A Reading of LUBE: A MODERN LOVE STORY
LUBE is a gay-themed musical with a mission: Help the millions of gay young adults see It Gets Better," and learn to love themselves.
Gay marriage may be the law of the land, but too many young gay adults don't live long enough to find the love of their life. They aren't killed by random violence -- they take their own lives to end the misery and torment that they are forced to face daily. This is a senseless tragedy and much more needs to be done to help prevent it.
According to The Trevor Project, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24. Gay children and young adults are 4 times, and questioning young adults are 3 times, as likely as their straight peers to try to kill themselves.
The causes are various: self-loathing, religious persecution, high school bullying, physical attacks, and rejection by family and friends. On August 11th of this year, The New York Times reported, "Gay and Lesbian High School Students Report 'Heartbreaking' Levels of Violence." They are 3 times more likely than straight students to have been raped, and twice as likely as heterosexual students to have been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.
When does the madness end? Why do we, as a society, allow violence of this magnitude to happen? In adult society, if someone is threatened or injured at work or at home, it usually gets reported to HR or to the police. Yet we expect high school students to simply accept bullying and violence and just move on. Well, not everyone can move on from such life-altering incidents.
The "It Gets Better" project tries to show young gay adults that life gets better after High School. Still, the statistics are shocking. More people in the target demographic try to hurt themselves every year than the victims of all the mass shootings we hear so much about by a factor of 2 or 3! We hear the media shout about the next crazed shooter on a rampage, but we hear so little of this enormous loss of life.
Playwright and lyricist, Jack Turner, grew up in a small town in the late 60s and early 70s. He was bullied in high school, and perceived as gay, even though he had never come out as such. Looking for a topic for his next work and inspired by the movie "Grease," he decided to tackle the topic of growing up gay. He looked around and decided that things today aren't all the much better than when he was a kid.
Thus, "LUBE: A MODERN LOVE STORY" was born. It's a gay-themed, Broadway-style musical with a mission. It's a gay romp with interesting characters, witty lyrics, and songs you'll want to sing along with. But it takes a serious look at the issues one encounters when growing up gay: the decision whether to come out of or stay in the closet, religious persecution, bullying, and teenage suicide. It tries to convey a simple message to at-risk young gay adults: "Just love yourself; the rest will fall in place."
But it also tries to show straight kids that it isn't OK to bully another human being. Even if the show can't reach every bully, maybe it can help persuade the friends and family of bullies to apply peer pressure and help curb the violence. Bullying doesn't just hurt the targets. Call it karma, if you will, but every time someone bullies another, they ultimately hurt themselves as well. Unless the person is a true sociopath, their actions injure their spirit, their very soul.
How can LUBE help? For one, it provides positive gay role models. It tries to 'normalize' being gay, and treats gay sex as something other than forbidden. No, the play itself doesn't have sex in it, but nearly every adult relationship includes sex. Even when a show is gay in nature, when gay sex is avoided or ignored, it sends a subliminal message that it's dirty, that it's wrong, that it's a sin. LUBE doesn't try to encourage everyone to have sex with someone of their own gender, it simply tries to say that sex with whomever you are attracted is natural, is normal, as long as the feeling is mutual.
LUBE tries to give an experience to young gay adults, and in fact to every gay person out there, that their straight friends have had for a very long time. When a straight person walks out of "Grease," "Hairspray," or "Wicked," they've seen a show about straight people they can identify with meeting, falling in love, working through obstacles, but ultimately living 'happily ever after.' The playwright wants gay people to walk out of "LUBE: A MODERN LOVE STORY" thinking, "I'm gay. They were gay. They met someone and fell in love. That could happen to me."
The show includes straights, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and even a drag queen or two. It provides those gay role models that were so lacking when the playwright was growing up. And if it can help even one young gay kid to survive another day, to keep fighting until school is over and life begins, then it has accomplished what Jack hoped for all along.
The first public reading of LUBE: A MODERN LOVE STORY is being help on October 1st, 2016, 7 pm, at San Diego's LGBT Center. Last fall Scene 6 from LUBE was filmed and put on YouTube. Three music videos from that effort are there as well. In April of this year, a reading of Scene 7 was held at The Diversionary Theater in San Diego, America's second oldest LGBT Theater. The reading included one additional song from the play, and was very well received. The October reading is the next natural step on its long path to Broadway.
So if you're gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, questioning, or any flavor in-between or outside, you are invited to help make LUBE the hit it's destined to be. Join Manny and Andy as they meet, fall in love, and then fall apart due to the influences of friends and family. Will they ever get back together, or will they lead lives of despair? The only way to find out is to watch the show – or at least hear the show (it is a Reading, after all)!
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The playwright believes in fiscal responsibility. Below is a tally of where the money raised, assuming a successful campaign, will be spent:
Auditorium Rental $375
Sound system $50
Liquor license $25
Trash bags $50
Playbill printing $150
Poster printing $150
Recording studio @ 60/hr $600
Composer honorarium $1,000
Sound guy $150
Complimentary champagne $250
Printing scripts $300
Printing music $300
CD duplication $600
ASL honorarium $250
T-shirts for volunteers $250
Transportation for Composer $250
Hotel overnight for Composer (2 rooms) $300
Kickstarter Fees $1,000
Risks and challenges
LUBE is the first in a new genre, if you will, of musical theater. It's a gay-themed play, written about gay characters facing uniquely gay experiences, written by a gay playwright/lyricist with music composed by a gay composer, but written for gay and gay-supportive audiences.
Apathy is the biggest challenge. We must all band together to stop the senseless violence, not just for high school kids, but for every gay person. Think Orlando? If we could just get 2,000 people to pledge $5 each, less than the price of a fast food lunch, we could reach our goal.
But if you can't afford to support us financially, please consider supporting us in spirit. Help us build our social media presence, and create a groundswell of support and demand for LUBE. Tell all your friends and family about LUBE and about what we are trying to accomplish. Thanks for your interest and support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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