“Confessions of a Mormon Boy” opens this Wednesday at the Richmond Triangle Players and its a show that is sure to draw a crowd and maybe answer a few prayers.
“Its a remdemption story, but its highly entertaining – it’s funny, it’s sexy, it gets pretty raw…” said the show’s star and writer Steven Fales. “Confessions” tells the true story of Fales as he ascended through the Mormon Church – getting married in the Temple, having kids, going on a mission, and finally realizing his homosexuality and turning to the dark side of life. “Being the perfect Mormon boy, and then being the perfect crystal meth using male escort in NYC,” as Fales put it.
The shows brutal moments are sure to strike a chord with anyone who has checked their own spirituality at the door after a church couldn’t accept their sexual orientation. “(Confessions) Hinges on my excuminication – Its fantastical, After doing everything right.” said Fales. He said he’s had many in the audience approach him after the show and tell their own stories of being forced out of their church after coming out.
After performing the show over 700 times, Fales’s only real challenge is keeping the show fresh. “Every time I go on stage, it’s as if I say a little prayer – reveal something new about myself…” This thought process has lead to the creation of 2 more pieces in the Mormon Boy Trilogy, though only the first part, “Confessions” will be presented during Fale’s tour through RVA.
Fales hopes the play will make impacts where ever he goes, helping faith communities realize the damage homophobia can cause. “This is my contribtuiton to help ending spiritual abuse and relgious violence in our churches, mosques, and synagogs.” It’s not always an easy pill to swallow, “Confessions” is a very personal story for Fales, in his words, it’s a “true, authentic story about a Mormon experience. There are extremes in the story that need to be told.” Find out for yourself how true this story is for the rest of us this week at RTP.