Music legend Cyndi Lauper (pictured above in Bones) has signed on for a “recurring guest role” in Amazon Studios’ upcoming series The Horror of Dolores Roach, Variety reports.
Justina Machado (The Purge: Anarchy), Alejandro Hernandez, Kita Updike, K. Todd Freeman, Marc Maron, Jean Yoon, Judy Reyes, and Jeffery Self will also star in the eight-episode series, which is based on the Gimlet podcast of the same name. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Dolores Roach (Machado) is released from prison after 16 years and returns to a severely-gentrified Washington Heights with $200 and the clothes on her back. Her boyfriend missing, her family long gone, Dolores reunites with an old stoner buddy, Luis (Hernandez), who gives her room and board and lets her give massages for cash in the basement under his dilapidated storefront Empanada Loca, the only remnant of her former life.
“When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, ‘Magic Hands Dolores’ is driven to shocking extremes to survive, and in the face of unexpected professional success, Dolores and Luis become dangerously symbiotic, and Luis must unleash his own peculiar predilections.”
Variety notes that Lauper will play Ruthie, “a Broadway theatre usher who moonlights as a private investigator and stirs up trouble for Dolores Roach.” Aaron Mark, writer and director of the original podcast, serves as co-showrunner and executive producer on the series alongside Dara Resnik.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)