"Hustling" Web Series Is Studded With Broadway Stars

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11 Nov 2011

Sebastian LaCause in
Sebastian LaCause in "Hustling."

Sebastian LaCause (Broadway's Rocky Horror Show) enlisted his show business friends, including Brent Barrett and Daphne Rubin-Vega, for his new creative passion, a web series about a hustler at the crossroads.


Sebastian LaCause, the actor-dancer who played the vascular Rocky in the 2000 Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show, has created a web series called "Hustling," about a sex worker who finds himself wanting more as he hits age 40. The series is populated by Broadway stars including Shannon Lewis, two-time Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega and Chicago's Brent Barrett.

The first of eight episodes in the series goes live Nov. 16 at www.blip.tv/HustlingTheWebSeries. Subsequent episodes, running about ten minutes each, will continue through February 2012, LaCause told Playbill.com.

"I made this series on no budget," LaCause told Playbill.com. "It's very raw and very indie. It's different. It's not trying to emulate another show. Perfection wasn't the point. I wanted to stop thinking about doing something and just 'do' — create, explore and have fun."

LaCause, who also appeared in Broadway's Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress and Minnelli on Minnelli, calls the sex-and-drugs-spiced "Hustling" an "edgy, sexy dramedy" with comedy that is "dark, subtle, based in realism."

He explained, "I play Ryan Crosby. He's been making his living working as a hustler, among other things, since his early 20s. This is a guy who sort of fell into turning tricks at a young age [and] realized that he could make a lot of money off his looks and body, with very little effort. Suddenly he's 40 and the work is starting to dry up and he's left wondering, 'What the hell did I do with my life?' We meet him at a turning point when he's trying desperately to figure out how to change his life but has absolutely no idea how to do it or if there's even anything else he can do.

"This series is about this guy trying to get unstuck and discover what his true passion is. The subject matter is definitely adult but regardless of his 'life situation,' his struggles as a human being, I think, are quite relatable."

View the season one trailer for "Hustling":

At this point, with "Hustling" available for free on the web, with some potential for revenue based on advertising and traffic, the project is not a rocket-to-the-moon moneymaker, LaCause said, explaining, "Your show can earn revenue based on the number of views it gets. It's a very miniscule amount but it's revenue, nonetheless. The main objective, at least for me, was to simply take control. To create something that I could be proud of. I wanted to have an outlet to express myself creatively in ways that I didn't even know were possible until I was doing them. That was first and foremost.

"And then the project started taking on a life of its own and people were becoming intrigued by it. And I started getting approached by some of the industry wanting to know more about what I was doing. The dream would be to have it produced on a larger scale. I definitely set out to make something I thought was interesting and something that I hadn't seen out there before — to showcase not only myself as an actor, a writer and a director but also to showcase some of my talented friends.

"Anything else that may happen to follow is icing. It's already changed my life by showing me that I am capable of doing things that I had never really even considered before, and it has reinforced how important it is to be active in your pursuits."


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