“Middlemarch: The Series” – A New LGBTQ+ Web Series To Check Out

This May, a tiny group of Yale students finished production on a seventy-episode LGBTQ+ literary web series called “Middlemarch: The Series,” which is currently airing on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/middlemarchtheseries).

A gender-bent adaptation of George Eliot’s Victorian novel “Middlemarch,” the series follows a group of college students in the fictional town of Middlemarch, Connecticut, who set out to change the world and then have to figure out how to live in it. The series was produced over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, with a one-person crew and a one-thousand-dollar budget. The series was created, written, directed, shot, and edited by Rebecca Shoptaw (Yale ’18), the director behind a number of award-winning short films on YouTube focused on LGBTQ+ representation, and the series stars Mia Fowler (Yale ’20) as Dot Brooke.

More than anything, Shoptaw created the series because of her desire to get more positive LGBTQ+ representation onscreen. She found that by gender-bending a number of characters from the original novel, she could create a cast of LGBTQ+ characters who are at once lovable and deeply ordinary.

To learn more about the series, feel free to check out the “Middlemarch: The Series” IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6662498/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt), the official Tumblr (http://middlemarchseries.tumblr.com/), the “Middlemarch” section of the director’s website (https://www.rebeccashoptaw.com/middlemarch-the-series/), and/or the series Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/middlemarchseries), Twitter (@MiddlemarchShow), and Instagram (@middlemarchseries).

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