Set in the 1980s, Pose is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene.
Mj Rodriguez plays “Blanca,” who, after a life threatening medical diagnosis, decides to take fate into her own hands and form a “house” — a self-selected family that provides safety and support to LGBT youth rejected by their birth family. "Along with the members of her newly established house, Blanca competes in the Underground Harlem Balls -- where house members challenge each other in various categories and are judged on their outfits, attitude, and/or dance skills -- against her former house mother and current rival, Elektra."
Dominique Jackson plays “Elektra Abundance,” the reigning queen of the ballroom community and house mother to “Candy” and “Lulu” played by Angelica Ross and Hailie Sahar.
Ryan Jamaal Swain plays “Damon,” an ambitious aspiring dancer from Allentown, Pennsylvania who moves to New York City after being kicked out of his home for being gay and becomes a part of Blanca’s house. He quickly discovers that the road to success is paved with failure.
Billy Porter plays “Pray Tell,” Grandfather to all the legendary children who compete in the house balls.
Indya Moore plays “Angel,” a Puerto Rican streetwalker who develops feelings for a new client, “Stan,” and discovers true love comes at a cost.
Evan Peters and Kate Mara play New Jersey couple “Stan” and “Patty,” who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. James Van Der Beek plays Peters’ financial kingpin boss “Matt.”
The show will feature the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles and the largest recurring LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted television series.
The transgender cast includes Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Also co-starring are Tony Award® winner Billy Porter as well as newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain and Dyllon Burnside.
Pose was written by co-creators and executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, with Murphy directing the first two episodes. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson also serve as executive producers alongside fellow executive producers Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh. Janet Mock, Our Lady J and Erica Kay will also serve as producers.
The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.