In what is being called a 21st century version of The Odd Couple, the new series, Marriage of Inconvenience, stars Jason T. Gaffney as Owen, a messy, street-smart dropout with anger issues and David Allen Singletary as Franklin, an even-tempered English professor who prides himself on his attention to detail in every area of his carefully structured life. About the only thing the two men have in common is that they're gay. Now, living together in a very small house as Mr. and Mr. Fulton, they find they share something else: they can't stand each other.
"Some of the guys’ arguments are hilarious, others are not so much," says Jason T. Gaffney, who wrote, directed and stars in the series. "Watching them slowly fall for each other as they navigate their complicated pasts and the very bad people relentlessly hunting them down, makes for a fun journey.”
David Allen Singletary agrees. He calls Marriage of Inconvenience “funny, touching, sad and hopeful.” “At its core, it is story of love and how love can come from the most unexpected of places and cannot be controlled."
Gaffney wrote the screenplay with his father, Ed Gaffney. "Dad and I started writing together years ago, back with 2012’s The Perfect Wedding and discovered it was a good fit," Jason T. explains. "When we wrote Marriage of Inconvenience, I created the first draft and then sent it his way, and then we went back and forth until we reached a consensus that we were done."
In casting, the father and son team were careful to cast as many out LGBTQ+ actors as possible in roles. Nearly all of the actors playing gay men are out gay men, including veteran comedic out actor Alec Mapa makes a cameo in the series, playing the role of Claude.
They cast Allen Singletary as Franklin very early in the writing process. "David's one of my favorite people on the planet," Jason T. Gaffney reveals. “Our early revisions to the script and to his character were with him in mind, which is a fun way to write."
David Allen Singletary grew up in Sarasota, Florida, where he was a child actor, frequently working with Disney and Nickelodeon studios. After graduating college, Singletary moved to NYC, where he worked in theatre for twelve years before relocating to Los Angeles, where he lives now, to pursue TV and film.
For his part, Singletary feels fortunate to have been cast as Franklin. “As a big guy and an actor of color I am often asked to play a convict, prisoner, security guard, or gang member. While I respect and understand that these are characters whose stories need to be told, it’s rewarding to play a role that reflects my own life.”
“There really is a huge problem in Hollywood with sticking actors in roles based on stereotypes,” Gaffney concurs. “As a writer, director, and producer, I feel an obligation to be as inclusive as possible.”
It extends to the crew and post-production team, too. Gaffney says he and his father made sure that at least half were women, including Diliana Deltcheva who directed two episodes of Marriage of Incovenience, and Jasmine Sankaran who did post-production sound. Gaffney’s camera crew was predominantly queer women, led by director of photography, Nacia Schreiner, and gaffer Lisa Tom; and Jason T. Gaffney's real-life husband, Matt, is an executive producer.
“I hope people laugh out loud watching Marriage of Inconvenience," Gaffney sums up, "but I also want the show to make them think. One of the main challenges Owen and Franklin both encounter throughout the series is to try to figure out who they want to be and to learn how to be completely true to themselves. I think that’s something many of us are striving for."
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