Off Broadway sensation Confessions of a Mormon Boy is showing at the Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre following its hit SA debut on the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda.
Told with humour, song and unflinching honesty, Confessions of a Mormon Boy is the inspiring true story of storyteller Steven Fales’ journey from being a devoted, sixth-generation Mormon and father of two to coming out as gay and being excommunicated from his church. Riding an emotional roller coaster of extremes – from perfect Mormon boy in Utah to perfect rent boy in Manhattan – Fales discovers what it means to finally come home, if only in your heart.
Written and performed by Steven Fales, Confessions of a Mormon Boy is directed by Jack Hofsiss. Press acclaim has included comments such as ‘Compelling confessional theatre’ (New York Times), ‘As moving as it is funny’ (New York Daily News), ‘A triumph’ (Newsday), ‘Epic’ (Washington Post), ‘Fierce’ (Boston Globe) and ‘Hilarious’ (Chicago Sun-Times).
The production, which was first performed in 2001, has since been seen across the USA, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe and now South Africa. Steven Fales was nominated for the Overall Excellence Award for Solo Show at the New York International Fringe Festival and the Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding New Writing for the Theatre at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
“I am thrilled to be visiting South Africa for the first time and performing this story of hope and acceptance, told with heart, song and humour,” says Fales. ‘It’s an inspiring look at how one troubled young dad first learned to wake up and grow up—and then kept learning.’
International press comments for Confessions of a Mormon Boy include:
- FIVE STARS – Gay Times Magazine (UK)
- ‘The best of the solo genre’ – LA Times, Critics’ Choice
- ‘An uncommonly powerful, gripping, and very moving piece of theatre. Staying away would be a mistake’
– Chicago Tribune
WHERE: Alexander Bar, Strand Street cor Loop, Cape Town 8001
WHEN: until 20 July 2019 at 20:00 (no Sunday performance).
TICKETS: R140 or R120 online. Age Advisory: 12 years (Adult themes)