Middle Gentry

Middle Gentry

Middle Gentry

Emily Duke

Project Status:In Development, Seeking LA Lit representation.
Project Description:

Two privileged 21st century sisters (and classic white feminists) are transported back to 1832, where they discover, to their horror, that their family was middle class. Don’t get me wrong, Betsy and Louisa “Weezy” Rathborne are totally "woke" and spent half of their summer at the country club explaining the BLM movement to their grandmother. But, also, they routinely talk about how tacky the Kennedys are, and legitimately thought for most of their lives that everyone had a trust fund. It’s Schitt's Creek meets Dickinson.


Emily Duke is a writer, comedian, fat activist and born and raised, holier-than-thou New Yorker. She is currently attending USC School of Cinematic Arts for a Masters in Writing for Screen and Television.
Emily has worked on multiple productions - most recently, as a creative consultant for Embassy Row (Sony) on a pilot presentation for Peacock. Her personal essay regarding obesity and vaccine eligibility was one of the “most read” in Slate, she has appeared on Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, and been featured in The NYTimes, NewNowNext and Bust Magazine.
Emily loves carbohydrates and feels cosmically connected to Bette Midler. She is passionate about queer representation and fat acceptance.

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My creative process is: extroverted, curious, expansive.

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