Your 2017 Oscars Nominees

I don’t know about you, but I am super excited that it’s Oscars time again! I’m so happy to be back in LA for it, and thrilled to have been a part of CTV’s ETalk Oscars week! There are so many Canadian actors and talent nominated this year and they truly have some amazing content to share.

Their coverage of the red carpet tonight will be epic. Ben Mulroney is the most gracious, knowledgable person in the business and may I add, he’ll be looking quite sharp out there! I am already missing my new Canadian family but looking forward to my next CTV adventure. 

I figured I’d compile a list of our nominees so in case you haven’t seen them already or you just want to use it to follow along tonight, we have it! Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions. Also, you can follow me on twitter @teeco71 and also follow @etalkCTV for all the red carpet fun! 


BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

 

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Now Presenting Our 2017 SAGawards Nominees

I can’t believe it’s already SAG Awards time! The Oscars are just around the corner and I can’t wait to get to LA to celebrate all week. Tonight, I’ll be watching from home but I look forward to tweeting with all of you! Who are your favorites? What are your predictions? Do we think the speeches will be as controversial as they were at the Globes?

Here is a cheat sheet of nominees for us to follow. I’d love to hear your thoughts on here and of course later on Twitter!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, “Arrival”

Emily Blunt, “The Girl on the Train”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Captain Fantastic”

“Fences”

“Hidden Figures”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”

Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

John Turturro, “The Night Of”

Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Bryce Dallas Howard, “Black Mirror”

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

John Lithgow, “The Crown”

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”

Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Crown”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”

“Stranger Things”

“Westworld”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Black-ish”

“Modern Family”

“Orange is the New Black”

“Veep”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

“Game of Thrones”

“Marvel’s Daredevil”

“Marvel’s Luke Cage”

“The Walking Dead”

“Westworld”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Captain America: Civil War”

“Doctor Strange”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Jason Bourne”

“Nocturnal Animals”

Your 2017 Golden Globes Nominees

It’s that time again! Golden Globes and awards season. There are so many talented people nominated this year and I feel like we are really stepping up the game with the addition of competition from cable networks and online streaming but I don’t think we can count network TV out, ever. Just look at the amazing shows we enjoy. I’m hoping the trent of improvement continues and the trend of Social TV strengthens. I enjoy live tweeting with all of you during our favorite shows and especially throughout awards season.

I will be tweeting the Golden Globes tonight from red carpet and throughout the show using #etalkGLOBES from home but I will be headed to LA for Oscars and lots of other fun stuff this year. I hope you all continue to follow along and participate in the events and festivities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our nominees for tonight. See you online!!

FILM:

Best Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joe Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

 Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams – Arrival

Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical

20th Century Women

Florence Foster Jenkins

Deadpool

Sing Street

La La Land

Best Actor, Comedy/Musical

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill – War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld – Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone – La La Land

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel – Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

Original Score, Motion Picture

Moonlight

La La Land

Arrival

Lion

Hidden Figures

Best Foreign Language Film

Divines

Elle

Neruda

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

Best Animated Film

Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

Sing

Zootopia

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls

“City of Stars” – La La Land

“Faith” – Sing

“Gold” – Gold

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

TELEVISION:

Best Comedy/Musical

Atlanta

Black-ish

Mozart in the Jungle

Transparent

Veep

Best Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This is Us

Westworld

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

The People vs. OJ Simpson

Best Actor, Drama

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath

Rami Malek – Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress, Drama

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander

Claire Foy – The Crown

Keri Russell – The Americans

Winona Ryder – Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Actor, Comedy

Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Nick Nolte – Graves

Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce

Issa Rae – Insecure

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Best Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of

Bryan Cranston – All the Way

John Turturro – The Night Of

Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager

Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Felicity Huffman – American Crime

Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling – London Spy

Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager

John Lithgow – The Crown

Christian Slater – Mr. Robot

John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Colman – The Night Manager

Lena Headey – Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz – The Is Us

Mandy Moore – This Is Us

Thandie Newton – Westworld

That Golden Girls Show is night of nostalgic fun!

