The Flame tells the story of two women: Jamie, a queer bar owner, and Sam, the woman selling the building the bar inhabits, and the inevitable sparks that end up flying between them! With the help of her best friend, Heather, and bar regular Jo, can the residents of The Flame keep the bar alive? Or can Sam’s friend Mel help her work through her complicated feelings about her father’s death and the building she grew up in before she makes a rash decision?
We’re planning an 8 episode musical arc, which we’ll record through the end of 2020/early 2021, and release as a Lez Hang Out Production in Summer 2021. It will feature an entirely original story, book, and score.
In 2016, Leigh and Ellie started Lez Hang Out, an LGBTQ podcast about representation in the media. For the past four years, we have been writing and producing original music based on our favorite lesbian TV shows and movies.
We both grew up performing in musical theatre and we met at a women’s a cappella festival in San Francisco. Our love for music and positive representation resonates through everything that we do. The next logical step was for us to write and star in our own podcast musical.
We wrote the story and realized we couldn’t do this alone! We reached out to Valerie Rose Lohman for guidance and she loved the project so much that she hopped on board as our executive producer and to play the role of Mel. She got us in touch with Caitlyn Clear whose writing style has us in stitches after every draft.
The producers, director, writer and lead characters on this project are members of the LGBTQ community. We are committed to adding to the great storytelling landscape supporting the LGBTQ community. Your contribution will help elevate their work and passion.
We’ve been working all summer writing original songs and scripts and we can’t wait to bring it to your ears in June 2021!
Jenn Colella, "Jo"
Jenn Colella (born Jennifer Lin Colella) is an American comedian, actress, and singer. She first began her career in Los Angeles as a comedian and later branched out to musical theater. She had her Broadway debut with a 2003 performance as Sissy in Urban Cowboy, which earned her a 2003 Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination. Colella went on to star in High Fidelity and Chaplin. Her Off-Broadway credits include Closer Than Ever, Slut! the Musical and Side Show.
In 2014, she returned to Broadway in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's If/Then directed by Michael Greif. She originated the role of Captain Beverley Bass in Come from Away on Broadway in March 2017 and earned the 2017 Outer Critic's Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
Jasmin Savoy Brown, "Sam"
Jasmin is best known as ‘Evie Murphy’ in the critically acclaimed HBO’s drama series “The Leftovers”, opposite Justin Theroux and Regina King. In addition, Jasmin recently starred in the Shondaland / ABC court drama series “For The People” as ‘Alison Adams’ alongside Britt Robertson. Jasmin also went on to play series regular character and historical figure, ‘Emilia Bassano’ on the TNT drama series “WILL”, which told the story of a young William Shakespeare. Emilia was a musician, poet and writer, who went on to become the first female professional English poet and was believed to be the ‘Dark Lady’ of Will’s sonnets.
Jasmin’s additional credits include: Freeform’s “Stitchers”, Netflix’s “Love”, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, Disney XD’s “LEGO Star Wars: All Stars”, FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Lane 1974”, and “Laggies”.
Raised in Springfield, Oregon, Jasmin is a multitalented performer and is currently working on an album. Jasmin is a proud alum of New York’s CAP21 Conservatory for their prestigious summer musical theatre intensive as well as the Los Angeles ABC Diversity Showcase. Beyond performing, Jasmin is extremely passionate about promoting diversity, woman’s healthcare, the LGBTQ community, discussing mental health and her experience with endometriosis.
Chilina Kennedy "Rachel"
Chilina recently starred as “Dina” in the International Tour of The Band’s Visit. Broadway: “Carole King” in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (over 1200 performances) and “Mary Magdalene” in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Originated “Binky” in Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz’s This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company). 1st National Tour: “Sophie” in Mamma Mia!. Film: With Me (BravoFact, NY Shorts and Whistler Film Festivals). Selected Regional: “Pheobe D’Ysquith” in A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder (CT and San Diego Critics' Circle Nominations), “Evangeline” in Evangeline (original production and album), “Philia” in Des McAnuff’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Toronto/Mirvish), Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival including “Maria” in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival and The Lord of the Rings (World Premiere Mirvish/Toronto). Chilina is currently developing a show that she composed and co-wrote with Eric Holmes, Call It Love. She is also the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Eclipse Theatre Company. www.chilinakennedy.com
Jesse Nowack "Harold"
Jesse is an actor and writer with over a decade of experience in voice over. Sporting a career that spans from pre-transition to post-transition, he can be heard in commercials, video games, anime, cartoons, audiobooks, and everything in between. He's currently working on PinkBlue, (a show on his YouTube channel that covers a variety of queer topics,) and Think Fast, (his original live action series still in production.)
Some of Jesse's roles include voicing Elliot Wright in the Sparrow Archives series, Ganymede in Whispering, Zinn and Cactus Canary in 2064: Read Only Memories, and Red in Fist Master. He also provides the narration for the video series on transition at Seattle Children's Gender Clinic.
Harrison White "Narrator"
Harrison, a native of Chicago, is happiest being a dad and a husband, but his second joy is being able to live a life of a creative artist. His most recent film credits are Space Jam 2, Mermaid, I Got the Hookup 2, The Way You Look Tonight, and Waiting in the Wings, Still Waiting. His soundtrack credits are: Tears of the Sun, The Power of One, Sarafina, and he can be heard singing backup on the Macklemore hit Glorious. Most recent television credits are The Kominsky Method, Fresh Off the Boat, How To Get Away With Murder, This Is Us, and 9-1-1.
Ellie Brigida (Scoring and Music Producer), “Jamie”
Ellie Brigida is a musician, producer and podcaster from Boston, MA. She has a degree in Music Business from Wagner College and is currently the Studio Production Manager for Clear Harmonies. She has been performing in Musicals since she was 8 years old as Annie and she's excited to get back to her roots as Jamie in The Flame!
Ellie is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out – an award winning podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over half a million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO’s list of best queer podcasts, HER’s The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot.
Leigh Holmes Foster (Composer), “Heather”
Leigh is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out – an award winning podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over half a million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO’s list of best queer podcasts, HER’s The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot.
Valerie Rose Lohman (Executive Producer), “Mel”
Valerie voiced the lead role of Edith Finch in the critically acclaimed Video Game "What Remains of Edith Finch", produced by Annapurna Interactive; Valerie's received a BAFTA Nomination for her portrayal of 17 year old Edith. This year, Valerie stars as Jess Blazkowicz in the highly anticipated Wolfenstein: Youngblood, released by Bethesda! She received a 2018 Young Entertainer Award for her work in the film.
Caitlyn Clear (Book)
From a young age, Caitlyn’s interests have always included any form of storytelling. Now a writer by day, avid TV watcher by night, she hopes to create stories that reflect the diverse world we live in. In her free time, she enjoys reading books on LGBTQ+ history and experimenting with new desserts! She’s a graduate from Columbia College Chicago and Chapman University.
The project is produced by Lez Hang Out productions. Lez Hang Out has been featured on LOGO's list of podcasts in the golden age of queer women, and HER's list of "The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To". Our mission and passion is to highlight diverse representation on screen and to create the content for our community that we’ve always wanted to see.
The Lez Hang Out team writes and produces original songs based on Lesbian TV shows and movies plus all of their jingles. Leigh Holmes Foster and Ellie Brigida are a musical dream team, complementing each other in every way.
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