Check out what The Grand Resort and Spa has been up to

SOUTH FLORIDA’S VERY OWN THE GRAND RESORT AND SPA IS A NEW PROUD SPONSOR OF VH1’S “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” SEASON NINE PREMIERE!

I’m so proud of and happy for my friends at the Grand Resort and Spa! Can’t wait to head back May 19th to the 22nd! You can even join me, learn more here: http://www.teeco71.com/?s=grand+resort&submit

Look at what they’ve been up to:

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Saturday, March 25, 2017: RuPaul’s Drag Race kicked off their season nine premiere on VH1 on Friday, March 24th at 8:00 pm EST.  During its first episode, Emmy Awarder Winner, RuPaul awarded contestant, Nina Bo’nina Brown, a trip to Fort Lauderdale Beach’s, The Grand Resort and Spa. The prize included a one week stay, for two, in the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Grand Penthouse that boasts an 800 square foot private, ocean view terrace with a Jacuzzi and outdoor shower. Also included in this prize package will be airfare for two, and a complimentary massage and facial. The total prize value of $6,000.  Casey Koslowski, Proprietor of The Grand, states that he looks forward to seeing Nina and his guest, at his award winning spa-resort and sunning themselves on Fort Lauderdale Beach very soon!

The Grand Resort and Spa is Fort Lauderdale’s premiere gay-owned and operated men’s spa-resort that first opened in 1999. With 33 well-appointed rooms and suites, it is located just steps from the beach and convenient to all of Fort Lauderdale’s attractions and nightlife. As Fort Lauderdale’s first gay resort with its own full-service day spa and hair studio, they offer guests an experience that is unique and wonderfully indulgent. From a relaxing Swedish massage to a haircut before your night on the town, the talented staff can accommodate all your needs – guaranteed to “Exceed Expectations.” A sample of the property’s awards and accolades include “Certificate of Excellence, Hall of Fame” – TripAdvisor; “Editor’s Choice” – Man About World; “#1 in Fort Lauderdale” – Pink Choice Award; “Best Small Hotel or Resort in the World” – Out Traveler Award Winner; “Top 10 Resorts” – The Travel Channel; “One of the top 10 gay-owned spas in the United States” – Out Traveler Magazine; “USA TODAY 10 BEST” – USA TODAY.

At The Grand Resort and Spa, guests will experience first class service from their elite staff members providing a vast knowledge of the South Florida region, which includes the world famous “gayborhood,” Wilton Manors.  Some of the fantastic amenities for guests include free Wi-Fi, continental & hot breakfast catered daily (available while supplies last) and no hidden “resort fees.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race previously announced this season’s celebrity guest judges which included in the first episode, Lady Gaga.  The 13 previously announced Queens include: Aja, Alexis Michelle, Charlie Hides, Eureka, Farrah Moan, Jaymes Mansfield, Kimora Blac, Nina Bo’nina Brown, Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé, Trinity Taylor, and Valentina. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season nine is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers.  Tim Palazzola serves as Executive Producer for Logo.

For reservations and information on The Grand Resort and Spa, visit their website www.grandresort.net or call 1-800-818-1211 ֪– 24 hours, 7 days a week. For up-to-date “The Grand Resort and Spa” news and exclusives, join the “The Grand Resort and Spa” Facebook page or follow #GrandResortSpa on Twitter at @GrandResortSpa. Follow along on our Instagram page by searching for GrandResortSpa.  For marketing and public relations, please contact Edward Otto Zielke at edward@grandresort.net.

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.

‘Troy’s Big Break’ speaks volumes for a community that is often under-represented

Joseph Ausanio is an actor, screenwriter, and creator of the webseries ‘Troy’s Big Break’. Joseph also happens to be deaf but he does NOT allow that to keep him from doing all the things he dreams of and he encourages us all to follow suit. Another thing you should know about Joseph is that he is a gay man who is representing in such a positive way.

The unique thing about ‘Troy’s Big Break’ is there are no spoken lines. Almost all of the dialogue is signed and there are captions for those of us who do not speak sign language. You really have to check it out for yourself! Here is a little about the show and Joseph as only he can tell you:

Q: Can you talk a little about Troy’s Big Break?

Joseph Ausanio: Absolutely! It’s a unique show because it showcases Deaf talent. It’s about a Deaf director who faces different types of life challenges while looking for the perfect actress for his production. Things start to unfold to show what’s going on in his life.

Q: What has the response to the show been so far from the deaf community as well as the hearing community?

Joseph Ausanio: It’s pretty popular with the Rochester, NY folks, because that is where we filmed the show. And the people know us there. Rochester also has a large D/deaf community there and it’s truly a nice thing. The people who watched the show always approach the cast members and let them know that they are fans of the show.  That really means a lot.  I had hearing people messaging me saying that it was so different from the other things they watched because they’re so used to seeing shows with a full hearing cast, but the reception from them has been really positive.

