The international one-man sensation Confessions of a Mormon Boy is currently touring in preparation for a return to New York where it first premiered Off-Broadway over thirteen years ago—and has not been performed there since. Based on original direction by Tony Award Winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man) and performed by Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee and controversial LDS outcast Steven Fales, Confessions of a Mormon Boy is the cornerstone of Fales's 'Mormon Boy Experience' and Part 1 in his Mormon Boy Trilogy. Because the story and journey continue . . .
Ahead of its time for its edgy “unflinching honesty” (Salt Lake Tribune), Confessions of a Mormon Boy is the inspiring true story of how one troubled young dad first learned to wake up and grow up—and then kept learning. Riding an emotional roller coaster of extremes—from perfect Mormon boy in Utah to perfect rent boy in Manhattan—Oxy-Mormon storyteller Steven Fales discovers an imperfect middle ground in this reclamation saga about what it means to finally come home—if only in your heart.
Told with humor, song, and The Book of Mormon, this life-affirming, transformational tale about how a sixth-generation Latter Gay Saint attempts to reclaim his two kids and Donny Osmond Smile after failed conversion therapy, excommunication, sex work, and drugs “will leave you breathless.” (San Diego Union-Tribune) "An uncommonly powerful, gripping, and very moving piece of theatre. It’s unusually well-written and shaped. Staying away would be a mistake." (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune)
Rated R for its adult themes, this soulful solo play is performed without swearing or full-frontal nudity and with “an astonishing generosity of spirit, fierce comedy, and sharp intelligence." (Boston Globe) The climax of the piece is a simple, self-revalatory coup-de-theatre that "hits us between the eyes like a shot with a two-by-four" (Chicago Sun-Times), and can only be fully appreciated by experiencing this hand-crafted, theatrical solo event live. "The stuff of great theatre" (Associated Press), this one-man show has been a "Critic's Choice" across the US and around the world and runs approximately 90 minutes without intermission.
“As moving as it is funny.”—Howard Kissel, New York Daily News; “What a rare and skillful thing is Steven Fales’ engrossing, funny, and often quite harrowing tale."—Kevin Nance, Chicago Sun-Times; “The story couldn’t be more timely.”—Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle; “Feels like a sacred gift.”—Louise Kennedy, Boston Globe; "Compelling confessional theatre."—Jason Zinoman, New York Times; "Five Stars. There’s something here that every gay man can relate to. And, my, how the boy entertains.”—Gay Times Magazine (UK), "Powerful. Epic."—Washington Post; "Ranks beside the best of the solo genre."—Los Angeles Times
Defying respectability politics, the adult themes in Confessions of a Mormon Boy include spiritual abuse/religious violence in the form of excommunication and banishment; Reparative "Conversion" Therapy and the Ex-Gay Movement; HIV/AIDS; mixed-orientation marriages; drug abuse/"chemsex"/crystal methamphetamine; prostitution/sex work/human trafficking; recovery/spirituality; family and legacy; divorce; child custody/support; family law; parenthood and parental alienation; non-traditional families; father/son themes, cult detox, and much more pertaining to Mormon Americana and musical theatre! Aside from the themes the play touches on, this solo play is Steven Fales's initial manifesto of personal transformation. "I am constantly measuring my personal offstage life by what I declare onstage", says Fales.
Other solo work in Fales's 'Mormon Boy Experience' include Missionary Position, Prodigal Dad, Mormon American Princess, My Mormon Valentine, and Cult Model. His Mormon Boy Trilogy was recently workshopped at Bay Street Theatre, Summer 2018. Upcoming solos in various stages of development include Mormon American Cowboy, Mormon Outlaw, Conversations with Heavenly Mother: An Uncommon Diva, Cultaholic, Joseph III, and Mormondom 101.
For more information including play history, past runs, awards, and bios, please see below. For press and booking inquiries contact NF2 Productions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
"No one wears black in Utah." Steven Fales in Confessions at the SoHo Playhouse. Photo: Carol Rosegg
From Los Angeles to London, Houston to Halifax, SoHo to Salt Lake to Sydney, actor/writer/producer Steven Fales has been performing his award-winning solo work for over a decade at venues ranging from church sanctuaries to comedy clubs; fringe festivals to old historic movie houses; coffee shops to cabaret rooms; gay resorts to regional theatres; concert halls to the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center. Whether doing standup at Caroline’s On Broadway, cabaret at Joe’s Pub, or solo plays at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Charing Cross Theatre in the West End, an old Freemason Lodge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, or Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, Steven has been honing his craft wherever he can—often receiving and being nominated for awards like the Overall Excellence Award for Solo Show at the New York International Fringe Festival or the Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding New Writing for the Theatre at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and others.
Before specializing in solo performance, Steven worked extensively as an actor in classical plays and musicals in regional theatres including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Co., Stages St. Louis, Sundance Summer Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, among others, and in commercials, film, and television. His first union job (AEA) was playing Hap in Death of a Salesman at New Harmony Theatre with Gil Rodgers and Jacqueline Brooks. He worked closely with Broadway director/producer Louis Burke at the short-lived Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre (formerly the American Shakespeare Theatre) where he performed with Elaine Stritch, Len Cariou, Douglas Sills, and others.
