By Frank J. Avella
Directed by Frank J. Avella & Carlotta Brentan
November 8 – November 25
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM


presents: The World premiere of LURED

Written by FRANK J. AVELLA

Following it’s NYC run, the production will head to Europe where it will play at 2019 Onstage! American Theatre Festival in Rome, Italy.

 (New York, NY – August 30, 2018) – LURED, a brutal and honest depiction of gay persecution in Russia, written by Frank J. Avella, will have a world premiere 3-week run at Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) November 8-25, 2018. Following its New York run, the play will head to Europe where it was accepted into the Onstage! American Theater Festival in Rome, Italy, with performances there on January 25th & 26th 2019. LURED will be co-directed by Mr. Avella and Carlotta Brentan.

Based on factual accounts and events, LURED focuses on one particular Russian hate group’s attack on a young gay man and the repercussions that follow, when his loved ones decide to take action. The play depicts how these vigilantes lure and entrap LGBTQ people, humiliating and torturing them on camera. LURED wonders if hate is inherent or taught and whether revenge is ever the answer. In this current world climate, the play could not be timelier. LURED is for mature audiences only.

The production had its first NYC performances at the TNC Dream Up Festival in 2016. The following year, the play was chosen to take part in the 36th Annual William Inge Theater Festival (PlayLabs). LURED was a semi-finalist for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and has received a 2018 grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.

The cast will feature Ms. Brentan, Brendan Daugherty, John DiMino, Cali Gilman, Kalen J. Hall, Marc Lombardo & David Joseph Volino. With Lighting Design by David Shocket. Stage Manager, Emily Rose White. Fight Choreographer, Randall Rodriguez. Dialect Coach, Dayle Towarnicky.

Frank J. Avella (Author/Co-director) is the recipient of a 2018 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship. He was also awarded a 2015 Fellowship Award from the NJ State Council on the Arts, a 2016 Helene Wurlitzer Residency Grant and the Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation Playwright Award for Consent, which was a 2012 O’Neill semifinalist. His play, Vatican Falls, took part in the 2017 Planet Connections Festivity and Frank was nominated for Outstanding Playwriting. LURED was a 2018 O’Neill semifinalist. Frank has written many plays and screenplays.  He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Carlotta Brentan (Co-director) is a New York-based theater artist, specializing in fostering original play development as an actor, translator, and producer. Recent acting highlights: world premieres of Paolo Bignami’s The Journey I Never Made (Cherry Lane), Erik Ehn’s Clover (LaMaMa), Cyndy A. Marion’s You Are Perfect (WorkShop Theatre). Executive Producer of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival in New York. Training: AADA, Academy Company.