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Lured title
– World Premiere

Written by Frank J. Avella.
Directed by Rod Kaats.


Cameron August -- Evgeny
John BallValentin
Carlotta BrentanZhanna
Cali Gilman: Tatiana
Brian PattersonYuri
Dave StishanSergei
Ian WhittDmitry


Stage ManagerMario Merone
Associate ProducerChristine Cox
Social Media CoordJohn David West
Fight ChoreographerKris “Cappy” Caplinger

In Russia, vigilante groups lure gay men via social media and abduct them in order  to "out" them, humiliate them, often torture them. And these gangs capture the encounters on video to post on social media. Based on factual accounts and events, LURED adds a twist to these horrific acts.


Community Theater


Monday - September 5 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 10 - 2pm
Sunday - September 11 - 2pm
Monday - September 12 - 6:30pm
Thursday - September 15 - 6:30pm
Sunday - September 18 - 8pm

Running time: Lured is 60 Minutes $18.

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Playwright Frank Avella has been an active member in raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ community. "Lured" is set to be published in an anthology of LGBTQ plays by Adirondack Plays. In 2012, Avella's play "Consent" about bullying and homophobia was a semifinalist in the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. In 2013, his play "Vatican Falls," which explores events in the fallout of the Catholic church's sex abuse scandal, received a special mention from the conference. Avella is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the Dramatists Guild. He has written 19 full-length plays in his career, 10 of which have received staged productions.

Rod Kaats is a director, producer, writer and the artistic director of the Helen Hayes Theatre company, locating in Nyack, New York. Kaats worked on "The Ballad of Little Jo" with the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Program, and the musical was later awarded The Richard Rodgers Award and produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He was the general manager John Doyle's national tour of "Sweeney Todd," and served in similar roles productions of "American Psycho" and the Blue Man Group. Kaats has been chosen for the TCG New Artistic Directors Program, and had received a Charles H. Revson Directing Fellowship.


Occupy Pedophilia is one of many anti-LGBTQ vigilante groups to emerge in Russia following President Vladimir Putin's signing of Federal Law No. 135-FZ, which banned distributing information about same-sex relationships to children. The law effectively legalized discrimination against LGBTQ communities and individuals, and vigilante groups emerged seeking to get teachers and professors of the LGBTQ community fired. Many of these groups soon devolved into violent gangs, aimed at outing members of the LGBTQ community, specifically gay men, and humiliating and torturing them on video. These horrific videos were later posted to the Internet via social media sites. Occupy Pedophilia was formed by Maxim "Tesak" Martsinkevich, a former member of a neo-Nazi group with a criminal record of hate crimes. Although the initial surge of these groups has calmed, and media attention has dissipated, the problem of homophobia and vigilante gangs is still prominent, especially in urban environments.


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