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When Mormon Beliefs Don’t Mesh With Having a Gay Son

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With a hint toward Arthur Miller, a new play turns the saga of the Mormon Church’s railing against the gays into theatre! Only problem: Pointing out how the church funneled Salt Lake’s cash into California’s Yes On 8 effort doesn’t make for riveting stage performances. A Mormon mother dealing with suicide of her gay son? Now that’s a crowd pleaser. Facing East, from writer Carol Lynn Pearson (who wrote about having four children with a Mormon man who turned out to be gay and died of AIDS), opens with mom standing over her 24-year-old son’s grave… just in case you were wondering if this was going to be a warm-fuzzy sort of show. (The play, which has been touring for a couple years, makes its Los Angeles-area debut this month. Listen to an interview with Pearson here.)