Q: What guest stars would you like to have on the show?

Joseph Ausanio: Ooh, this is a tough one. I’d love to have Marlee Matlin on the show. She’s one of my inspirations. I would LOVE to get Amber Zion on the show. She’s an incredibly gifted Deaf actress and I love her work. I would also love to get Rikki Poynter, who’s a super awesome YouTube vlogger and I love her videos. She’s not afraid to speak out and I have tremendous respect for her for doing that.

I’d also love to see Kelsey Lindhorst’s character faint when she sees Nyle DiMarco show up in an episode. That’d be hilarious. Or even Troy’s mom to go out on a date with him! (Think Sophia Petrillo going on a date with Burt Reynolds in an episode of “The Golden Girls”)

I’m all about showcasing more Deaf talent out there.

Q: Who were some of your idols/role models growing up?

Joseph Ausanio: First, Marlee Matlin, because she inspired me to become an actor growing up. Also, Lucille Ball is one of the greatest comediennes I’ve ever watched. When I first saw her on TV, I couldn’t walk away from the television. She never fails to make me laugh every time I watch “I Love Lucy”. I admire her so much.

Q: Do you think we will see more shows that involve hearing impaired characters like Switched at Birth and your show? 

Joseph Ausanio: I REALLY hope so. I would love to write a TV series for any network that features characters that are D/deaf because I want to support diversity. We have millions of Deaf people in the world and it would be great to do more shows for them.

Q: What would you say to others who are trying hard to make their dreams come true and trying to overcome some obstacle they have no control over?  

Joseph Ausanio: I would say this:

“If you want to make it happen, do it. If you want to travel all over the world, go for it. If you want to make movies, do it.  Don’t wait for things to simply fall in your lap. I learned this life lesson the hard way. Just listen to your heart. If you want to follow your dreams, now is the time.”

Q: What made you decide to create a character who is also gay?

Joseph Ausanio: The reason why I decided to create a gay character was because the LGBT #DeafTalent felt that they weren’t always showcased, so I wanted to showcase them more.

Q: What would you say to those out there who are dealing with issues around coming out? Both in the deaf community and in the hearing community?

Joseph Ausanio: I remember when I came out, it was very scary. I was 19 and in college. I broke up with my ex-girlfriend and I was slowly coming out to a few close friends and then my family members. My family and friends are incredibly supportive and I feel fortunate for that. For the others, I want them to know that they are not alone in this. I can’t speak for other people, because we all have different experiences. I can say that no matter what, you will always get support from the LGBT community and their allies. If they’re scared, I’m here to talk. I want to lend a hand to provide support. We have a big support system. We have a lot of LGBT people and the allies in our Deaf community and we are so incredibly supportive of each other, and the same goes for the hearing community.

Q: What is the best advice you have ever received? Who was it from?

Joseph Ausanio: I had a great pep talk with a dear friend two weeks before he unexpectedly passed away; he was incredibly supportive of my dreams of moving to Los Angeles.  He said, “Seize the day.” He was right.

Q: What is the best advice you have ever given? Are you normally good at taking your own advice?

Joseph Ausanio: I’m bad at taking my own advice, but I try to give great advice to people. I would tell them, “Life is way too short to be unhappy.  Never give up your dreams even through the tough times, when you realize how strong you truly are.  Nothing….nothing is impossible.”

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

Joseph Ausanio: I can’t live without my family, who have been my rock.  I wish we could all live without hate and violence;  there is way too much of that in the world right now.

Q: Where can we find you and your show online?

Joseph Ausanio: You can find me on Twitter via @JosephAusanio and you can find Troy’s Big Break’s Twitter page via @TroysBigBreak. We also have a Facebook page of the show. You can also find the full episodes on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/troysbigbreak. All of the episodes are captioned for the D/deaf and hearing audiences.

Q: What’s up next for Joseph Ausanio and Troy’s Big Break?

Joseph Ausanio: I am hoping to do a third season of “Troy’s Big Break”. I have the season premiere’s script written already. I’m planning to chat with my cast & crew to see if they’re game.  I work with the most amazing people – both cast and crew.  They have all taught me a lot.   I wrote a few pilot scripts here and there. I’m always writing new stuff.

I recently wrote a feature screenplay that focuses on a Deaf woman and her struggles with life and love. I’m hoping that it might catch someone’s attention because the story is so powerful. I gave it to an actress I want for that role and she loved the script.  Maybe something will come of it soon.

