Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

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Sometimes a family is your older sister, her weird housemates, and your divorcing parents.

Divorce is a tricky subject to talk about, especially when kids are involved. It becomes even more tricky when it is LGBTQ+ divorce. Kids in these situations have the added struggle of having little to no healthy representation of their family dynamics and limited social support for their LGBTQ+ families.

BeanSprout Against the World, an audio drama/comedy podcast, approaches that void in representation with comedy and a strange delight, all while discussing the genuine woes and weirdness that comes with divorce.

The story centers around 26 year old sister, Nora Hinkes-Espocito and her 13 year old sister, Thalia. Thalia lives with her mom and ren (a gender-neutral term for "parent") during a difficult time in their marriage. When their parents start acting like children, Nora makes the difficult decision to move her little sister into her duplex with all her LGBTQA+ friends while they let their parents figure out what they're doing with their relationship.

Join us in celebrating the weird and wonderful of being neurodivergent children of LGBTQ+ parents. Between the growing pains, moments of pride and most awkward time of their lives, Thalia and Nora grow as sisters and as people in the first season of BeanSprout Against the World.

Consider helping to make the show a reality by checking out our Seed&Spark campaign!

Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

Cast & Crew Coming Soon!

Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

Cast & Crew

Mik Koats, a white nonbinary person with glasses and shoulder length red hair smiling at the camera.

Mik C. Moats (they/them)

Writer, Director, Voice of Cassie Rae

Mik C. Moats is a nonbinary playwright who graduated from the University of Houston's Playwriting and Dramaturgy program in 2019. Mik's work has recently been seen with Theatre 66's NEOS Showcase 2020 at the Alley Theatre (Roll for Length), in University of Houston's 2019 Ten Minute Play Festival (Pliny is Wrong With Me), as well as a finalist at The Kennedy Center for the Arts College Theatre Festival's Ten Minute Play Contest (Revival). They are also one of the co-founders of the Lavender Lemonade Collective.


Orion Ibert, a white nonbinary person wearing glasses, a black printed mask, and a rainbow sweater posing

Orion Tuesday Ibert (They/Them)

Editor, Producer, Artist

Orion is a passionately out, queerspawn, autistic, non-binary creative who co-founded Lavender Lemonade with Mik. Formerly involved with GLSEN as a National Student Council Member and GLAAD as a Student Ambassador, Orion has taken a more creative approach with their activism to not only make LGBTQIA+ content, but to also include the experiences of children in LGBTQIA+ families. Check out their work on their website: www.orionibert.com


Maureen, a white person with short hair smiling and looking up to the right

Maureen Kesterson-Yates (she/they)

Voice of Nora

Maureen is an Indianapolis based person who loves reading so much that she started working in a library after graduating college with an English degree. This is their debut in podcast form, though they’ve done many high school and amateur college theater shows. She loves to write and is hoping to write and submit plays once the people of the world are allowed to interact again. They’re currently searching for a COVID-friendly passion and is hoping this might be it. It’s either this or becoming a professional post-it note artist. You can find Maureen on Twitter as @writingnarwhal.


Sterling Rae, a white person with shoulder length blond hair smiling at the camera

Sterling Rae (they/them)

Voice of Thalia

Sterling Rae is a Midwest based voice actor and writer. Since 2006, Sterling has found a home on stage and starting in 2017, began to find comfort behind the microphone as well. When not voice acting, you can find them curled up with a good book, playing music far too loud, or being smothered by a grey ball of fluff Sterling insists is a cat, and in some cases, all of the above. You can find more out about Sterling on their website: https://sterling-rae.webnode.com/


Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

Transcripts will be posted here upon each episode's release!

Season 1 Trailer

Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

Season 1 Trailer

Link to Google Doc

[soft music starts to play]

NORA
Here’s the thing about parents. Sometimes they’re great. They help you with your algebra, teach you how to shave your armpits but also tell you you don’t have to. They show you how to tie a tie, and fix pantyhose and how to cook spaghetti and grind meatballs. But sometimes, your parents don’t talk to each other for a week. Sometimes, they use your thirteen year old sister as a messenger like that’s the right thing to do. So sometimes, you have to yell at them, and take your little sister to your duplex so she doesn’t have to deal with that and you binge watch all the Lord of the Rings movies and listen to her clumsy explanation of the sexism in them and try and help her get through it. And maybe, sometimes, you ignore your parents for two weeks.

Sometimes, you’re me. I’m Nora Hinkes-Esposito. And as of two weeks ago, this is my life. I did not expect to become a full time babysitter for someone half my age. And don’t get me wrong, I love my little sister, Thalia. But sometimes…

[music abruptly stops]

THALIA
NO!

NORA
If you don’t put on deodorant we’ll only eat boxed mac and cheese for the rest of the week!

THALIA
YOU WOULDN’T DARE!

NORA
Wanna try me?

[Thalia slams a door.]

NORA
Sometimes, she’s like that.

[Theme plays]

ANNOUNCER
Divorce is a tricky subject to talk about, especially when kids are involved. It becomes even more tricky when it is LGBTQ+ divorce. Kids in these situations have the added struggle of having little to no healthy representation of their family dynamics and limited social support for their LGBTQ+ families.

BeanSprout Against the World, a comedy audio drama podcast by Lavender Lemonade Collective, approaches that void in representation with a strange delight, all while discussing the genuine woes and weirdness that comes with divorce.

The story centers around 26 year old sister, Nora Hinkes-Espocito and her 13 year old sister, Thalia. Thalia lives with her mom and ren (a gender-neutral term for "parent") during a difficult time in their marriage. When their parents start acting like children, Nora makes the difficult decision to move her little sister into her duplex with all her friends while they let their parents figure out what they're doing with their relationship.

Join us in celebrating the weird and wonderful of being neurodivergent children of LGBTQ+ parents. Between the growing pains, moments of pride and most awkward time of their lives, Thalia and Nora grow as sisters and as people in the first season of BeanSprout Against the World. Coming summer 2021.

Consider supporting the production of the newest addition to the Lavender Lemonade Collective family by visiting our Seed&Spark page in the description. We have several offerings and benefits for those who choose to support us and our wonderful actors. Thanks for listening.

Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

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