Girl at a Bar is a short form scripted dramedy series created by Tracy Mulholland, inspired by her true story of going to bars alone once a week for a year in Los Angeles and her journey with Lyme disease. The first season of the show, five episodes of around ten minutes each, was filmed in fall 2022. The series premiered in September 2023 at several film festivals, winning Best Web Series at Studio City Film Festival and DTLA Film Festival. The project was made possible by Bay Area Lyme Foundation.
Tracy Mulholland, Osric Chau, Nikki DeLoach, Kausar Mohammed, Abby Wathen, Jake Choi, Alan Chow, Brandon Engman, Jared Fareed Ward, Lynn Chen, Mike Manning, Shazi Raja, Mayank Bhatter, Jeremy Tardy, Fray Forde, Kate Huffman, Katie Page, Todd Aaron Brotze
I wanted to use my story to create a series that raises awareness for Lyme disease in a unique, entertaining, and accessible way, giving voice to the millions of people suffering from Lyme, as well as those who suffer from the myriad other chronic and invisible illnesses that are rarely seen on screen.
More and more people are getting diagnosed with Lyme disease, close to half a million each year in the US alone, due to the rise in tick populations and lack of prevention. Approximately 2 million people in the US now live with chronic Lyme. Treatment and the reality of the condition continues to be difficult to understand and relay. My hope is by having a person on screen who has suffered from Lyme and showing them navigate life, love, career, and family with humor and humanity, we will raise awareness to help those suffering feel seen, prevent others from contracting the disease, and create empathy for journeys we may not be aware of or understand.
Tracy Mulholland is an actress, writer, producer, and singer living in Los Angeles, raised in Connecticut. She studied communications, musical theater, and business at Northwestern and started her career in production and acquisitions at Lionsgate. Tracy was a recurring role on FOR ALL MANKIND on Apple TV+, GORTIMER GIBBON'S on Amazon, and has been a lead in several Lifetime movies.
Tracy produced, wrote, and starred in the short film GRACE NOTE, with Yael Grobglas and directed by Alex Gayner, about her experience with Lyme disease. She produced the short film FIFTEEN YEARS LATER, directed by Manish Dayal, starring alongside Manish, Matt McGorry, and Rachel Brosnahan. Tracy began acting with scenes in CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. opposite Ryan Gosling and A THOUSAND WORDS opposite Eddie Murphy.
Additional Work Surrounding Lyme:
Short Film- Grace Note
Medium Article- Final Contingency on Love
Podcast Guest- The Lemon Grove Podcast
To support Tracy's further work to raise awareness for Lyme and chronic illness, please visit here.