JASON DOTTLEY LAUNCHES “THE LOVE STORY PROJECT” ON INDIEGOGO (Official Press Release)

Jason Dottley has never been shy about sharing his own life and especially his opinions.  He has been someone who has lent his voice and his celebrity status to help others be heard.  So it is no surprise to me that coming off of the recent success of his single, “It’s Our Night,” he had the idea to make a project that could involve his fans in his next video for the song “Love Story” from his upcoming album.  In true Jason Dottley fashion, the project started with a spark, became a flame (no pun intended), and is now well on its way to being a blaze!  The video for “It’s Our Night” was truly more of a Film Noir than a music video so Jason is sure to achieve his goal of bringing back the lost art of music video making.  I am happy to share this with you.  Please check out the official press release to learn more about The Love Story Project and how you can be involved. Feel free to share it with all of your friends too!

OUT 100 MEMBER, TOP 20 BILLBOARD ARTIST, TV STAR AND GAY ACTIVIST, JASON DOTTLEY, LAUNCHES “THE LOVE STORY PROJECT” ON INDIEGOGO

JOINING GAY COUPLES AROUND THE WORLD
TO TELL OUR GREATEST LOVE STORY
ALL IN THE NAME OF EQUALITY

 (New York, NY – April 15, 2013) – Top 20 Billboard Recording Artist and Sordid Lives The Series Star Jason Dottley is bringing his next single “Love Story” to life through The Love Story Project, a worldwide endeavor to gather thousands of submitted images of gay couples and incorporate them into a mini-movie music video for “Love Story.” The main storyline will be Dottley in his own beautiful, gay love story; the end product being a stunning display of gay love to the world, from around the world.

Determined to use the incredible voice the gay community has given him and the many platforms at his fingertips, Jason Dottley is ready to stand up and lead a revolution driven by love for the sake of equality,  “When you are given a loud voice, you have an obligation to speak strongly for the issues that affect and are important to you.”

Imagine that you are 15 and gay, afraid of being who you are, unsure of what gay means, uncertain of what gay or even gay love looks like.  Now imagine seeing a video with thousands of pictures of real-life gay couples in love. Picture those images set against a touchingly beautiful Love Story of two men lost in the magic of their own love story. Would you feel nearly as alone, scared or confused after seeing this?

The Love Story Project is already in action.  After only a few days of Facebook posts about the project, Dottley has received over 200 images from multiple continents, all ages, races, even families.  Many of the images are already posted on the The Love Story Project’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jasonslovestoryproject .

Launching this week on Facebook, Dottley will be sharing videos he’s being sent from couples, each telling their own love story.  Dottley is also Skyping with many gay couples and interviewing them about their life and their love story.

“Putting a face on gay has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to change the minds of those who don’t understand the issues at hand with gay rights.  We have made great progress in shining a light on the face of gay, now I believe it’s time to shine an even brighter light on the many faces of gay love.”

Jason is releasing the title track of his 2 part album, “Love Story: Act 1,” as the soundtrack to The Love Story Project.

The Love Story Experience will be a multimedia event with beloved members of the gay community performing and discussing love and equality, and videos from gay couples telling their love stories, all building up to Dottley performing “Love Story: Act 1” in its entirety while telling the stories behind the songs.  “Love Story: Act 1” chronologically tells the story of Dottley’s goodbye to his ex-husband of ten years (“I Stopped Being Good For You”), into his months of emotional escape (“Cocaine & Whiskey”), loneliness like he’s never known (“Find Love”), falling madly in love again (“It’s Our Night”, “Heaven in the Dark”), the dream of that affair going all the way (“Love Story”) and ends with Dottley finally having to say goodbye to his new lover (“LoveDance”).  This is the only time Dottley’s discussed his divorce publicly and as he has stated since the news broke, “My divorce isn’t something I’ve be willing to speak about to the press.  Why?  Because I’m an artist, and when you go through the most intense experience in your adult life, your art will surely tell the story for you.”  The first “Love Story Experience” will be at XL Cabaret in New York City, Tuesday, July 30th. (On-sale dates, guests artists and other information being released next week.)

Using crowd sourcing site Indiegogo.comJason is set to raise $25K to fund The Love Story Project. With 22 days left on the campaign, the time to support and spread the word is now.

With over a million YouTube views, Top 20 Billboard and Top 10 UK Music Week hit records to his credit, a current record out now, “It’s Our Night” (video has been viewed nearly 500,000 times) which is set to debut on Billboard in two weeks and given early feedback, will be Dottley’s biggest record to date, Dottley has the potential to take the “The Love Story Project” and its profound message worldwide.   Supported by US dance music record promoter Brad LeBeau, UK and Europe Power Promotions, the single and music video are bound to touch audiences around the globe and show the beauty in gay love, the many faces of gay relationships, and eventually make a difference in the fight for equality.

In his new album,  Dottley writes, “Love is all we’ve got.  Love is all we need.  Love will change the world.  Love is everything.” 