His first book, Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off Broadway Hit, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. He is currently expanding his Mormon Boy Trilogy into a book called Oxy-Mormon Memoirs. In addition to his solo work, he has several plays and musicals in various stages of development.
Steven attended the Boston Conservatory as a freshman on scholarship. After completing a two-year mission to Portugal for the LDS Church, he transferred to BYU where he earned his BFA in music/dance/theatre. He received his MFA in acting from the University of Connecticut and later trained at the American Comedy Institute. He has continued to study acting privately and in group classes with Larry Moss.
Steven was born in Provo, Utah while his parents were attending Brigham Young University. He is a sixth-generation Mormon formally excommunicated from the LDS Church for “the practice of homosexuality.” He has two grown children from a previous marriage to actor/writer/producer Emily Pearson, daughter of celebrated Mormon feminist author/poet/playwright Carol Lynn Pearson. His step-grandfather is legendary LDS General Authority Hartman Rector, Jr.
Steven Fales’s full bio, resume, and more information can be found on his blog at stevenfales.blogspot.com or by going to Facebook.com/fales.steven @mormonboy on Twitter or @stevenfalesonline on Instagram.
For more information about Steven Fales please see his professional website.
A hit at regional theaters as well as on "the purple circuit" (LGBT Theatre), Confessions of a Mormon Boy by Steven Fales is one of the most successful non-celebrity driven, independently self-produced autobiographical solo plays of the last decade. The long-running one-man show began as a 5-minute stand-up routine at Caroline's on Broadway followed by a reading at the Sunstone Symposium before its sold-out premiere in Salt Lake City in 2001—one year after Fales's formal excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for "the practice of homosexuality."
After a 10-week developmental run (8 shows a week) at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami in 2003, Confessions of a Mormon Boy became a breakout hit at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival (Overall Excellence Award). It then opened Off-Broadway at the 199-seat SoHo Playhouse for a 4-month run (8 shows a week) in 2006. Having been performed well over 1,000 times, Confessions has since toured extensively across the country and around the world to critical and popular acclaim, and has been used as a vehicle to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity with hundreds of tickets donated to at-risk groups and those in need.
The companion book to the play Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit (Alyson Books, 2006) was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and has been used in university courses and book clubs. Though out of print, used copies can be found on Amazon. An updated and expanded second edition is currently in the works.
The play has been translated into Portuguese for upcoming runs in Portugal and Brazil and is currently being translated into Spanish. High school students have used monologues from the script to win drama and speech competitions all over the country, and the play was recently performed successfully by a college student as an experiment to see if others can play "Mormon Boy." Confessions of a Mormon Boy has been filmed live for the upcoming documentary Mormon Boy: The Story of a Storyteller. The "Live from London" storytelling album received 5 Stars from David Clarke at BroadwayWorld.com and is available on Amazon and iTunes.
After the Off-Broadway run, Steven Fales worked on the show with renowned acting coach Larry Moss (Obie Award for The Syringa Tree). Two years after Jack Hofsiss died in 2016, Steven dusted off the script and brushed up his performance with Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony) at Bay Street Theater, Summer 2018. Always striving to grow as a writer/performer, Fales continually seeks out new and challenging performing opportunities and to work with luminaries in the solo world whenever possible to hone his storytelling craft.
Confessions of a Mormon Boy has played the following cities in the United States: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Tucson, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orange County, Portland (OR), Provincetown, Fire Island, Richmond, Miami, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, Buffalo, Sag Harbor, Hartford (Storrs), Farmington (ME), Andover (NH), and others, including Salt Lake City.
Internationally Confessions has played London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Halifax. Future bookings include Sydney, Melbourne, Grahamstown and Cape Town, South Africa, and Oslo Norway. Other future runs are being planned for Puerto Vallarta, Sao Paulo and Rio, Brazil, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and others including Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Taiwan, and other cities and countries around the world.
"The little solo play that could", Confessions of a Mormon Boy has weathered many storms along the way and yet it in many ways it has been charmed from the beginning. The stories of the many obstacles and offstage adventures this show has survived and endured are for another time and place. For now, it continues to chug and trudge along.
Steven Fales says, "All we have to change the world is our own personal story of transformation told in our own way and in our own words." He also coaches, "The future belongs to those who produce what they create." He has come to be known for his closing salutation, "Keep Smiling!"