Did you know the Golden Girls are back in puppet form? That Golden Girls Puppet Show is running right now at the DR2 Theatre in NYC and it’s an experience any Golden Girls fan should not miss!

Anyone who knows me or follows me on social media knows I am a huge Golden Girls fan. I can quote lines from the show on demand and I sometimes sneak it into conversation or use lines in my own daily dialogues. I had heard there was a puppet show based on the Golden Girls and put in on my “must do” list and shortly after I received an invitation to attend one of the preview shows. I will tell you that the second I read the email, I did not hesitate to respond.

The first thing that got me upon walking into the theater was the set. The living room and kitchen look EXACTLY like they did in the show. I immediately felt like I was at home and at this moment I hoped the evening would be everything the show has been. One of the reasons the Golden Girls was always so special to me is because I used to watch it with my late grandmother. I also watched with my parents and I still do when I visit them. Most nights, I fall asleep with the girls on and when TV Land has a Golden Girls marathon I’ll admit I get a bit too wrapped up in them. Don’t expect me to be ready to go anywhere too early on a Sunday!  You can find them in syndication on Logo, TV Land, and Hallmark Channel all times of the day and night which has made the show available to multiple generations even decades after it went off the air.

The Original show aried from 1985 – 1992 on NBC and was part of the Thursday night line up but then moved to Saturday nights. One description of the Golden Girls reads “Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.” But any true fan of the show knows it was about so much more. They tackled issues like gay marriage, infidelity, agism, women’s rights, gay rights, addiction, homelessness, and politics.
The original cast included Bea Arthur (Dorothy Zbornak), Betty White (Rose Nylund), Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux), and Estelle Getty (Sophia Petrillo) with Herb Edleman as Dorothy’s ex-husband Stan Zbornak.
The puppet version of the girls definitely live up to their TV counterparts and the cast consists of Weston Chandler Long as Dorothy (This particular night Dorothy was played impeccably by Michael LaMasa down to Bea Arthur’s manerisms), Arlee Chadwick as Rose, Cat Greenfield as Blanche, Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia, and Zach Kononov as Stan.
Tickets are available now through the end of the year so if you are in New York City or plan to be, you should consider experiencing this evening of laughter and nostalgia. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/That-Golden-Girls-Show-A-Puppet-tickets/artist/2276879#artist_table_focus.
They even recreated the theme song sequence from the original show:

You’ll be leaving the theater feeling good and singing “Thank you for being a friend” for sure!

 

Let Frank J Avella LURE you into Learning about the Plight of others

From the moment I read the press release for the play LURED, I wanted to see it. I immediately researched the writer, Frank J Avella which made me want to talk to him. As luck would have it, I was invited to see the play this coming Sunday and I was given the opportunity to interview Frank as well. I will bring you a review of the play after but I didn’t want to wait to share the interview with you. I know you will find Frank as interesting and passionate about social injustice as I did. I’m hoping it encourages you to find out more about him, his projects, and that it makes you want to see LURED as soon as you can.

Projects like this make me proud to spell my name LGBT. I love artists who get Social Good and make it part of their mission. Entertainment can educate, change the world, and give a voice to the voiceless.

Here is the press release that started it all:

NEW YORK, NY, August 22, 2016 – LURED, a new play by Frank J. Avella that explores the persecution of gays in Russia, will be presented in the 2016 Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director). 

Based on factual accounts and events, LURED focuses on a Russian hate group’s attack on a young gay man and its repercussions. The play brutally depicts how these vigilantes lure and entrap LGBT people, humiliating and sometimes torturing them on camera.

“In Russia, in the last several years, gays have been persecuted and tortured, with the blessing of the Russian government and Russian-Orthodox Church,” said Avella. “The play reveals some of the shocking ways in which vigilante groups are involved in LGBT persecution.”

