Steven Fales

Steven Fales
Steven Fales -- Actor/Writer/Producer

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Press Release MORMON BOY TRILOGY - Richmond Triangle Players

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set for January 16-February 9
at Richmond Triangle Players
Steven Fales – the author and star of the hit solo shows CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY, MISSIONARY POSITION and PRODIGAL DAD – will perform all three plays in rep for the first time ever in a production titled MORMON BOY TRILOGY from January 16 to February 9 at the Richmond Triangle Players in Richmond, VA.  Richmond Triangle Players is one of Virginia’s premiere theatres now in its 21st year.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the RTP Web site at www.

Mr. Fales will perform the MORMON BOY TRILOGY – three inspiring, insightful and humorous plays – in Richmond prior to an anticipated run Off-Broadway in New York in fall 2014.  According to Philip Crosby, Managing Director of RTP, it is believed that no solo performer has previously performed three solo plays in repertory – certainly not in a 3-week span.

The TRILOGY consists of three solo plays: 

 CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY had an acclaimed run Off-Broadway in NY in 2006 (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination) directed by Tony winner Jack Hofsiss (THE ELEPHANT MAN), coached by Larry Moss, and was a breakout hit at the 2004 NY International Fringe Festival (Overall Excellence Award).  The play is an examination of the Mormon culture and family life as told by Mr. Fales, a sixth-generation Mormon who wandered into a life of crystal meth in the sex industry, escorting in the penthouses of New York in order to survive, having been excommunicated from the Mormon church after 'reparative therapy' failed to work.  Furthermore, the play depicts Fales' fight to remain in his two children's lives following his divorce from the daughter of Carol Lynn Pearson – the most celebrated author in Mormondom – whose memoir “Goodbye, I Love You” depicted her own experiences when she brought her Mormon ex-husband, afflicted with AIDS, home to die.

CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY has toured across the U.S. and overseas at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at Charing Cross Theatre in London's West End and elsewhere and has been performed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, including a benefit at Lincoln Center for The Point Foundation.  As well, CONFESSIONS won the “Overall Fringe Hit Award” at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and received an “Oscar Wilde Award Nomination” from the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.  During previous U.S. engagements, the show has chosen as a “Critics Choice” in L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Houston Chronicle.

MISSIONARY POSITION is described as a 'prequel' to MORMON BOY, depicting Mr. Fales' experiences as a Mormon missionary in Portugal and secret Mormon Temple rites.  Fales performed MISSIONARY POSITION at the NYC Fringe 2010 and on national tour.

PRODIGAL DAD, a sequel to CONFESSIONS and the newest of the TRILOGY, relates Steven's discovery of his bipolar disorder, becoming HIV-positive, his custody battles in his home state of Utah, and reclaiming his Greek heritage.

MORMON BOY TRILOGY has been work-shopped at Rising Action Theatre Ft. Lauderdale and The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. Each solo play is self-contained and one does not need to see all three to be understood. All three together, however, deliver an epic emotional punch.

Mr. Crosby 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. When we heard he had a trilogy we said, ‘Can we do it?’ We are thrilled about the entire trilogy going to New York. The messages of the plays are so powerful and deserve to be widely seen. I can’t speak more highly of Steven as an artist and as a person. He’s the real deal. I like to think of the trilogy as being ‘The Mormon Conquests’!”

Fales says, “I feel like I’m still on a mission and my life has been on hold until this trilogy is finished. Doing three shows in repertory is a daunting task, but I feel I’ve been training for this my whole life. For the first time I’ll be adding projection to my storytelling. And I am so happy to work again at RTP. They really know how to treat their artists and I think they are the best theatre in the South—and one of the best in the country.”
Steven Fales (actor/writer/producer) was born in Provo, Utah and raised in Las Vegas. He first came to national attention with the off-Broadway production of Confessions of a Mormon Boy at the SoHo Playhouse. The book of the play was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. He is featured in The Creative Life by Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) and the recent anthology Latter-Gay Saints. In addition to his other solo work, Fales has performed in Shakespeare, American Classics and musicals in regional theatres across the country from the Coconut Grove Playhouse to Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has acted in television, commercials, and industrials. He holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory/Brigham Young University and MFA in acting from University of Connecticut. For more information about Fales including awards, credits, reviews, feature articles, video clips, photos, current projects and more go to ,, twitter @mormonboy, or contact

