Residents of Santa Ana have shared their stories with South Coast Repertory playwright-in-residence José Cruz González to create a play. Join us for a staged reading of the FIRST draft, read by Santa Ana community members! Participate to help shape the final product—a professional stage play presented in Santa Ana. Continue reading
At Santiago Nature Reserve Center Presents: Friday Night Fire Series “Ghostly Encounters,” on Friday, October 21, from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm.
Join us at Santiago Park Nature Reserve for a Halloween play performed by Teen Space. Come see spooky historical events occurred in California. Gather around the amphitheater and campfire for FREE live entertainment.
The location is 600 E. Memory Lane, Santa Ana, 2blocks east of Main Street and Main place Mall. Continue reading
This weekend, the much-anticipated Off-Broadway smash-hit CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY finally premieres in Orange County. Star Steven Fales brings the play the Chicago Tribune calls “uncommonly powerful, gripping, and very moving” to Church of the Foothills for two performances only. On Friday October 1st and Saturday October 2nd at 8PM, come hear the inspiring and humorous true story of playwright and star Steve Fales’ life. After this sixth-generation Utah Mormon came out as a gay man, he was divorced, lost his kids, excommunicated by the Mormon church, fell into drugs and prostitution, before finally reclaiming his kids and his “Donny Osmond” smile.
The play was originally directed by Tony Award Winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man). Given the issues around Prop 8 and the involvement of the Church of Latter Day Saints in the campaign, as the San Francisco Chronicle notes, “The story couldn’t be more timely.”
As this is a fundraiser for Church of the Foothills, tickets are a suggested donation of $20.00. For cash reservations, please call the church at (714) 544-1319. For credit card reservations, please purchase online at http://chotf.tix.com/ However, for those for whom $20 is too steep, we now have SPECIAL DISCOUNT TICKETS AVAILABLE! For 1/2 price tickets, go to https://www.plays411.net/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=2546 THEN CLICK ON THE “DISCOUNTS” link! This offer is only available online through Plays411 and will not be available to those paying cash at the door.
Don’t miss this groundbreaking and inspiring show! Tell your friends!
Members of the Open & Affirming Ministry
Church of the Foothills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Controversial Smash-Hit Play
CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY
Premieres in Orange County at Church of the Foothills
Santa Ana, California (August 1, 2010) – Church of the Foothills is proud to present the Orange County premiere of the controversial smash-hit CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY. With performances on Friday October 1st and Saturday October 2nd at 8PM, MORMON BOY tells the inspiring true story of playwright and star Steve Fales life, told with humor, song, and The Book of Mormon.
After excommunication, divorce, prostitution, and drugs, a sixth-generation Utah Mormon reclaims his kids and “Donny Osmond” smile.
Steven Fales could have been the poster child for Mormondom: Eagle Scout, international missionary, BYU graduate, husband to the daughter of a celebrated Mormon author, and father of a beautiful boy and girl. In his autobiographical one-man play, Fales tells the captivating story of his failed attempt to overcome his “same-sex attraction” through “reparative therapy” which resulted in his divorce and excommunication from the Mormon Church.
After his perfect Mormon world fell apart, Fales took his pain and confusion to New York City where he quickly descended into the gay underworld of escorting and drugs. Both touching and funny, Mormon Boy is a 90-minute reclamation saga of a Latter-day prodigal son that ends in a moment of self-revelation that “hits us between the eyes like a shot with a two-by-four” (Chicago Sun-Times). The play was originally directed by Tony Award Winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man).
The book of the play, Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit (Alyson Books) is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.
For more information about the play go to www.mormonboy.com. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20.00. For reservations, please call the church at (714) 544-1319. Church of the Foothills is located in Tustin Hills at the intersection of Dodge Avenue and Newport Blvd, across from Foothill High School. The church address is 19211 Dodge Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705. www.chotf.org
“An exceptional achievement to rank beside the best of the solo genre. Wrenchingly honest, hilariously jubilant, and utterly clear-eyed. ”
— Los Angeles Times
“An astonishing generosity of spirit . . . with fierce comedy and sharp intelligence. He bares his soul . . . feels like a sacred gift.”
— Boston Globe
“An uncommonly powerful, gripping, and very moving piece of theatre.”
— Chicago Tribune
“The story couldn’t be more timely.”
— 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.”
“A quintessentially American once-upon-a-time of sexual identity crisis and selfhood.”
— Village Voice
“A tale about finding redemption in honesty.”
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Steven Fales is a hero.”
“Breathtaking. Makes you want to say Amen.”
–San Diego Union-Tribune
“An absorbing tale about the universal human search for belonging. Gay or not, Mormon or not, it is something we can all relate to.”
–Salt Lake Tribune
“The stuff of great theatre”
— Associated Press
“Rare and skillful. A fine writer and actor.”
“A very funny, poignant and surprising story of self-acceptance
and the happiness in finding spiritual connections. Rich in universality.”
–Las Vegas Review-Journal
The work, directed by Jesus A. Reyes , focuses on the life of Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebron.
Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. The theater is at 310 W. 5th Street (second floor), Santa Ana. Continue reading