The cast of LURED features Cameron August, John Ball, Carlotta Brentan, Cali Gilman, Brian Patterson, Dave Stishan, and Ian Whitt.

LURED is directed by Rod Kaats. Christine Cox is the associate producer. David Shocket is the lighting designer. Fight choreography is by Kris “Cappy” Caplinger. John David West is the social media coordinator. Mario Merone is the stage manager.

Frank J. Avella (Author) received a 2015 Fellowship Award from the NJ State Council on the Arts for his play Consent, which was a semi-finalist for the 2012 O’Neill and will be published by Adirondack Plays as part of an LGBTQ anthology this winter. He is the recipient of a 2016 Helene Wurlitzer Residency Grant & Bumbalo/Chesley Foundation Playwright Award, also for Consent, which confronts bullying and homophobia. Frank has written 19 full-length plays. Vatican Falls, set against the backdrop of the Catholic sex abuse scandal, will have its World Premiere in February of 2018 in Malta. His other work includes:Lured, For Mamma, Michael’s #1 Fan and Orville Station (published in the UK by Lazy Bee Scripts). Upon reviewing Frank’s farce Iris, the Cincinnati Post wrote: “Avella’s plays tend to send earthquakes through his audience’s comfort zones.” He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Rod Kaats (Director) directed Marvin’s Room (with T.R. Knight) and Company (with Norm Lewis & Donna McKechnie) at the Helen Hayes Theatre Company in Nyack, NY (where he was also the Artistic Director).  He directed Neil’s Garden at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and wrote and directed The Ballad of Little Jo in The Harold Prince Musical Theatre Program, a new musical that was subsequently awarded The Richard Rodgers Award and produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Rod produced the West Coast production of Silence! The Musical and What You Will starring Roger Rees at American Conservatory Theatre. TCG New Artistic Directors Program, Charles H. Revson Directing Fellowship, Lincoln Center Lab Director, Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop.

Performances will be held on Mon., Sept. 5th at 6:30pm, Sat., Sept. 10th & Sun., Sept. 11th at 2PM, Mon., Sept. 12th & Thurs., Sept. 15th at 6:30PM and Sun., Sept. 18th at 8PM.

Tickets ($18) can be purchased online at www.LuredThePlay.com or by calling 212-864-4444. LURED is recommended for mature audiences.

Theatre for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue between East 9th and 10th Streets, NYC. Subways: 6 (Astor Place), L (1st Av), N, R (8th St – NYU).  

For more information visit www.LuredThePlay.com or call 973-715-2356.

Here is our interview! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!

Q: Tell us a little about your project LURED.

Frank J Avella: LURED is a pretty honest and brutal portrayal of the Russian persecution of gays that began in late 2012 and reached epidemic levels in 2014.

The play blends real events and characters with a few fictional twists, telling the story of one hate group’s attack on a young gay man and the repercussions that follow. The play shoes how these vigilantes lure and entrap LGBT people, humiliating and sometimes torturing them on camera, hoping to ruin their lives by getting them fired from their jobs and shunned by their communities and families. We don’t pull any punches so audiences should be warned about the violence in the piece.

I just came from the last rehearsal and the actors are just electrifying.

Q: With current events at the Olympics where gay athletes were outed many of us were reminded why it isn’t always safe for some to live their truth, even now. What were your thoughts during that? 

Frank J Avella: What that journalist did was irresponsible because he did not take into account the realities of the situation in MANY countries around the world–That homophobia is still a part of the fabric of many cultures and outing someone could destroy their careers and even put their lives at risk.

Sure, things have significantly changed here in the U.S., but it happened very quickly and should not be taken for granted. I  think it’s a mistake to feel too secure–even here. If some right wing loon is ever elected president, we could find ourselves in another lavender scare situation. I’m not advocating that LGBTQ people should cower in fear, I’m saying we need to continue to be loud and proud and demand to be accepted and celebrated (not tolerated). But we also need to be aware that there are places where homosexuality is still considered abnormal and where outing could endanger lives. It’s called empathy.

