Mike Jones, the prostitute/drug liaison who brought down pastor Ted Haggard, is about to appear in his first stage play. And it’s for a theater company called Perfect Disgrace.
Insert your own joke here.
The play is called “Porridge,” and Jones, 50, will be playing a role inspired by – himself. Boulder playwright Brian Bauman, a 29-year-old gay man, sees Jones as a man who took a risk, uncovered a hypocrite, and was then abandoned by the gay community.
“I find Mike Jones to be heroic,” Bauman said. “And that is why I cast him in this play.”
Jones has parlayed his tryst into a book tour, lecture circuit and great media exposure, so he says he’s becoming better about taking shots from critics.
“I’m a public figure now, so people can say whatever they want,” he said. “But I think when people actually meet me and talk to me and find out where I am coming from, then usually they have a different perspective.”
He knows that public interest in him won’t last. So what’s next for him?
“I don’t know what direction my life is heading in, but I am certainly open to anything, and this (theater) gives me another outlet to vent my emotions,” he said. “There is a lot more to Mike Jones than the prostitute-slash-drug-dealer that people read.”
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