the dark comedy
raises the bar
(and the stakes)
Hip, in-your-face, embarrassingly autobiographical, and backed by some seriously awesome music, Raising Adults follows two young girls trying to grow up while raising their crazy, disabled parents in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The struggles they confront extend far beyond the boundaries of their politically red environment.
Lead duo Britt (Brittany Wagner) and Kait (Kait Staley) help their parents pursue disability support with little support of their own. Managing bills and healthcare merely scratch the surface of the sacrifices they make for the ones they love. This overworked and unemployed pair bond over family dysfunction.
Whether editing colorful letters to politicians for Dad or dumpster diving with Mom, their “normal” is anything but!
RAISING ADULTS SEASON 2 TRAILER
Economic hardship, class struggle, healthcare, and government intensify the family relationships at the heart of the story in ways that have rarely appeared on screen. A mother and daughter flip-flop the parent / child dynamic. A father and daughter bond over boy-talk in a fag-hag-meets-odd-couple kind of scenario.
What’s more, Raising Adults is based on the creators’ real-life experiences navigating the country’s downright unbearable disability process.
And just when a light appears at the end of the tunnel, someone cuts off the service: this year the show lost a cast member to suicide, creator Brittany’s father, for reasons explored in the show.
So the entertainment occasionally comes with a bit of discomfort, but what better way to give audiences a chance to laugh with or at unconventional family struggles found in unlikely places?
With the help of Chicago crew and post-production, Raising Adults will share nine episodes (plus, added content!) over October and November
Chicagoan Danny McCarthy directed. Daily Planet’s Sara Evans and freelancer Talia Pasqua led the charge on editorial / graphics. Floodgates Audio composed the score and designed the sound. FCB’s Roman Mendez handled color.
Director: Danny McCarthy
Director of Photography: Andrew Degner
Writers/ Producers: Brittany Wagner & Kait Staley
Location Sound: Abby Young & Colin Mulhern
AD: Joe Zappa
Grip/ Lighting: Jim Bailey, Mike Trivisonno, Jeremy Stark
Post-Production: Daily Planet
Edited by: Sara Evans & Talia Pasqua
Graphics by: Alyssa Barrett
Colored by: Roman Mendez
Post-Production Audio/ Score: Colin Mulhern & Joe Flood
Songs by: Chris Crack & Cutta (New Deal Crew)
Send your production updates to Reel Chicago Editor Dan Patton, firstname.lastname@example.org.