 

“Love Story” the single and video will be released June 11th to coincide with Gay Pride Month.  The full album “Love Story: Act 1” will be released July 30th.

Hashtag pictures of yourself and your lover on Instagram and Twitter with #LoveStory.  And if you are interested in submitting a picture or video to the project, simply visit the IndieGoGo page (link below).

Support Jason Dottley’s mission to change the world through love and raise $25K for The Love Story Project on Indiegogo, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jason-dottley-s-the-love-story-project

Follow him on Twitter  www.twitter.com/jasondottley , like him on Facebook www.facebook.com/officialjdot, and keep an eye on his Instagramwww.instagram.com/jasondottley.

 

For more information, and to stay up to date on Jason please log onto www.jasondottley.com.

 

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Fans Are Giving the Webseries EASTSIDERS the Green Light

There are so many exciting things going on today with Webseries, Indie projects, and WebTV.  Almost daily, I come across a new show emerging via my social networks.  I have recently found such a gem, EASTSIDERS,  which is written and directed by the amazing Kit Williamson and stars the talent of Van Hansis, Matthew McKelligon, Constance Wu, and John Halbach. Kit does triple duty by being a part of the talented cast as well.  It reminds me of shows I loved like Will and Grace and Queer as Folk. The scripts are full of witty dialogue but there are touching moments along the way, as well as some shocking ones.  I think most people will relate to the situations and find much to laugh about.

As with all Indie projects, there is a way for the audience to get involved and help the series to be even better by helping with production costs.  The great thing about all Webseries is that they are driven by the support of fans.  Once you check out the series, please head over to their Kickstarter page to see how you can help and the awesome rewards that are being offered.  Here is the official description of the series and our interview. I hope you head over to all their pages to find out more and consider jumping in on the Kickstarter campaign.

What happens after the world ends? Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, ”EastSiders” explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake.  When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?

Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.   Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.  Stephen Guarino guest stars as a party promoter throwing one last bash before the apocalypse.

Q: Tell me a little about EASTSIDERS.

A: EastSiders is a dark comedy about a gay couple dealing with the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, CA.

Q:  Is there more freedom in webseries when it comes to character development as far as exploring sexuality?

There is definitely more freedom in general on the web because it’s still driven by content creators.  When you’re truly independent you
have the ability to call the shots much more than when you’re forced to reconcile your vision with someone else’s ideas about the story.
Sometimes you can get caught in a kind of vacuum, though, so I think it’s important to pay attention to what viewers are responding to and
keep things as interactive as possible.

Q: This one is for Kit: Being a very successful playwright, do you find webseries to be more similar to theater than traditional television is?

A: I don’t know if all web shows are closer to theater than traditional television, but mine certainly is.  I tend to write dialogue driven scenes and I think that works well in a 10-15 minute format.

Q: The show is being called the next ‘Queer As Folk’, any plans to bring along some of the actors from that show?

A: Wow!  That’s such a huge compliment.  ’Queer As Folk’ was such an amazing, groundbreaking show.  I was a fan of both the British and the American version.  We’ve pretty much got our cast squared away but I’d jump at the chance to work with any of those actors.

Q: You had a very successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $15K. Do you think fans are becoming more involved in the shows/projects they enjoy or know they will enjoy?  How did the success of the campaign make you feel?

A: I think fans are definitely becoming more involved in green-lighting web content.  It’s really empowering to think that people have the ability to make the projects they want to see a reality.  I feel really honored that people care enough about what we’re doing to contribute financially– it really means the world to me.

Q: Speaking of Kickstarter, you have a new goal, where can people go to help?

A: We do!  If we can reach $20,000 we’ll be able to up the production value and fully pay our cast and crew, who have been volunteering their time and talents to make the show a reality.  You can go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1503081443/eastsiders-the-series to find out more.  Even if you can’t donate, it helps so much to share the campaign on your Facebook or Twitter– that’s where the majority of our backers come from, statistically!

Q: Do you think more people in the entertainment industry are being drawn to Webseries and Indie projects?

A: I think that people are coming to web content in droves because it’s one of the few places in the industry where people still have creative freedom from the outset.  If you want to write for TV you have to work for years before you even get to the point where you can pitch your own ideas.  I definitely aspire to do that someday, but in the meantime I think it’s amazing that I can write and direct a web show and work with such amazing people.  It’s incredibly fulfilling both creatively and personally.

Q: Any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?

A: Here are some fun facts:

Jeremy and Thom are actually smoking green tea blunts in episode 1. We only had 4 hours to shoot 8 pages in the Cha Cha Lounge. Constance Wu wore her hair in buns all day in order to make her hair like that to play Kathy. Calling cut as the director while you’re acting in a romantic kissing scene is the most awkward thing ever.