RTP recently received 15 Richmond Theatre Critics Circle nominations for 2012-13 season productions, most notably for its productions of La Cage aux Folles and bare: a pop opera.   The Acts of Faith Festival, the largest of its kind in the country, presents theatrical works that open up the discussion of faith and religion.  Richmond Triangle Players has been a leading voice in the Festival, having also produced shows such as Next Fall, The Busy World is Hushed, Visiting Mr. Green, and Carol Lynn Pearson’s Facing East.  For the 2013-14 season, in addition to The Mormon Boy Trilogy, RTP will present Matthew Lombardo’s High as a part of the Festival.

MORMON BOY TRILOGY playing schedule:
CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON  BOY every Thursday at 8 pm; Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm
MISSIONARY POSITION every Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 3 pm
PRODIGAL DAD every Saturday at 8 pm
 See all three shows every Saturday, with a special “Marathon Discount”.  See all three shows for $20/per show.  Visit for pricing.

Mr. Fales will also perform his cabaret act MORMON AMERICAN PRINCESS (presented previously at Joe's Pub, Upright Cabaret in L.A.) for one-night only on January 28 at 7:30 pm at Richmond Triangle Players.  Tickets are $20 (or free if patron buys one ticket to the entire TRILOGY).  M.A.P. is described as a “one-man BOOK OF MORMON,” that follows Fales' journey to become a Mormon American Cowboy.  The evening features parodies and music – standards and original songs.

What people are saying about STEVEN FALES:
“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
"Steven Fales’s tale of his journey to self-acceptance made me want to jump up in the theatre and holler ‘Amen’!  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
"It was 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."  — Bruce Vilanch
"Steven Fales has captured the essence of the gay soul.”— John Duran, Mayor of West Hollywood
"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
“Steven is a man of passion and integrity and this radiates out of him as he lives his life as a man of faith.  As an ex-Mormon myself, I congratulate Steven for his courage and have no hesitation in recommending him and his story!”— Rev. Neil Thomas, Senior Pastor, MCC LA
“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, author Return of the Mother
"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 Legend
"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, Chairman, Soulforce NYC
"I can’t imagine how many one-man/one-woman shows I’ve seen during my 20 plus years of work in the theatre. Mormon Boy took me somewhere I never could have imagined."— Richard-Jay Alexander, Director
“Steven Fales is funny, moving, bitchy, wise, and brutally honest. Prodigal Dad might even make you wish he was yours.” “--Al Watt, Founder LA Writer’s Lab, The 90-day Novel
“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.” –Bob Rosen, Dean Emeritus, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

