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At the premiere at Videology Bar and Cinema in Brooklyn, N.Y., are from left, executive producer Emily Marquet (Reston native), series director Danny Gorman, co-creator Taylor Williams (UMW alum, Richmond), co-creator Magan Carrigan (UMW alum, Stafford), writer Maggie Bausch (UMW alum, Warrenton), writer Peter Mumford (UMW alum, Alexandria), production designer Shelley Richards (Fredericksburg native) and composer Kana Zink (Fredericksburg native). Submitted

 A former Stafford resident has launched a comedic web series loosely based on her life, with the help of a few Fredericksburg-area friends.

Magan Carrigan – a New Orleans native who graduated from Colonial Forge High School in 2007 and the University of Mary Washington in 2011 – created and stars in “Solid 8.” The web series centers on a woman living in New York City, barely hanging on.

“She’s trying to figure out who and what she wants to be,” said Carrigan of her character, Nicki, in an email.

Carrigan, who earned a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. And now she’s working hard on the web series, named affectionately for the group’s production company, Solid 8 Productions.

Much of the series’ focus is on the character’s difficulties with living and working as an actor in NYC, Carrigan said. Although the plot is based in NYC, the web series has deep roots in Virginia, she explained.

Carrigan’s creative team includes several UMW alumni, including her co-creator Taylor Williams, of Richmond.

Kana Zink, a Fredericksburg musician, composed original music for the show, and more local musicians donated music to one of the series’ three episodes now on YouTube, Carrigan said.

Warrenton resident Maggie Bausch and Alexandria resident Peter Mumford, writers on the series, are both UMW alumnus; and Shelley Richards, a Fredericksburg native, is a production designer for the show.

Mechanicsville native Michael Bergamo wrote the show’s theme music and created merchandise; Emily Marquet of Reston is the series’ executive producer; and Danny Gorman, of New York City, directs the web series and plays Justin in the show.

In order to make the episodes the group has released on YouTube so far, its members raised $15,000 on the website, Indiegogo.

“It was incredibly hard work to raise that much money while working full time to pay rent,” Carrigan said. “…I'm still amazed when I think about the hard work and dedication it took to get this show finished. …I'm blown away by the dedication of everyone on our team because every single part of this process has felt so hard, but it also has felt so great because we're accomplishing something really cool together.”

To watch the web series, visit solid8series.com or search for it on YouTube.

Also visit magancarrigan.com to learn more.

Tracy Bell can be reached at tbell@staffordcountysun.com.

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