A NEW PLAY BY FRANK J. AVELLA
BASED ON REAL EVENTS
LURED in ROME
On the heels of our sold-out, critically acclaimed World Premiere at Theater for the New City in New York in Fall 2018, Lured traveled to Rome, Italy in January 2019 to perform at the On Stage! American Theater Festival!
The festival also hosted a panel before the show with Italy-based LGBTQ Activists, regarding LGBTQ violations in Russia.
The audience reception to the show was mind-blowing, and the press thought the show "leaves us breathless, like a punch in the gut," the actors did "praiseworthy work," with LURED "leaving souls restless in its wake."
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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
The reviews are in for our 2018 New York City run - and they are RAVES!
GayCityNews calls LURED "potent and affecting", adding it is "among the most arduous and exhilarating 80 minutes I’ve spent at the theater in recent memory."
BoyCulture calls the show "revelatory," noting it "takes a piece of gay history and turns it into an examination of the human spirit, of the propensity for human good and evil... LURED is not an easy play to watch, but it is 70 minutes of truth."
Popdust calls LURED "all too prescient", noting that "by the end there is no way to not talk about this play and the uncomfortable facts of our reality it presents... The script is blistering. The performances, scalded. The direction, untempered and abrasive. It blazes a trail through the psyche that will not cool any time soon."
Theater That Matters says LURED is "timely, relevant to our political climate, and heart wrenching. There were audible gasps of outrage throughout this glimpse into Russian persecution. This is a prime example of Theater That Matters!"
Visit our PRESS/AUDIENCE page to read more!
ANNOUNCING TWO SPECIAL POST-SHOW EVENTS
LURED is happy to announce two special events that will follow its November 9th and November 17th performances at Theater for the New City in NYC.
The November 9th 8pm performance will be followed by a talkback about LGBTQ hate crimes worldwide and feature Human Rights Watch journalist Kyle Knight and LGBT RUSA co-president Lyosha Gorshkov.
The November 17th 8pm performance will be followed by a talkback led by Adam Feldman of Time Out NY about politically and socially conscious theatre with an LGBTQ emphasis. Guests include: Tony Speciale director/former AD of Abingdon Theatre Company.
LURED IS BACK!
LURED - a brutal new play by Frank J. Avella based on factual accounts of LGBTQ persecution in modern-day Russia - will see its World Premiere in New York City, November 8-25th, 2018. Tickets are now on sale!
The brand new production is directed by Frank J. Avella and Carlotta Brentan and features Brendan Daugherty, John DiMino, Cali Gilman, Kalen J. Hall, Marc Lombardo, David Joseph Volino and Carlotta Brentan.
LURED will then travel to Europe to be featured in the OnStage! American Theater Festival in Rome, Italy, in January 2019.
We're thrilled to announce that our Indiegogo campaign just wrapped - and we were successfully 110% Funded! Thank you to all of our incredible donors and supporters!
LURED was a Semi-Finalist for the 2018 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.
LURED was selected to to be featured in the New Play Lab of the 36th Annual William Inge Festival -- April 19-23, 2017 — in Independence, Kansas. Playwright Frank J. Avella was in attendance.
An early version of LURED played a special, sold-out limited engagement at the Dream Up festival at Theater for the New City in Summer 2016.
LURED is a non-profit project sponsored by Fractured Atlas - click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation and help bring this important story to the stage.