“I believe in Crystal Light ‘cause I believe in me!” The jingle is now going to be stuck in my head all day with visions of 80s aerobics videos. 

Glamour. July 1984.

The aerobics fad of the ‘80s was defintely a major phenomenon. Everything from the 1981 Olivia Newton John “Let’s Get Physical” video (double entendre notwithstanding), to Great Shape Barbie from 1983 - the fitness craze was pretty much sweeping the nation, and of course marketers decided to capitalize on low-sugar, low-fat, diet products. Crystal Light was introduced in 1982 and was targeted toward health-conscious women, leotard, sweatband and all. 

Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek and Tatiana Maslany Join Ryan Murphy's 'Pose'
The FX pilot centers on the ball culture in 1980s New York City.

The FX pilot centers on the ball culture in 1980s New York City.

Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek and Tatiana Maslany have joined the pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in 1980s New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.

Peters and Mara, both of whom have worked with Murphy on American Horror Story, will play a New Jersey couple named Stan and Patty who get sucked into the glamor and intrigue of ‘80s New York City.

Van Der Beek will portray Stan’s financial kingpin boss. Maslany is set as a modern dance teacher who takes a special interest in the talent of Damon (previously announced cast members Ryan Jamaal Swain.)

Murphy and FX made history Wednesday when it was announced that the pilot will feature five transgender actors in a series regular roles – a scripted TV record. The castings came after a six-month nationwide casting call for the project.

Murphy co-created the show with frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story) and Steven Canals. Murphy’s People v. O.J. Simpson collaborators Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson as well as Alexis Martin Woodall (The Normal Heart, Feud, American Horror Story) and Sherry Marsh (Vikings) will exec produce the drama. Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions will co-produce.

If picked up to series, this would mark Murphy’s fourth at FX, joining anthologies American Crime Story, American Horror Story and Feud. He also the upcoming Fox drama 911, set to premiere midseason.

For Peters, the role comes after frequent starring roles on various iterations of American Horror Story, where he is currently starring in season seven. The actor, whose other credits include the X-Men franchise, is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

If picked up to series, Pose would be Mara’s first series regular role since Netflix’s House of Cards. In addition to appearing on the first season of AHS, her other credits include We Are Marshall, Shooter, Brokeback Mountain and the Fantastic Four reboot. She is repped by UTA, Mosaic, and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP.

Van Der Beek joins the Murphy-verse after most recently playing a fictional version of DJ Diplo in Vice’s first scripted series, What Would Diplo Do? The Paradigm-repped actor’s many other TV credits include Dawson’s Creek, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Criminal Minds and CSI: Cyber.

Pose would mark Maslany’s first TV role since Orphan Black ended its run in five-season run in August. She earned an Emmy award for best actress in a drama for her work in the BBC America series and also recently starred in the Boston Marathon drama Stronger. She is repped by ICM and The Characters in Canada.

Recently, a wedding invitation from 1916 came into my possession. It has haunted me since.

Some flicker of humanity named Grace Pearl Price lovingly wrote out a wedding invitation, one hundred and one years ago. She sent it off to somebody in Ohio, and that somebody probably went to the wedding and stashed the invitation in some box.

The box passed through time, going through each moment before that moment disintegrated into history and brought another moment forth. Countless moments. That box was temporary and then infinite, temporary, and then infinite, quiet and unobtrusive in an attic or closet, listening to the years fall by. 

That invitation held up to the weight of existence longer than Grace Pearl Price and Stanley Lamar Gerrish. That wedding invitation outlived the marriage. That infinite invitation is lying on my bed in the year 2017, with the love and the dust and the years still inside it. It’s insane. 

That invitation passed through the rise of cars, the rebellion of flapper girls, two world wars, the gangsters of the fifties, the explosion of television, the hippies and their drugs, the chaos of 1980s culture, the mom jeans and classic films of the 1990s, the oddities and surge of popularity of computers and cellphones during the early 2000s, the Ugg boots craze of the early 2010s; untold lives and spinning of humanity; and now it’s passing through me, my home, my hands, my life, before it goes on. It will outlive me, my existence, these dim times. 

The infinite invitation. Inviting all who find it to remember the wedding of Grace to her darling lover Stanley. All the way back in 1916.

I wonder if Grace knew what time-defying piece of humanity she had forged when she swept her pen eagerly across that envelope. I wonder if she knew what immortal she had birthed from ink and tender paper.

Thank you, Grace, for inviting me to your wedding. I accept.