By Alyssa Pereira

The bizarre show we heard about last month held its casting call over the weekend, and as it turns out, “close to 100” actors and actresses came out to audition for the roles. The show, which “imagines the story of six leading technology executives living, learning, and loving together in San Francisco’s Mission District,” obviously drew some side glances when it was first announced, but now we’re kind of curious to see where this heads.

The auditions, which were held at the SFAQ Project Space in the Tenderloin, called for six main actors: a “spazzy, neurotic” commitment-phobe, an overly ambitious entrepreneur with government ties, an introverted engineer who likes punk music, an eccentric workaholic, an intelligent techie with a bubbly side, and a “B R O” to the core with more charm than brains. There are also three supporting roles: a VC who “puts out good vibes and gets good returns,” a Taskrabbit-type employee trying to make ends meet, and a hyper confident techie good at “using guerrilla strategies for native applications.”

The auditions called for the characters to read monologues. In one, an undercover writer for The Verge read a speech for the VC role, saying things like “Yeah, everyone is different. I’m not even talking about backgrounds or your place in society. That’s why I love this neighborhood— all the changing faces and good energy. These new waves of, uh, new people, uh, is a huge thing.” In another, posted by Mission Local, an actor auditioned for the Mission neighbor role, saying things like, “It’s more like, what job have I not had to cover rent over here? When have I only had one job? Never. This is 2015. I guess this is what is normal now.” 

Although production is reportedly planned to begin this summer, it sounds like they’re still working on their financial backing. They apparently didn’t give out details at the audition, but The Verge reports that the producers are looking to probably partner with a site for online streaming.


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