"As someone who knew Steven at 18 years old, since our freshman year in college, I was overwhelmed in witnessing my friend's journey. It is no easy thing to live in authenticity and it takes enormous strength to look in the mirror and be honest with oneself. Confessions of a Mormon Boy transcends its singularity with universal themes we can all relate to in our individual search for truth and meaning."
—JENNIFER SIMARD, Tony Award Nominee
“Steven’s one-man show is a combination of an incredibly emotional and heart-wrenching story, a powerfully written and nuanced script, and a knock-it-out-of-the-ballpark performance. Confronting the ‘demons’ within, and seemingly around him, and ending up such an inspiring example of true self-respect and authenticity left me deeply touched and equally inspired.”
—JUDITH LIGHT, Two-time Tony Award-winning Actress and Activist
"Mormon Boy has one of the most riveting moments I have ever seen in the theatre. It literally made my jaw drop. Being a gay recovering Southern Baptist, Steven Fales’s tale of his journey to self-acceptance made me want to jump up in the theatre and holler "Amen"! I have seen Mormon Boy several times and have brought friends who were considering doing one-person shows to show them an example of how multi-layered a solo piece like his can be. Mr. Fales is a master at his craft. His work is timely and of utmost importance in these days of religious-based intolerance."
—LESLIE JORDAN, My Walk Down the Pink Carpet, Emmy Award-winner for Will & Grace
“I have had the good fortune to see all three parts of Steven Fales’ Mormon Boy Trilogy in Los Angeles and have had lengthy discussions about the prospects of incorporating his ground-breaking work in theatre into the context of an equally ground-breaking feature-length documentary. The subject matter of his performances and their powerful presentation manage to mix oil and water: to be at once intensely personal and broadly social, deeply moving and intellectually provocative, serious in content and genuinely entertaining. His tour de force one-man shows elude easy closure, but instead provoke questions that stay with the spectator long after he or she has left the theater.”
—ROBERT ROSEN, Dean Emeritus UCLA Tisch School of Theatre, Television, and Film
“If Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams had a child and that child married George Carlin, their offspring would be Steven Fales. His creative work takes us from the profane to the profound. As the Dean of a Cathedral, I have the rare privilege of walking with people as they journey through life. In Steven is found an extreme walk of life experience that he has crafted into redemptive lessons of laughter and tears of classical proportions and universal appeal.”
—THE VERY REV. RAY WALDON, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City
"My only regret is that I came so late to this experience. It was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful -- the best gay coming-of-age, grappling-with-being piece I've seen since Dan Butler's, and you know there have been a thousand of them ever since his. It's really good. This needs to be filmed."
—BRUCE VILANCH, Comedy Legend
"Steven Fales has captured the essence of the gay soul. The show had to be extended at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood and was used as a fundraising vehicle for charity for Equality California. Mormon Boy made me wince with emotional pain of my own coming out, and then laugh joyously at the absurdity of the anxiety I felt.”
—JOHN DURAN, Mayor of West Hollywood
"Steven's play and his performance is electrifying, empowering theater that cuts to the core of the human experience and our ability to transcend challenges and obstacles and ultimately breakthrough and prevail.
There is an amazing moment when he literally makes a decision to say, "Yes!" to life, love, freedom, family, and his dreams. And in that moment our own voice is heard and our lives are transformed as well. Bravo for Steven and for us too!”
—PAUL BOYNTON, Begin with Yes
“Steven Fales has graced Houston with his thought-provoking work. I have seen every show performed here and can only hope the rest of you can catch the special magic of his performances. Not a diatribe opposed to anything but the very human experience of his journey through a special life understood as he guides audiences on his path.”
—RAY HILL, The Messages Project
"When one can be so moved as to laugh till your jaw hurts, wince with a sorry recognition at the pain distorted religion can inflict, cheer with unashamed abandon at an enviable and inspiring bravery so rarely expressed in the face of certain banishment and ridicule, you know you have had a thrilling and emotionally fulfilling theatrical experience. Bravo, Steven Fales and his Mormon Boy!"
—LUCIE ARNAZ, Tony Award-winning Actress and Activist
“Steven is a man of passion and integrity and this radiates out of him as he lives his life as a man of faith. His past experiences, specifically as a Mormon Boy, excommunicated just for being honest to who he is, has motivated him to live honestly, using this experience to liberate him and in turn to liberate others. As an ex-Mormon myself, I congratulate Steven for his courage and have no hesitation in recommending him and his story. You won’t regret it!”
