Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

On Hiatus Until Early 2022

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.

Bean with a sprout growing out of it

BeanSprout Against the
World

A Lavender Lemonade
Collective Production

BeanSprout Against the World Press Kit

Link to the Google Drive Folder

Introduction
BeanSprout Against the World is a Lavender Lemonade Collective comedy audio drama podcast with a first season that is going to be 10 episodes long and is currently in the crowdfunding stage. Our podcast can be found by searching “BeanSprout Against the World” in your favorite podcatching app (an app that catches a podcast’s audio file) or by visiting our website at https://www.beansproutagainsttheworld.carrd.co where we have links to our podcast in several popular podcatching apps, RSS feed, and our Seed&Spark page, where we are crowdfunding the show.

Short Summary
BeanSprout Against the World is an audio drama/comedy podcast by Lavender Lemonade Collective about the weirdness and woes of LGBTQ+ divorce as well as the delight and frustrations that come with moving your 13-year-old sister into your duplex while your parents sort out their relationship.

Long Summary
BeanSprout Against the World is an audio drama/comedy podcast by Lavender Lemonade Collective that 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.

Release Schedule
Currently, BeanSprout Against the World is set to release monthly starting in fall 2021! More details will be released as soon as they’re available.

Accessibility
Transcripts:
BeanSprout Against the World currently has several methods of providing accessibility to our audience. We provide transcripts through a link in the episode notes of every release. We have our transcripts available on Google Drive and on our transcripts pages built into our website.

Captioned YouTube Videos:
We also provide captioned YouTube videos for our listeners. All videos are linked through our transcripts pages and are also available as a playlist on YouTube.

Content Warnings:
Content warnings are provided in the show notes with time stamps, as well as at the beginning of each episode.

Requests:
For questions, concerns, and requests regarding our podcast’s accessibility measures, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

Patreon, Ko-Fi, and Seed&Spark
Patreon and Ko-Fi:
As of July 14th, 2021, we at Lavender Lemonade Collective have been unable to produce new content for either our Ko-Fi or Patreon. However, funds from both go directly into the hosting fees for our shows' websites. In the future, Patreon and Ko-Fi will feature behind-the-scenes and exclusive content for our shows.

Seed&Spark:
BeanSprout Against the World will be running a Seed&Spark campaign starting July 16th, 2021, at 12:00pm CST, and ending on August 15th, 2021 at 12:00pm CST. Our fundraising goal is $2,800 for the following categories:

-Paying our actors: $1,140
-Paying our crew: $610
-Sound design by Tal Minear: $600
-Original Intro Song by Haley Curran: $150
-Captioner: $300

Further details about this crowdfunding campaign can be found at https://seedandspark.com/fund/bean-sprout-against-the-world

Podcast Rating and Content
BeanSprout Against the World is rated PG. Content warnings for this show include overall themes of divorce, discussion (and celebration?) of menstruation, light mention of drinking, and lice. Please note that all content warnings for each show will be listed in the episode description, as well as in the audio at the top of the show.

LGBTQIA+ and Queerspawn Representation in the Podcast
The Lavender Lemonade Collective strives to create a community that allows art from a uniquely LGBTQIA+ lens, that makes space for all races, religions, body types, abilities and genres. BeanSprout Against the World is no exception to this; We have written and cast all characters in our podcast with serious thought.

BeanSprout Against the World has a largely LGBTQIA+ cast, crew, and characters, therefore following Lavender Lemonade’s sentiment of LGBTQIA+ media for and by the LGBTQIA+ community. Additionally, queerspawn (children of LGBTQIA+ parents) have been involved in every step of the production process to make sure that the show's characters' unique family dynamic is properly represented.

Branding and Promotional Materials
All art for BeanSprout Against the World is done by Orion Tuesday Ibert. The font used is Internet Friends. All branding and promotional materials are located in the “Promotional Materials” folder of this press kit.
Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lv_ip1HSiVY1zu7wXsKLKNpewYL8M1OZ?usp=sharing

Deep Blue Stars Branding Hex-Code Colors:
Light Green: #c2fcd2
Dark Green: #39827f
Light Pink: #f0b7b3
Dark Pink: #db5460
Gray: #292d33
Light Gray: #3a3b40

Podcast Contact Information
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://beansproutagainsttheworld.carrd.co
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BeanSproutATW
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lavender.lem
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Lavender-Lemonade-Collective
Seed&Spark Link: https://seedandspark.com/fund/bean-sprout-against-the-world

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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