Confessions of a Mormon Boy began as a 5-minute stand-up routine at Caroline's On Broadway.
In 2003, signed depiction releases were purchased from Carol Lynn Pearson and Emily Pearson to mention and discuss them and the minor children in all of Steven Heard Fales' writing.
The original Utah version of Confessions of a Mormon Boy had its first public staged reading at the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City in August 2001 and was published in Sunstone Magazine in September 2003.
Steven Fales was living in New York City when he wrote Confessions but decided to have the world-premiere in Salt Lake City. He says, "I knew if I could make it there (SLC) I'd make it anywhere!"
After the initial success of Confessions in SLC, Fales decided to immediately re-write it for "the gentiles" in New York taking all Mormon in-humor out. The new version is what was eventually produced Off-Broadway. The original Utah version became My Mormon Valentine which was produced at the Leonardo Museum Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City in 2016.
Confessions had an highly successful week-long workshop run during Gay Pride in June 2002 at the Jose Quintero Theater on 42nd Street.
Ivan Lincoln of the LDS Church-owned Deseret News refused to review any production of Confessions in Salt Lake City from 2001-2010. The Deseret News has still not reviewed the show. Ivan Lincoln did, however, review Facing East, by Carol Lynn Pearson.
Confessions was first produced with a loan of $2,000 from the Hardy Family and was repaid immediately following that premiere production in Salt Lake City.
John Williams was an early supporter of Confessions in Salt Lake City.