—REV. NEIL THOMAS, Senior Pastor, Cathedral of Hope, Dallas
“Mormon Boy is a riveting night of theatre. Grounded in the specifics of his own colorful life, it transcends personal revelation by inviting the audience to consider larger issues—the costs of authenticity in a rigid and stratified world. He is a playwright whose work displays great moral courage and daring.”
—JULIA CAMERON, The Artist’s Way
"Steven Fales has taken an archetypal journey through real crucifixion to real resurrection, and he writes about it with great originality, wit, a searing and poignant nakedness, and a knowledge of redemption that will inspire all who come to his work. He is a writer to watch and to learn from."
—ANDREW HARVEY, Son of Man and Return of the Mother
"The last time I sat in what is now the SoHo Playhouse was in the late 1960s to see the very first performance of The Boys in the Band. Forty years later I sat in almost the same seat to watch the opening night of Confessions of a Mormon Boy--and the forty years became forty light years. If you are interested in human truth expressed with heartbreaking honesty--and great joy and pride--then you do not want to miss Steven Fales."
—DORIC WILSON, Off-Broadway Playwright and Legend, Founder of The Other Side of Silence Theatre
"All the accolades for your show are deserved and earned. It's a great theatre piece. It is smart and wise and funny and sad, and sometimes breathtaking in its honesty and compassion. It is universal in its themes while being particular in its details. The second time I saw Mormon Boy, I concentrated on the structure of the show and how you achieved the audience's trust. I was just as impressed as the first time I saw it. Thank you for bringing Mormon Boy to Chicago. You have enriched us through your presence and your story. I hope the Windy City treated you well while you were here, and I hope you come back to bring us your next show. I look forward to watching you grow as an artist and as a human."
—BILL GREAVES, Mayor Liaison to the LGBT Communities in Chicago
“Oh, What A Beautiful Mormon! Steven Fales mines his experience of being raised Mormon for all it's worth. With lots of laughs and pain, he took me on a roller coaster ride of memories, from the joys of being raised in a warm Salt Lake community with the TRUE church of Jesus Christ, through the nightmare of realizing.. you're a queer, then too Manhattan! He has quite a story that everyone should hear. By the end it was very life affirming. It's great theatre.”
—EMMETT FOSTER, Emmett, A One-Mormon Show (Public Theater)
"Thank you for your generosity, your kindness, your enthusiasm, your spirit, and your tenacity...You and the show helped us re-energize Diversionary Theatre for our upcoming 20th Anniversary Year...breaking box office records...groups benefited from funds raised through your performances. Your active collaboration and participation in the promotion of the show was a wonder to behold. Your appearances at local bars and clubs, gay bingo, waving to the throngs from our convertible at San Diego Pride and then visiting the Pride Festival--and then greeting and thanking the audience each night after the show--left us marveling at your energy and endurance. You became part of the community and they embraced you."
—DAN KIRSCH, Former Executive Director, Diversionary Theatre
"I view Steven Fales' skillfully generous, seasoned, and compassionate voice as a tremendously effective tool for advancing human rights. His work is making an extraordinary impact and is an important contribution to the LGBT movement."
—FRANK MATHESON, Former Chair, Equality Utah
"Steven Fales' compelling story is an excellent example of how spiritual abuse is inflicted on gay men and women by religious institutions in the 21st Century. That Fales' play rises above his hurt, pain, and anger and is generous to the church of his birth is an act of extraordinary humanity. Fales' courageous play speaks to all who are being marginalized by institutionalized bigotry. His Mormon Boy is an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue about the place of gay men and women in our churches, mosques, and synagogues."
—ANDREW BREWER, Former Chairman, Soulforce NYC; Vice President, NBC/Universal
"I was struck by the fact that it was an incredibly good story, and there was this ferocious honesty. It’s about people accepting for themselves and not blaming outside forces for things they’ve gotten themselves involved in. Ultimately, there’s a great joy to [the play]."
—JACK HOFSISS, Tony Award-winning Director, The Elephant Man
"Steven’s play was a hit and played to 92% capacity for the four week run. It was quite a crowd pleaser and attracted a diverse audience – all of whom were enthralled by an inside story about the usually surreptitious Mormon Church. Steven is a consummate professional and a terrific individual. He is an outstanding performer, producer, and writer and his moral character and personal integrity are beyond reproach"
—ED DECKER, Artistic Director, New Conservatory Theatre Center
"I was incredibly impressed by your ability to keep your performance alive and penetrating throughout your almost three month run. You impacted all aspects of our audience base, young and old, matinee and evening, straight and gay. Our Box Office goals for your production were exceeded and the critical response was enthusiastic. I hope you will reach your dream and find investors who will make a commercial production possible. They will be backing a very fine and talented man with an important message."
