Introduction to Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit (Alyson Books, 2006) by Steven Fales (2007 Lambda Literary Award Finalist--Drama).
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After my excommunication and divorce, I was concerned that if I were to die, there wouldn’t be anyone I could fully trust to tell my young kids who I was, what happened, and how much their daddy loved them. So this play was originally written for my children. It seemed a matter of life and death that my innocent children (who are growing up in
If Gerald had lived, I believe he would have realized the vision Carol Lynn had for him. Even as she cared for him as he lay dying in her home she believed he “would be a light to point better directions to the gay community. And he would be the bridge he had so wanted to be to develop understanding of homosexuals to the larger world. He would take what he had been learning about what love really is and synthesize it into a wonderful message. He would write the things he only had reams of notes on. He would speak and people would listen. Surely that’s what would happen. Surely Gerald would not die with his dreams unfulfilled.” (from Good-bye, I Love You)
I am well aware that I am guilty of exploiting my family—as guilty as Carol Lynn. Carol Lynn used Gerald’s story to help make her valid feminist points. Her young children were still living at home and Gerald’s ashes were barely cool by the time her memoir was published and anonymity was lost forever. Some would say that we’ve sold our “signs and tokens” for money. I further need to assert on more thing. Carol Lynn Pearson is not gay. It is not really her story to tell, but she does do a good second-hand job. I wrote, because gay fathers need to be the ones to tell our own stories. (This paragraph was not in the original introduction either.)
The one-person show genre does not allow for my entire story to be told. There are so many things to share and expound upon. They will have to wait to be expressed in other ways and at a future time. I hope that I have made the strongest points and that the blanks will be filled in with thoughtfulness, compassion, intelligence, and sensitivity by the reader. As it says in The Book of Mormon, "And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not . . . " In other words, "I cannot write the hundredth part."
The Brethren of the Church said I could appeal my excommunication if I wanted to. Instead, I am taking my appeal to the stage and am offering this play as my prayer. And since my Higher Power has a sense of humor--and a touch of sarcasm, too—maybe, just maybe, if we laugh (and cry) enough together, we can laugh me right into heaven. Then the devil will really have something to laugh about!