Q: It surprises me to see the criticism entertainers get for coming out late like we’ve seen with Colton Haynes. I’ve always felt coming out was a very personal experience and we each have a different journey. What do you make of it all? 

Frank J Avella: I see both sides. And I am just speaking specifically about Western countries. On the one hand it is a very intimate thing that each person should have the luxury of dealing with their own way in their own time. But when you have someone who, say, is a closeted conservative politico voting against LGBT rights issues, that person should be outed. And I would go one step further and advocate outing certain big name celebrities who “refuse to do a same-sex kiss” onscreen or turn down any film with a gay theme. I think that hypocritical behavior hurts us.

Haynes wasn’t doing any harm to anyone by taking his time and coming out his way. The criticism against him was unfair. But we live in social-media-blather-frenzy times where everyone has to bitch about everything.

Q: How does it feel to have your work presented at the Dream Up Festival?

Frank J Avella: I am thrilled because Michael Scott-Price, the awesome Dream Up Festival Director, is all about the art and believing in the work. Dream Up is a great place for this brand new play to be birthed and there are less than 2 dozen plays chosen so there’s less of a chance to get lost in the mix. I’m so happy we have this opportunity.

Q: This is not the first time you’ve tackled tough issues. Your play Consent confronted the problems of bullying and homophobia. Do you feel a responsibility to address these issues in your work and do you feel we all should explore these social good topics more?

Frank J Avella: In the last decade my work has turned more to social issues and themes and I think it’s made me a stronger dramatist. I’ve been so angered and appalled by so much and the only talent I have is to write about it. When Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge, it was such a wakeup call for me. How was it that in this day and age a young gay man would rather die than have people know he was attracted to men? How could that happen? That was the reason I set out to write about bullying and CONSENT was the result. I am damn proud of that play.

VATICAN FALLS came about because I felt that certain themes surrounding the Catholic sex abuse scandal needed to be explored but no one was doing it (and still isn’t) for fear of pissing off the Church. Even SPOTLIGHT, as great as it was, played it way too safe with the storytelling. Has any institution ever gotten away with the rape and torture of hundreds of thousands of children in the history of the history???

I will get off my soap box now but these are questions that need to be asked.

And I do feel that we should explore more social topics in theatre. I get in trouble for bitching about certain types of shows constantly being tossed onto the great white way because there’s built in tourist money but that’s only because I truly believe that if you give audiences a well-written and acted socially relevant play, they will come and they will leave with something to think about, and talk about. And they will want to see more.

Q: Where can we find out more about you and your work online? 

ImpetusEnsemble.com there is a ton about past work.

https://newplayexchange.org/users/5582/frank-j-avella there is a breakdown of my newest work.

And

LUREDTHEPLAY.com is all about LURED.

 Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?  

Frank J Avella: I cannot live without writing. It gives me such great joy.

And to paraphrase the great John Lennon, I wish we could all live without religion.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Who was it from?

Frank J Avella: Stephen Sondheim who once told me that I should just write and not worry too much about what I was writing or whether it was any good but to just keep writing.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve even given? Are you good at taking your own advice? 

Frank J Avella: To take all criticism and then break it down from where it is coming from and apply it accordingly. For instance, comments from people you know want you and your work to succeed should be heard and seriously contemplated.

Am I good at taking my own advice? Sometimes. I try to be.

Q: What’s up next for Frank J Avella and LURED? 

Frank J Avella: We truly are hoping to give LURED a life beyond the Festival and we are hard at work doing our best to make that happen. Sometimes it’s just about getting the right people to read and/or attend your work. The entire process of people getting on board this particular endeavor has been so gratifying. Most everyone HAD to be a part of this play. You don’t often find that. It’s been a blessing.