Steven Fales (actor/writer/producer) first came to national attention with the off-Broadway production of Confessions of a Mormon Boy at the SoHo Playhouse. The book of the play was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. In addition to his other solo work, Fales has performed in regional theatres across the country from the Coconut Grove Playhouse to Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has acted in television, commercials, and industrials. He holds an MFA in acting from University of Connecticut. For more information about Fales including awards, credits, reviews, feature articles, video clips, photos, current projects and more go to ,, twitter @mormonboy, or contact
Reviews of Confessions of a Mormon Boy
“An exceptional achievement to rank beside the best of the solo genre.
Wrenchingly honest, hilariously jubilant, and utterly clear-eyed. ”
--Los Angeles Times (Critic’s Choice)
“An astonishing generosity of spirit . . . with fierce comedy and sharp intelligence.
He bares his soul . . . feels like a sacred gift.”
--Boston Globe (Critic’s Choice)
“The stuff of great theatre. Riveting. It’s a strangely intriguing dichotomy . . .
in a sense, he is reliving his own Madonna-whore complex.”
--Associated Press
“Fales’ play is a gripping hybrid of memoir and theater . . . succeeds as non-fiction theater thanks to the writing and acting talent of a true survivor.”
--Connecticut Post
“A triumph! A jolting climax . . . a fascinating turn. Fales knows that the conflict in his life isn’t just homosexuality versus Mormonism. As in all good theater, the protagonist must confront his own shortcomings and overcome them.”
“An uncommonly powerful, gripping, and very moving piece of theatre.”
--Chicago Tribune
“The story couldn’t be more timely. Affecting. Enlightening.”
--San Francisco Chronicle
“A masterful story teller and one hell of a writer. Sexy and harrowing.
A play that transcends religion, gender, and sexuality.”
--San Francisco Examiner
“Fales is such a perceptive writer. As moving as it is funny.”
--New York Daily News
“Compelling confessional theatre. Fales knows how to sell it.”
--New York Times
“Brokeback Mormon . . . a rare blast of lyricism.”
--Variety 14
“Audience-pleasing. Told with much brio. Great material.”
--New York Post
“A quintessentially American once-upon-a-time of sexual identity crisis and selfhood.”
--Village Voice
“His willingness to literally strip away his own defenses will leave you breathless.”
--Metro New York
“Theatrically, comically, and emotionally, this show reaches heights that most off-Broadway productions could only hope to achieve. You will walk out of the theater feeling completely and utterly satisfied.”
--Columbia Daily Spectator
“A tale about finding redemption in honesty.”
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“The play is alternately funny and sad—and at its best moments, both . . .
a self-examination about accepting responsibility.”
--The Advocate
“A very funny, poignant, and surprising story of self-acceptance
and the happiness in finding spiritual connections.”
--Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Steven Fales is a hero.”
--Austin Chronicle
“It all leads up to a moment of vulnerability so simple and powerful, it suggests a kind of grace. All is forgiven with his final breathtaking, self-revelatory gesture. Makes you want to say ‘amen.’”
--San Diego Union-Tribune (Critic’s Choice)
“An absorbing tale about the universal human search for belonging.
Gay or not, Mormon or not, it is something we can all relate to. Feels like a sequel to Good-bye, I Love You, from the husband’s perspective and a generation removed. An unflinchingly honest experience.”
--Salt Lake Tribune
“Rare and skillful. Fales’ tumble from grace and his road to redemption peg him as the male counterpart of the fallen woman . . . think Joan Crawford or Bette Davis playing outcasts at their most glamorously vulnerable. Best of all, we don’t see Fales’ ultimate moment of catharsis coming; it hits us between the eyes like a shot with a two-by-four. Fales has lived a stunningly eventful, almost Dickensian life, and he is, by happy coincidence, a fine writer and actor.”
--Chicago Sun-Times 15
“Honest, moving, whimsical, sobering, tender and cathartic.”
--Miami Herald
“The play builds in power until it crests in a warm and satisfying wave that lifts theatergoers to their feet . . . his play shoots skyward in dramatic content and emotional payoff.”
--South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“It’s impossible not to marvel.”
--The Scotsman
“All told with great verve and energy and with very engaging humour.
It is impossible not to warm to this man.”
--ScotsGay (Four Stars)
“Brilliantly acted and beautifully written.”
--Irish Daily Mail
“An incredibly smart play . . . manages to re-invest a predictable story line with boldness, insight, astute political observation and breath-takingly brittle humour and gorgeous one-liners. Confessions is a deeply-felt spiritual phenomena every bit as much as a piece of careful and well-crafted performance.” (Dublin, Ireland)
“Fales captivates his audience with a sometimes moving, often funny, and occasionally shocking odyssey from sexual denial to emotional salvation.”
--WhatsOnStage London (Four Stars)
“There’s something here that every gay man can relate to.
And, my, how the boy entertains.”
--London Gay Times (Five Stars)
“Breathtaking. A gripping story. That it’s touching and wise too only adds to the appeal.”
--Entertainment-Focus London
“As American as apple pie. It takes a healthy, open-minded approach to barrier busting.
Its truth is its strong suit.”
--ExtraExtra (London)
“A dynamo show.”
--QX Magazine London (Four Stars)
“A slick one-man show . . . fast, furious, and compelling . . .
An undeniably dramatic story of the self-confessed ‘gayest Mormon on earth.’”
--BOYZ Magazine London (Four Stars) 16
“Mormon Boy is a stunning example of a true emotional journey that is powerful from start to finish.”, Denver
“Through this shameless confession, he adorns himself with the powers of self-recognition.
In my world, Steven Fales is a super hero in the gay justice league.”, Denver
“Brave, bold, brightly shining masterpiece. One of the most transparent real life plays
I have ever experienced. Unforgettable.”
--Houston Chronicle
“It is the truth-telling that provides the punch and holds the audience in thrall. A talented performer recounts with charm and power a gripping narrative . . .
an emotional, amusing and roller-coaster theatrical ride.”
--Houston Press
“A remarkable piece of theatre. Fales shines. An extremely appealing actor and singer—bold, confrontational, understanding, compassionate. He does not pity himself in the telling of his story. He is funny, winning, shockingly honest, moving and entirely believable.
Confessions is about as intense an experience as you will get in the theatre.”
--The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)
“A polished piece of theatre that knows what notes to hit, but there’s a human heart beneath the slick showbiz veneer. Fales is a whiz-bang actor. His script is gracious to the church that excommunicated him, lampooning spiritual hypocrisy without apparent malice.”
--The Coast, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)
“Fales walks a fine line between satire and truth and ultimately generates a skillful and compelling balance between one-line zingers . . . and life-affirming revelation. It is a testimony to Fales’ skill as a storyteller as well as his ability to find humor in the often painful human condition that holds his audience for 90 uninterrupted minutes.”
--Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Fales is a rare and gifted storyteller who cradles his audience with his words. Even when he is talking about areas of his life that would cause the strongest person to crumble and rail against the world, he brings a smile, holds no grudge, and looks for the divine in his life.”
--Richmond NPR Reviewer, Mondo Johnny

