FORGOTTEN ANIMALS is a 30-minute scripted comedy series featuring only female-identifying talent, about a non-profit for ugly creatures (think skunks, fire ants, and pigeons.)
In this pilot episode, the women throw a luncheon for raccoons while facing the threat of a company shut down, an uninvited visit from their nemesis, and the wrath of one employee whose yogurt was stolen from the office fridge.
Jessie Jolles and Sarah Smallwood Parsons met while performing at UCB Theater in NYC and instantly connected over their shared sense of humor. While Sarah went on to produce videos for Above Average and Jessie for Betches, they continued writing together.
Both working actors, they were less than thrilled with the generic female roles they were constantly auditioning for (Girlfriend, Nurse, Young Mom -- Ugh, well at least they said 'Young.') So they set out to write a pilot filled with complicated female roles they would love to play, and made it a cast of all women, to give opportunity to as many female-identifying performers as possible. And so, Forgotten Animals was born!
(Played by Sarah Smallwood Parsons)
Director of Donations. A power-hungry saleswomen with a closet full of power suits. Used to work on Wall Street until she was fired for embezzling 100K ("but who hasn't?") Not really an animal-person, but will interrogate, seduce, and even kill to get them funding.
(Played by Jessie Jolles)
Managing Director of Forgotten Animals. Wears head-to-toe TJ Maxx ("but you'd never know it, it's designer clothing at such a good price!") Used to work for the ASPCCA until they saved an adorable piglet over a mangey vulture. Terrified of most creatures, but her heart is in the right place.
(Played by Madeline DeFreece)
Head of Public Relations. A bubbly perfectionist who throws incredible fundraising events but always goes over-budget. Massively allergic to peanuts ("but the swelling doesn't look that bad, right?") Thinks animals are gross but could be improved with a makeover.
(Played by Claire Burns)
Office Manager. Went to prison for liberating animals from a make-up testing lab. Makes great brownies ("They're great cause they're made with weed.") Sincerely loves animals, almost as much as she loves Diane for taking a chance on her.
(Played by Nichole Yannetty)
Diane's New Assistant. A terrified people-pleaser who dresses like she wants to blend into the wall.
("............................") Loves animals more than anything, if that's what you need her to do.
(Played by Leslie Meisel)
Representative from Corporate who observes the women to decide if they get to keep their funding. ("Just pretend I'm not even here!... Unless I have question, then you'll need to answer that immediately.")
(Played by Ann Carr)
Head of the ASPCCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Cute Animals) and Diane's ex-boss. ("I should really be going. We're doing a shoot with rescue corgis wearing tuxes.")