From the producer of 'The L Word' and the star of 'Noah's Arc' comes this sexy, funny scripted drama, depicting the lives of eight L.A. friends with varied ethnic, cultural, and sexual orientations.
In the dramatic season finale, Matthew's play finally opens, leading to an evening filled with new revelations and heartbreaking drama.
The group re-examines their relationships and express their true feelings for each other.
SJ reunites with her old flame, while Lenny arranges a meeting for Stefan at his law firm.
Darryl talks with AfterElton about his newest project, and the possibility of a DTLA second season.
"DTLA" tells the story of a diverse group of friends, all at crossroads in their lives. Darryl Stephens ("Noah's Arc") stars as Lenny, a civil litigation attorney who reunites with his college friend SJ (Marshelle Fair) during the breaking point in her marriage and while his own long-term relationship with Bryan (Matthew Stephen Herrick) starts to crumble. Also in the mix are Kai (Hiro Tanaka), a young teacher obsessed with hooking up with his celeb crush, Marky (Scott Pretty), a young Marine cadet, and his boyfriend Matthew (Patrick McDonald), a newcomer to LA who will stop at nothing to make it as an actor, and Stefan (Ernest Pierce), an outspoken lawyer struggling to make his relationship work with his much younger boyfriend Trey (JC Jones) after finding out about his secret life. An all-star supporting cast includes Melanie Griffith, Sandra Bernhard, Erin Daniels ("The L Word"), Jeremy Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Paul Mooney, Tiffany Pollard ("I Love New York"), Luenell (Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorius Nation Of Kazakhastan), William McNamara, Julie Goldman, B. Scott and Danny Roberts ("The Real World -- New Orleans").
"DTLA" also represents the first instance that a Kickstarter assisted crowd funded television series will receive domestic and international distribution. "DTLA" makes its international co-premiere on Out TV in Canada.
- Darryl Stephens (Lenny) is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the hopeless romantic title character on the groundbreaking cable series Noah's Arc. Since starring in films like Boy Culture, Another Gay Movie and Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom, he has appeared on TV shows such as ABC's Private Practice and Desperate Housewives, and BET's new hit comedy Reed Between the Lines.
- Matthew Stephen Herrick (Bryan) a newcomer to the world of acting, comes from a small suburban town right outside Philadelphia. After discovering his love for acting, Matthew moved to Los Angeles on his own at the age of 17 where he continued to mold his career through commercial, modeling, TV and feature film work, securing spots in national print campaigns, numerous commercials and continuous work in the television and film industry.
- Marshelle Fair (SJ) is an actress/writer/producer hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. After moving to Los Angeles, she booked several great roles, including ensemble lead in Blair Witch co-creator/director Dan Myrick's The Strand, and has worked in projects with Celine Dion, John F.K. Parenteau, Finnish star Irina Bjorklund, and Sean Patrick Flanery to name a few. She is currently co-writing a feature that she plans on shooting next year.
- A. Scott Pretty (Marky) is a newcomer to the world of acting. Born in Coon Rapids, MN. After graduating from high school in Cassville, MO he decided to join the Air Force. While in the Air Force, Scott watched Unbreakable which inspired him to look into acting. He is thrilled to be part of DTLA and states that "If my acting can inspire change just in one person's life for the better, I have done my job."
- Patrick McDonald (Matthew) is an LA based actor, host, & vlogger. Television appearances include 24, Drop Dead Diva, & Oprah's Doc Club. After the success of his web series Thank God Oprah Friday, Patrick was invited to the final tapings of The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is now an online correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Network.
- Ernest Pierce (Stephan) started his career in 1996 performing on stages around the United States, landing roles in Off-Broadway performances such as, Something's Afoot, West Side Story, The Piano Lesson, Sleepy Hollow. In 1999, he began working as a runway & print model in the United States and Paris. He landed six national ads and a host of commercials. Academically, he obtained degrees in Business and Performing Arts.
- Hiro Tanaka (Kai) is originally from San Francisco, California, moved to Japan after High School and made his Musical Theater debut in the Tokyo production of the Broadway Musical, Rent as the lead character, Angel in 2008. Since then he has also Starred in the Off-Broadway Musical, Altar Boyz in Tokyo as Luke and in the Tokyo production of Guys & Dolls as Nicely Nicely Johnson. His other credits include the role of Geni in the Japanese adaptation of the popular Brazilian Opera, Opera Do Malandro. Hiro will be back in Tokyo this fall where he will again play Angel in the Fall/Winter production reboot of Rent.
- Justin C. Jones (Trey) appeared in Ebony Magazine as one of Americas Top Black High School Seniors in 2007, and soon thereafter, appeared in television shows such as Fox's Glee, TNTs The Closer, and CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful, and is now successfully stepping into the music world as a R&B/Pop artist - with a high energy and amazingly up-tempo sound.