Steven Fales

Steven Fales
Steven Fales -- Actor/Writer/Producer

Monday, July 7, 2014

Jack Hofsiss Foreward


Foreward to
Confessions of a Mormon Boy:
Behind the Scenes of the
Off-Broadway Hit*
by Jack Hofsiss**

 

           Anyplace. Two People. One speaks; one listens. Theatre at its most essential. Whether gathering around a campfire to hear those first stories centuries ago or gathering around the electric light of the most modern playhouse, it is theatre.

            These thoughts were on my mind one summer afternoon not too long ago when, at the invitation of a producer, a young actor came to meet me to discuss my directing his play. As we went through the civilities of getting to know each other we discussed how best to talk about this play which I had not seen or read. Organically the actor began to speak the play to me. It was a solo piece, so it easily lent itself to this casual performance. It was anyplace (my living room), there was one person speaking (the storyteller) and one person listening (the audience). Without realizing it we were in the throes of a theatrical performance. This was my first experience of Confessions of a Mormon Boy.

            As I worked with the playwright-actor on it over these last number of years, every production has been an attempt to capture for the audience the experience I had in my living room that day. This ferociously honest tale needs no excessive embellishment to make its powerful points. We all come from some community (religious or otherwise) with which we must make our peace as we gain our own beliefs and value systems. Steven’s struggle to incorporate Mormonism into his life as a gay American is metaphoric for any journey to become whole with your traditions and faith. I have always been particularly struck by the play’s refusal to disparage religion. Instead it speaks toward the inclusion of different sensibilities inside the whole.
 
            This is a tale of faith, this is a tale of tradition, this is a tale of self-identification, this is a tale of love. Come gather around our literary campfire and hear this tale we tell.


*Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit was written by Steven Fales and published by Alyson Books, Nov. 2006. It was a 2007 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Drama and has been studied in college and university courses across the country. The book is available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Mormon-Boy-Behind-off-Broadway/dp/1555839789/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404776951&sr=8-1&keywords=Confessions+of+a+Mormon+Boy

**Jack Hofsiss is a legendary Broadway director. He received the Tony Award for the original Broadway production of The Elephant Man, the youngest director in history to do so.





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