “Creating our personal alternative, in a time the place there may be none for performing artists, is how we are able to discover pleasure and elevate collectively,” says Williams.
The collection additionally options music from unbiased, up-and-coming artists of shade, together with Ebrin R. Stanley (Hamilton in Chicago), who gives unique underscoring for the collection.
Whereas the collection is offered to look at without cost at Neighbors-Series.com, it serves as a fundraiser for Broadway for Racial Justice in an effort “to lift sufficient cash to donate $2,000 of our general funds to the non-profit.” Williams serves on the BFRJ Board of Administrators. “It’s vital to assist BFRJ’s efforts to struggle for racial justice and fairness within the theatrical neighborhood at-large.”
Tune in to the premiere of Neighbors November 8 at 7 PM ET. Observe NEIGHBORS on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to maintain up with the present and for behind-the-scenes exclusives. To make a donation to fund the manufacturing of the collection (separate from BFRJ donations), click here.