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Daddy Come Back

Fathers are an endangered species. If you are a father who does not see his children on a regular basis for whatever reason, look to the National Parents Organization. (Formerly Fathers and Families.)

Or read Alec Baldwin's book on Parental Alienation Syndrome, A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce

Here's a song I recently wrote for all fathers who are committed to being there for their children against impossible odds. (This is the theme song to my solo play Prodigal Dad, Part Three in The Mormon Boy Trilogy.)

"Daddy Come Back"
Words and music by Steven Fales
(c) 2013 by Steven Fales

Mamma said daddy was bad.
Mamma said daddy was wrong.
Mamma said daddy left us
And that was just the end of the song.
If mamma was always right
How could I ever doubt?
But there's a voice inside me
That won't stop crying out:

Daddy come back
Into my life
Daddy I'm here
And I don't want to fight.
You are the dad I always had
And I always knew that you
Weren't half that bad.
I always knew you'd pull through
And that you're sorry, too.
You are my daddy
And I choose you.

Prodigal kids are all in the news,
Single mommies and housewives, too.
But I know it's not all that it seems to be
Churches and courtrooms don't always see
That I need you as much as you need me
You are my daddy--please choose me.

Do you remember when I was three?
I have a picture of you playin' with me.
There were all those times when you came to school.
You reached out a lot even when mamma was cool.
Well, I've grown up now, dad,
And I'm no one's fool.
I'm standing here--we're off scot free.
You are my daddy--come to me!

Daddy come back
Into my life
Daddy I'm here
And I don't want to fight.
You are the dad I always had
And I always knew that you
Weren't half that bad.
I always knew you'd pull through
And that you're sorry, too.
You are my daddy
And I choose you.

I have a kid. He looks just like you.
I'm sure if you met him you'd be a big fan, too.
I can imagine now how you loved me so.
Life ain't easy so I, I want you to know . . .
I forgive you dad. Because I love you . . .

God and Time
Have a way.
If you don't believe me
Then how can I say--

I'm comin' back
Into their life.
I'm standin' here and
I'm done with the strife.
I am the dad they always had.
And I now I see that we
Aren't half that bad.
I always knew we'd pull through
I am your daddy--and my heart's true.
Just a bruise or two.
But we're good as new.
I'm never leavin' you!

Monday, June 10, 2013

AIDS at 32: For Whom the Bell Tolls (32 Notables Share Their Stories)

AIDS at 32: For Whom the Bell Tolls (32 Notables Share Their Stories)

Here's a recent article I'm honored to be a part of. From Judith Light to Lady Bunny to Greg Louganis we are 32 "notables" chosen by my friend Kergan Edwards-Stout for his article marking the anniversary of AIDS at 32. I have so much more to share on this topic. This theme is covered in "Prodigal Dad", Part Three in The Mormon Boy Trilogy.

