Kate Warren and her husband, Yanni Kotsonis, separated in early 2016. But they didn’t exactly go their separate ways.
Until January, Ms. Warren, an actor, and Mr. Kotsonis, a professor of Russian history at New York University, continued living together with their three children in a 1,000-square-foot rental in Greenwich Village. Ms. Warren claimed the primary bedroom; Mr. Kotsonis slept on the couch in the living room.
The couple, who married in 1998, and whose children were then 9, 12 and 17, briefly considered selling their weekend house in the Catskills to cover the costs of renting a second apartment in the city, but backed off when it became clear that the proceeds from a sale would be insufficient. They also thought about tapping into Mr. Kotsonis’s retirement account or the children’s 529 college-savings plans.
Instead, they decided to be apart together — a situation that inspired “Messy,” a dark comedy web series created by and starring Ms. Warren. “It was,” she acknowledged, “an unusual situation.”