‘Mormon Boy’ Returns to RTP To Present Full Trilogy
Steven Fales returns to the Richmond Triangle Players to premiere all three works in his Mormon Boy Trilogy. The Mormon Boy Trilogy is a series of three one-person shows, all written and performed by Fales. Over the course of three weeks, Fales will be showing Missionary Position, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, and Prodigal Dad—with a marathon of all three showing on Saturdays. This is the first time Fales will be performing the entire trilogy, all in preparation for its off-Broadway run.
Fales came to RVA last February with his original play Confessions of a Mormon Boy. Fales is excited to be back in RVA with RTP, which he says is “the best LGBTQ theatre in the country.” Philip Crosby, Managing Director at RTP, says, “We are truly ecstatic to have Steven back. His Confessions of a Mormon Boy blew away our audiences with his honesty and talent last February for Richmond’s Acts of Faith Festival. We had been waiting for years to get Steven here and he exceeded every expectation we had.” Since his Richmond premier, Fales has written a prequel to Confessions (Missionary Position) and its sequel (Prodigal Dad).
The Mormon Boy Trilogy deals with Fales’ journey through finding his spiritual and sexual identity. Missionary Position starts the story with his mission with the Mormon Church. Fales says, “ People are going to find [Missionary Position] outrageous—with a combination of the exotic and the camp, it’s all about my mission to Portugal, but we explore spirituality and sexuality in a way that it kind of sets the stage for Confessions of a Mormon Boy.”
Fales continues his story in Confessions of a Mormon Boy. Confessions, Fales’ original work, is about Fales coming to terms with his sexuality, being excommunicated from the Mormon Church, and spiraling into a world of crystal meth and prostitution. “We talk about crystal meth,” Fales says,” and we talk about sex, and we talk about our own spiritual past.”
Finally, Fales catches up to the current state of his life in Prodigal Dad. Fales notes that this play is the “most serious, most intense” of the trilogy. The final part of the trilogy is about Fales battling for child custody, searching for his Greek heritage, and coping with bipolar disorder. Fales says that, “It’s about being a father in very homophobic Utah,” but would not give much more detail, encouraging those who want to know more to the trilogy’s premier!
“We all have a story,” Fales remarked. “I am not coming in here thinking that I have had it better or worse. What I’m trying to do is create something that helps other people identify with their own stories. Then they could share it in an appropriate way for them.”
Fales mentioned that there is a level of emotional difficulty in retelling this story, but it is not the hardest part of performing the shows. “Memorization. It’s a big deal,” he says. Otherwise, Fales says that there was not much difficulty in getting his show put together. In the words of Crosby, “He is gonna to do it—anything Steven Fales puts his mind to do, he does”.
The Mormon Boy Trilogy will have its premiere at RTP on January 16th, and will run until February 1st with a marathon of all three shows every Saturday. For ticket pricing and more information, go the Richmond Triangle Players’ website: www.rtriangle.org
Antony Shipman is a student at Bennington College, and is interning with GayRVA/RVA Mag for the months of January and February. Antony, who is relatively new to the world of journalism, is hoping to learn more about the business by working closely with the staff of GayRVA/RVA Mag. When not at work, Antony is likely to be found giving affection to a cat or sitting in his apartment with a book in his hands.
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