Private Project


Maggie runs a wildly successful #cottagecore aesthetic Instagram account from her childhood bedroom. She’s stuck between her perfectly crafted Instagram world and the somber reality of hospital bills and dry casserole that she inhabits with her mom. When she meets her number one fan, a barista named Lauren, she must decide whether she will face the truth of her life at home or disappear into her fantasy world forever.

  • Rebecca Wahls
  • Rebecca Wahls
  • Zachary Gross
  • Maggie Marie Rodgers
    Key Cast
  • Skye Lindberg
    Key Cast
  • Mary Lechter
    Key Cast
  • Mark Frazier
    Key Cast
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    Comedy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Rebecca Wahls

Rebecca Wahls (she/her) directs theatre, new media, and film. Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Rebecca is currently based in Washington, DC and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, PA where she is pursuing her MFA in Directing as a John Wells Directing Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.

Rebecca founded the non-profit theatre Who What Where Theater Collective, where she produced and directed two world premiere plays: Spills by Ruthie Rado and We Found the Wild Things by Andrew Reid. She also directed Monumental Theatre Company’s 4-time Helen Hayes Award nominated production of Pippin and worked as Artistic Coordinator for Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, where she led casting efforts, produced the Annual Benefit, and participated in literary committee activities.

Rebecca’s explorations in new media storytelling begin in 2018 with Midnight Tracks, an audio play by Zachary Wilcox with music and lyrics by Justin Sumblin, which is available exclusively on Who What Where’s mobile app. In 2020, she and writing partner Rebecca Ballinger co-created the socially distant comedy web series Rebecca and Becca in Space. As a part of CMU’s annual Playground festival of independent student work, she created Memory Card with playwright Alec Seymour, a 20-minute fully live digital horror piece.

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Director Statement

Loneliness abounds in the year 2021 as the world cautiously emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Maggie deals with the fallout of the pandemic and the personal losses she experienced by curating a perfect online persona, @miss_margaret_bennett, from her childhood bedroom. #cottagecore explores the difference between our online life and our daily life, inviting you to bring a a little bit of fantasy into your own reality.