Young, Gay and Excommunicated: Mormon Boy Gets NYC Run in 2006

News   Young, Gay and Excommunicated: Mormon Boy Gets NYC Run in 2006 Long-promised for a commercial New York City run, Steven Fales' acclaimed one-man play Confessions of a Mormon Boy will finally land Off-Broadway in January 2006.

Seen in engagements around the country, the actor-writer's autobiographical show will begin an open ended run at the newly renovated SoHo Playhouse at 15 Vandam St. Jan. 27, 2006.

Directed by Tony Award winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man), the play opens Feb. 5.

"An inspiring true story told through humor, song and the Book of Mormon, Fales' critically acclaimed solo play explores one young man's captivating journey through excommunication, divorce, prostitution and drugs, as he struggles to reclaim himself, his children and his 'Donny Osmond' smile," according to production notes.

Confessions of a Mormon Boy started as a stand-up comedy routine in Manhattan. The full play first premiered to sold-out crowds in Salt Lake City in 2001.

Developmental stagings of the work have played San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre, Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse, Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, San Diego's Diversionary Theatre (where it broke box office records) and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. The production received an Overall Excellence Award at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. The production features set and lighting design by Tim Saternow (Squonk) and costume design by Ellis Tillman (Urban Cowboy). The running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. The producing team consists of Carlton Spalding, Brian Malk, James Fales and Kyle Kimoto.

Performances will play Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM. There is an added performance Feb. 1 at 2 PM, and there is no matinee performance Feb. 5.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening performances are $55 each. Tickets for all other performances are $50 each. Tickets are now available by calling the SoHo Playhouse at (212) 691-1555, in-person at the SoHo Playhouse Box Office at 15 Vandam St. (just west of Sixth Ave. and Macdougal St.) or online at www.sohoplayhouse.com. For groups, please call (888) 523-5056.

For more information, visit www.mormonboy.com.

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Steven Fales is a sixth-generation Mormon born in Provo, Utah. He trained on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory before serving a two-year mission to Portugal for the Latter Day Saints Church. He then transferred to Brigham Young University where he completed his BFA in musical theatre, and later earned an MFA in acting from the University of Connecticut.

In addition to acting and writing, Fales is a public speaker. He is a favorite at events for Affirmation (GLBT Mormons), Gamofites (Gay Mormon Fathers), the Sunstone Symposium, and recovery conventions. He has raised money for organizations across the country, including the Point Foundation, Desert AIDS Project, SoulforceNYC, the Utah AIDS Foundation, and Affirmation. He is in the process of founding Possibilities, a group that provides counseling, education, and support for sex-workers transitioning out of the sex industry. He lives in Salt Lake City with his two children.