—ARNOLD MITTELMAN, Former Producing Artistic Director, Coconut Grove Playhouse
"I can’t imagine how many one-man/one-woman shows I’ve seen during my 20 years of work in the theatre. Mormon Boy took me somewhere I never could have imagined. Steven Fales’ brutal honesty and Jack Hofsiss’ unflinching direction make a perfect marriage. Heartbreaking, funny, warm... and ALMOST unbelievable."
—RICHARD-JAY ALEXANDER, Director/Theatre Impresario
"I teach an English course, 'Coming of Age in American Autobiography,' and had I known in advance how relevant this play would be to the rest of the autobiographies (by Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Russell Baker, Annie Dillard, and Maxine Hong Kingston) I'd have required my students to attend. As a writer of autobiographical essays myself, I know how hard it is to get the material right--in self-characterization, tone, stance. I've read a number of Mormon autobiographies, as well; yours is among the best, and the only comic one I know of."
—LYNN Z. BLOOM, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Aetna Chair of Writing, Univ. of Connecticut
“If you missed Confessions of a Mormon Boy at Richmond Triangle Players, I’m sorry. It was one of the most powerful onstage performances I have ever witnessed. I felt paralyzed, emotionally drained, when the lights came up. What struck me about the performance is that while Steven Fales is truly a gifted actor, he did not have to create a story or write a script as most playwrights do. His remarkable and profound way of sharing his life just as it happened, affects his audience deeply.”
—BILL HARRISON, Executive Director, Gay Community Center of Richmond, VA
“This is the story of Joe Pitt if he had kids.”
—PATRICK WILSON, Two-time Tony Award Nominee, Joe Pitt in HBO’s Angels in America
“Steven Fales has been able to tell a story so many of us gay men have wanted to tell but for some reason could not. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of Mormon Boy. There was no filler in his script and it was impossible to turn away because every sentence he kept saying was so valuable. And what a voice!”
—TOM CHASE, Colt Model and Falcon Studios Porn Legend
“Everyone will respond to this brave and humorous one-man show by the very talented Steven Fales. It’s continued popularity reaches new audiences and answers many important questions about sexuality, religion, fatherhood and finding your authentic self. It is truthful storytelling that really struck a chord in me and made my heart smile. I’m sure yours will too!”
—PAIGE TURNER, “Showbiz Spitfire” NYC Drag Performer
“One of the Top 10 LGBT Solo Plays that changed my life, Steven Fales has found international popularity with his eye-opening Confessions of a Mormon Boy. He unflinchingly bared it all and dared us to see both sides of the experience of being Mormon, being gay, being an addict, and being an escort, all with compelling humanity and engaging charm.”
—BEN RIMALOWER, Patti Issues and Bad With Money
“Steven Fales has talent. I am struck by his versatility (plays and musicals), awareness of style, comic timing, work ethic, and his warm and open manner.”
—DOUGLAS SILLS, Tony Award Nominee
“Steven Fales is so talented. I’m a big fan.”
—CRAIG ZADAN, Producer (from comments on social media, February 2018)
“You’ll see [Fales] in his most amazing role: himself. In Confessions he teaches us that the real meaning of ‘good’ and ‘right’ is having the ability to love. His compelling one-man show . . . is a valentine to living and loving, honestly and authentically. He has emerged from his pain and anger, loving and un-embittered. Early in the play, we hear a five-year old Steven making up a song, ‘If you are singing, sing about the whole world . . .’ How wonderful it would be if all people would ‘sing’ about the whole world, not just about those who look, act and love like they do.” (Confessions)
—HOWARD A. KERNER, Outer Critics Circle of NY
“Steven Fales is funny, moving, bitchy, wise, and brutally honest.”
—AL WATT, Diamond Dogs and The 90-Day Novel
"Steven Fales is so talented. I love his work."
—JACKIE BISKUPSKI, Mayor of Salt Lake City (from comments on social media)
"Steven Fales is a hero."
—MICHAEL RUPERT, Tony Award Winner (from comments on social media)
Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill after "Confessions" in 2019. They also saw it in Miami 2003.