'FOUR WALL' COMMERCIAL RUNS
Charing Cross Theatre, Off-West End, London
SoHo Playhouse, Off-Broadway
Jose Quintero Theatre, Off-Off-Broadway
The Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles
Hudson Theatre, Los Angeles
Zephyr Theater, Los Angeles
The Elephant/Asylum, Los Angeles
14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
The Complex, Salt Lake City
REGIONAL THEATERS & 'PURPLE CIRCUIT'
Elsker Club, Oslo, Norway (2019)
Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney
Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne
Alexander Bar Theatre, Cape Town
Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami
Boston Theater Works
Theatre Lab Houston
Buffalo United Artists
Invisible Theatre, Tucson
Dangerous Theatre, Denver
Rising Action Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale
Parliament House, Orlando
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR
Richmond Triangle Players
New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco
Diversionary Theatre, San Diego
Bailiwick Theatre, Chicago
Pride Plays & Films, Chicago
Onyx Theatre, Las Vegas
Eisemann Center Bank of America Theatre, Dallas (Richardson)
Arts on Real, Austin
Island Repertory Theatre, Fire Island
Crown and Anchor, Provincetown
The Art House, Provincetown
The Rrazz Room, New Hope, PA
Desert Rose Playhouse, Rancho Mirage, CA
Evolution Theatre, Columbus, OH (2019)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival (Twice)
New York International Fringe Festival
Atlantic Fringe Festival, Halifax
Phoenix Fringe Festival
Acts of Faith Festival, Richmond
National Arts Festival, South Africa
Sydney Mardi Gras Festival, Australia
SCHOOLS & CHURCHES
Phillips Academy Andover/Exeter/The Groton School, Gay/Straight Alliance
University of Maine, Farmington
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Crafton Hills College, Redlands, CA
Cathedral of Hope, Dallas
Founders Metropolitan Church, Los Angeles
Church of the Foothills, Orange County
St. Bart's Episcopal, New York City
Epsicopal Actors Guild, NYC
St. Mark's Episcopal, Salt Lake City
SPECIAL EVENTS, GROUPS, FUNDRAISING/BENEFITS, ETC.
Gay Days Anaheim, Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel
The Point Foundation Gala, Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center
Equality California Benefit, Los Angeles
Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, Sydney
ACON New South Wales, Australia
Utah Pride Center Benefit, Salt Lake City
Utah AIDS Foundation, Salt Lake City
People with AIDS Coalition of Utah, Salt Lake City
Youth First Texas, Dallas
Family Health Conference, Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs
Desert AIDS Project, Camelot Theatre Palm Springs
Affirmation National Conferences, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Washington DC
Gamofite Conferences, Maryland and Salt Lake City
Golden Rainbow, Las Vegas, 2010
Utah Dads Legal Fund, 2011
Live Out Loud, Sag Harbor, 2018
Official San Diego Pride Event
The Actors Fund
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
The Trevor Project
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Gay Times London Naked Issue
Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City
Born Free Foundation, Oslo, Norway, (2019)
United Nations Civil Society Conference, Salt Lake City (2019)
Other venues where Steven Fales has developed and performed various solo plays, one-person shows, cabaret acts, comedy, etc., include:
United Solo Festival, NYC (Who's Your Daddy?)
Upright Cabaret, Los Angeles (Mormon American Princess)
FringeNYC (Missionary Position)
Hollywood Fringe Festival (Cult Model)
Joe's Pub, NYC (Mormon American Princess)
Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles (Missionary Position)
Upstairs Cabaret, Provincetown (Mormon American Princess)
UU Church, Provincetown (Mormon American Princess)
Unitarian Universalists, 1300 East, Salt Lake City (Prodigal Dad)
Wiseguys Comedy Club, SLC (Cult!)
The Tavernacle, SLC (Mormon American Princess)
Stand Up NY (Oxy-Mormon Comedy)
Caroline's On Broadway (Oxy-Mormon Comedy)
Gotham Comedy Club (When All Else Fales)
Broadway Comedy Club (When All Else Fales)
Laurie Beechman Theater, NYC (Cult Model)
Don't Tell Mama, NYC (Cult Model)
Metropolitan Room, NYC (Mormon American Princess, Cult Model, etc.)
Diversionary Theatre, San Diego (Mormon American Princess)
New Conservatory Theatre Center (Mormon American Princess)
Abingdon Theatre (Who's Your Daddy?)
TOSOS II (Missionary Position)
Nafe Katter/Ron Palillo Best Actor Award & Scholarship
Outstanding MFA Actor, University of Connecticut
Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Drama
Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit
Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination
Outstanding Solo Performance
Overall Excellence Award, Solo Show
New York International Fringe Festival
Overall Fringe Hit Award
Atlantic Fringe Festival, Halifax
Oscar Wilde Award Nomination, Outstanding New Writing for the Theatre
International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award, Remarkable Arts
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Artvoice Artie Award
Outstanding Visiting Production shared with Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony)
Houston Theater Award Finalist
Outstanding Solo Performance
Stage Scene LA Award
Outstanding Solo Performance
San Francisco Lee Hartgrave Fame Award
Best Solo Performance
Global Community Hero Award
Youth First Texas
Boston IRNE Award Nomination
Best Solo Performance & Best Visiting Production
GLAAD Media Award Nomination, Best Talk Show Episode
The Tyra Banks Show
Fabby Award QSaltLake Magazine
Most Fabulous Play