A new play that confronts bullying and homophobia
by Frank J. Avella.

CONSENT examines the many types of bullying gay youth face, both obvious and subtle. The work focuses on Seth, a troubled sixteen-year-old, trying to come to terms with his sexuality in the face of ridicule and prejudice. In addition, the play very honestly depicts Seth’s sexual awakening as he crushes on his bully’s younger brother and discovers that his feelings may be reciprocated. Seth is also involved in a disturbing relationship with his baseball coach and must also deal with the return of his estranged mother. He soon finds his life spinning out of control and contemplates suicide.

CONSENT explores the responsibilities we all have to communicate with our youth and teach our children to celebrate their differences instead of denigrating them. The play also warns against taking advantage of the trust teens place in the adults they look up to.

Based in part on factual events, CONSENT explores the myriad of reasons gay teens feel compelled to consider suicide and provides quite the potentially controversial twist to a much too prevalent story. Impetus Ensemble hopes to continue to raise awareness about this important subject.

CONSENT had it's very first Reading on February 4, 2011 at the Dramatists Guild as part of the Friday Night Footlights Series. A  Staged Reading of the updated and expanded version was recently held at Chelsea Studios on August 5, 2011. Actors included Christine E. Dow, Liza Harris, Eric LaPointe, Benedict Mazurek and John Edgar Moser.

An Upcoming Staged Reading Presentation will take place on:

Tuesday, October 11th at 7PM  at the National Comedy Theatre
at 347 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), NYC.

Featuring: Liza Harris, Eric LaPointe, Benedict Mazurek, John Edgar Moser and Chelsie Shipley. Stage Directions: Brady Blevins.

Please RSVP to: ImpetusEnsemble@aol.com
All donations and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project*

*THE TREVOR PROJECT is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Every day, THE TREVOR PROJECT saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org


John Moser
Benedict Masurek
Photo Matthew Brooksher
Photo Mary Chandler