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Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Broadway

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Priscilla Star Will Swenson to Direct Mormon-Themed Film Facing East

Priscilla Star Will Swenson to Direct Mormon-Themed Film Facing East
Will Swenson
Will Swenson will hop into the director's chair with 'Facing East.'

Tony nominee Will Swenson, who currently stars in Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert, will direct a film adaptation of Carol Lynn Pearson's play, Facing East, according to The New York Times. Facing East follows a Mormon couple struggling with their faith after their gay son commits suicide.

"Getting through my own adolescence as a young Mormon was challenging as it was, but watching my best friend struggle with his identity as a gay teenager was heartbreaking," Swenson said in a statement. A native of Provo, Utah, Swenson was raised in a Mormon family and attended Brigham Young University.

Facing East played at off-Broadway's Plan-B Theatre in 2007. No casting has been announced, although production is expected to begin this fall. A percentage of the film's profits will benefit the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBT teens. Priscilla also recently teamed with the organization for a special campaign featuring Swenson and his co-stars.

Swenson received a Tony nomination for Hair. His other Broadway credits include 110 in the Shade, Lestat and Brooklyn. Swenson also co-directed and starred in the 2004 film Sons of Provo, a comedy about a Mormon boy band.

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