Steven Fales
I never wanted to become positive and tried to avoid it. My father-in-law died of AIDS in 1984. I had a sister-in-law who was positive and who has since died. But a crystal meth binge got me one night. Thank goodness the meds today make it possible to one day see my grandchildren and to be undetectable for the right guy. We're learning

My Liberace/My Menorah

Let me tell you about my personal "Behind the Candelabra." I grew up a faithful Mormon in Las Vegas. When my parents got divorced the shame made me act out--as Liberace. I found these photos of me impersonating the Legend and I had to chuckle. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when taken in a Mormon meeting house--or ward house. Oh the memories of seminary, volley ball, and all these Las Vegas Mormon. We are a different breed of Mormon for sure.

Here's an excerpt from my book about the experience.

"And for anyone who's still not convinced [I'm gay], I'm famous for the Liberace impersonation I did at a church talent show when I was seventeen. I came out from the wings holding a candelabra, wearing my high school madrigal prince charming costume (I designed it myself, sewed on all the pearls by hand). I had on tights and my mom's full-length chinchilla [actually it was her silver fox]. I played 'Rustles of Spring' [and Claire de Lune!], then swapped "funeral potato" recipes with the Relief Society sisters on the front row. 'Not too much sour cream, Sister Edwards!"

Buy the book on Amazon, Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit (Lambda Literary Award Finalist):

I must say that the candelabra was actually a menorah. My mom's side of the family went to Israel once a year like all good upper-middle class nouveau riche Mormons to loot the Holy Land of all its olive wood figurines and anything made of brass. [Mom's side of the family is now broke! Now just Mormon White Trash with Champagne Taste on a Beer Income.] I grew up in what could have been a Jewish book store on the Upper West Side. I am NOT kidding. It just goes to show that Mormons are wannabe Jews. And so I grabbed the closest "candelabra" I could find for my skit. I hope it's not offensive or disrespectul. I was totally oblivious to what was going on including the irony of playing Liberace.

Later I would live part of Liberace's ex-lover's experiences. Minus the plastic surgery, but enter recovery!

Keep playing the piano and singing no matter what culture you come from! And light a candle for all of us!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One Pride for All

So it's Gay Pride season and I've been thinking once again that there really should be just one day a year officially called "Gay Pride." This is blasphemy to some, but I have a lot of good reasons for this. I'll be writing an essay on it. We'll see what happens. The last Sunday is June is Gay Pride. Accept no substitutes. Too many Prides dilute the message. More to come.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Mormon Boy Update Email Blast

Dear Friends,

Greetings from fabulous Utah! (Ahem.) There is so much happening! Thanks for letting me share these links to my work. I hope you’ll find them exciting, inspiring, and FUN!


Confessions of a Mormon Boy (Live from London) is getting 5-star reviews! Now on iTunes and Amazon! 5-star review:

Get the album for free when you contribute $10.00 to my Mormon Boy Trilogy IndieGoGo Campaign now thru June 15th (link includes new “Mormon Boy Theme Song” Slide Show!)

Mormon American Princess Live album is currently being mixed and engineered. It’s touching and hilarious! Here’s a sneak peek at one number I wrote called (ahem) “Narcissus”:

“Broadway Mormon Medley”:

“Prodigal Dad Medley”:


After recent runs in Houston and Halifax, Confessions of a Mormon Boy at Buffalo United Artists on September 30th and at the University of Maine Oct. 17th! Here’s a sexy and harrowing scene from Confessions:

The Mormon Boy Trilogy will open off Broadway after an out-of-town tryout at Richmond Triangle Players in Virginia Jan/Feb 2014. See Confessions of a Mormon Boy, Missionary Position, and Prodigal Dad in repertory!  Another international tour is in the works.


Mormon American Cowboy on Oct 25 and A Mormon Boy Christmas on Dec 23 at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Here’s a new song from the show!

My new stand up show in development is called When All Else Fales! Moving beyond Mormon!


Latter Gay Saints, a new anthology I’m honored to be part of comes out July 15th. It features excerpts from my new show Missionary Position and it’s getting incredible press already! See this Huffington Post Article:

My new book Mormon Boy: A Memoir of Royalty and White Trash in America is currently being shopped by my agent in New York. I’ve been working on it for years! Fingers crossed.

