Excavating Pieces: An American Childhood


This complex tale of a Michigan boyhood illuminates a subject of universal concern: the shocking number of American men—an estimated one in six—who have been sexually abused as children. New York actor Patrick Husted digs deep into his own past to reveal how such abuse can occur and how it can affect a male victim well into adulthood. Told with compassion, devastating candor, and doses of humor, his story offers hope to millions of men and their loved ones. It begins in the small town of Ionia. For a small boy with a big imagination, Ionia is a place of wonders. Its woods are enchanted, its houses full of treasure—crystal balls, flying carpets, magic potions. As time goes by, however, Patrick begins to wonder if what goes on in his own house is normal. Life at home has been deteriorating ever since his mother married George, a factory roustabout with a violent temper. Hardly a day goes by without George’s violence. When his mother starts working the night shift, leaving George in charge, it is Patrick—the youngest of three boys—who becomes his special victim. To protect himself, the child must remain hyper vigilant, and at the age of seven he becomes “a private investigator, working secretly for myself.” But the effects of childhood trauma endure, and at age forty, Patrick is still struggling to make peace with his past. The final chapters propel the reader through a series of stunning revelations to the heart of this excavation.

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An Enemy of the People by Henric Ibsen, adapation by Arthur Miller.

Here are some excerpts from reviews of Patrick’s performance of the Fall 2014 production at Barrington Stage Company     directed by Julianne Boyd.

“As Dr. Stockman’s controlling and politically corrupt brother, Mayor Peter Stockman, Patrick Husted is often on the verge of melodrama but he holds himself true to Miller’s realism and avoids that over-the-the edge possibility nicely.  He is a perfect evil foil to the idealistic realism of Hendrickson’s younger brother.  There are even moments when Mr. Husted is so nearly convincing that it brings a chill to the spine.”

“Perhaps the toughest role was that of the Mayor Peter Stockman (Patrick Husted).  I was delighted when he was politely booed at the curtain call, and he graciously acknowledged the audiences ironic approbation with a smile and warm gesture of appreciation.”

“Iago lovers will be particularly pleased with Patrick Husted’s creepy and complex betrayal of the chief villain of the piece, the mayor, whose troubled relationship with his brother is of biblical proportions, in addition to the perilous issues at hand.”

“Dr. Stockman’s brother, Peter Stockman, the mayor was brilliantly played by Patrick Husted, as he drew warm applause and a few friendly boos for his very fine acting as the villain of the piece.”



HBO’s new Series “THE LEFTOVERS” premiers this Sunday June 29th at 10 pm taking the       “ Game of Thrones” slot for the summer/fall season.  I have a recurring role.  I play Louis Patterson.  The series is based on a Tom Perrotta best seller, and is co-created by him and Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of “Lost”  The Head director and one of the executive producers is Peter Berg who was the head director for “Friday Night Lights.”




Margo Martindale is currently starring in the hit sitcom, The Millers, on CBS.  She won an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of Mags Bennett  on the critically acclaimed series, Justified, on FX.

“Patrick Husted tells a story of innocence derailed in an era when the topic of child abuse was verboten. There’s nothing sugarcoated here. Raw and sometimes brutal, Excavating Pieces evokes a 1950s boyhood with childlike simplicity, revealing moments of both wonder and horror. Ultimately, this is a survival story—one that inspires with its telling of how hope, creativity, and art can lead us to resolution and forgiveness. It’s the story of an indomitable spirit that insisted on the truth.”                                      ———-  Margo Martindale       October 2013

Meet Eli Zal


ELI ZAL, L.C.S. W, PSYCHOTHERAPIST.  I worked with Eli for 5 years doing psychotherapy.


Excavating Pieces  is a quietly touching memoir of growing up in a home under the thumb of a rageful, sadistic, and sexually abusive stepfather.  Written with understated grace by Patrick Husted, I highly recommend this book.  Patrick is a former patient and when we worked together, I was often amazed and moved by how he survived the abusive landscape of his childhood with both resilience and dignity.  I hope you’ll give yourself the opportunity to read this touching life story.

Eli Zal                                                   November 2013

Joel Grey


“You really can write and what a story you have to tell. To have triumphed over all of it, and still being this wonderful actor . . . impressive indeed!”                                     —actor/director Joel Grey     October 2013


Ethan has guest starred in countless TV series and has appeared in numerous films.  He is best known for his portrayal of Pete on the hit series Benson, and Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001. 

“What would you do if you reached middle age and knew without any doubt that the accumulation of childhood trauma had made it impossible to continue on? Would you have the courage to dive into your murky past and painstakingly unearth and examine all the twists and turns, the wounds and the demons which had dismantled your very life? Patrick Husted does just that in this heroic memoir of almost unfathomable abuse. In clear and honest prose, Husted fearlessly faces the ugly truth of his boyhood and by any means necessary, peels away all the scabrous secrets one by one and in the process saves his very life. It is a powerful lesson, a story of personal triumph, funny, fabulous, and so forgiving.”                                                                                                                             —— actor/playwright  Ethan Phillips       November 2013

The Immigrant

A James Gray Film

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Immigrant’

 Patrick is featured in the New James Gray film The Immigrant, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard, coming out in theaters in early 2014. The film has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival and The New York Film Festival.


1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, she encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. To read a review in Variety, click here.