My first Lambda Literary Finalist Book Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit is still available on Amazon! High school students are winning state drama awards with these monologues all over the country! Check out this student


“The Extraordinary Artist.” This one-day workshop will inspire anyone to produce what they create.  June 22nd in Salt Lake City! “Steven has a gift for igniting the creativity of others.”—Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way. I’m featured in her new book The Creative Life: True Stories of Inspiration


The DVD of Confessions off Broadway is in the works. Excommunication scene:

Mormon Boy is an epic documentary film about a storyteller compelled to keep sharing his stories all over the world.  You should see the footage we shot in Edinburgh and London!

And would you watch a web series called The Mormon Boy Cooking Show? Fashion, fitness, faith, and FOOD! It’s something up my sleeve like Mormon Boy jeans? “When you wear Mormon boy, you’re wearing the truth!”

Just for fun, the national “Ski Utah” commercial some of you might have recently seen!


It’s been a very challenging few years post-Recession. I’m moving back to NYC in July after two wonderful (and humbling) years being available to my kids in Utah. They are now basically all grown up and daddy is returning to the Big Apple a lot more sober and a whole lot wiser.

The one thing that has remained constant has been creating new work—and there are a lot more projects ahead that I will share later. (I’ve already gilded the lily!) Thank you for all your support as together we take things to the next level!  I can’t do this alone. I’d love to hear from you!

Keep smiling!

Steven Fales

Twitter @mormonboy

"Steven Fales is easily among the best, if not the best, solo performers in the business."

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"The Smile" on Andrew Sullivan's THE DISH

I want to archive that my mini essay "The Smile" was featured on a blog post by Andrew Sullivan. Check me out on The Dish as he dishes on Mitt Romney's laugh.

Note from the Playwright

“The Smile”

            The Mormon Smile is made by first thinking how deeply grateful and blessed you are to belong to “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth.” As one of the chosen, this thought brings you incomparable glee that just can’t be contained. Your smile’s size is proportionate to just how many Mormon pioneer ancestors you had sweat and freeze across the Plains. If you are truly Mormon royalty, your smile will be enormous! Imagine your favorite hymn or Disney’s “It’s a Small World” playing over and over in your head as you compulsively smile your charming, wholesome, flashy, adorably irresistible perky Osmond smile.

            The smile comes through the eyes, not just the teeth—they twinkle and sparkle, eyebrows raised high. As you smile, your head is cocked a little to the right to show the world just how cute and sincere you are. There’s maybe a little shrug and a giggle of delight—perhaps an unconscious condescending wink. There’s a spring in your step. You want to have the best smile possible, so brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Teeth-whitening is rarely necessary because, as a good member of the Church, you don’t drink wine or coffee or use tobacco in the first place. The most precious and righteous Mormons do not need braces. Many find that their smiles help them read in the dark. They also find it hard to kiss, as puckering is difficult with overdeveloped smiling muscles.

            Your smile can be used for many things, but its official purpose is to attract others to the Church (and other multilevel marketing schemes—think Amway). You smile all the time because you never know how or when your smile might convert another to the source of true happiness—“mainstream” Mormonism. (Just one smile can metastasize the world!) If you’re ever caught not smiling, you will be held responsible for all the souls who would have been saved had you been smiling as you should have been. Some of your salvation may be deducted in the next life if you’re not careful. You must avoid this and any guilt with every fiber of your being. As it says in the bible, “Let your light so shine.” So smile brightly! Sing an hymn: “Scatter sunshine all along your way . . .” or “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam to shine for him each day . . .”

            Remember, in the end it’s all about who wins. . . er . . .can be the nicest. And nice winners smile. Even when crying, continue smiling at all times—even when you are alone. (Someone may be watching!) And if you ever feel like swearing, smile instead. (Kill ’em with kindness!)

            But don’t think because Mormons smile ad nauseum they don’t know what pain and suffering is. They do. It’s just that they have a hope and uncompromising optimism that comes from their faith—and their proud pioneer legacy. They can endure all things, including any tragedy, because one day they will live eternally with their “elect” loved ones again in paradise. They live into a glorious future (they believe that they will one-day become gods themselves) that transforms their present, making them extraordinary neighbors. (And they live an average of ten years longer than you will—having the last laugh. They will be re-writing herstory.) Their burdens are lighter than others because they alone lay claim to the gift of the Holy Ghost—sent to comfort them in their times of need. But only if they are worthy of such blessings. And, as luck would have it, they usually are. Well, most of them are--the straight ones.