Melissa Leilani Larson is generally considered to be one of the best playwrights working in the Mormon tradition today. Originally from Hawai‘i, she is based now in central Utah. Her list of accomplishments is long (link) but at the moment her most known work is probably Little Happy Secrets (included in our upcoming volume, Out of the Mount).
AML-Award winner in 2009 for best drama (citation), this is the beautiful story of a young returned Mormon missionary struggling with her sexuality as the friend she loves falls in love herself with a man who is just wrong for her.
The play was first produced by New Play Project in March 2009, but an older version is available in its entirety online as an audiocast (link).
Little Happy Secrets may also be produced again later this year if funding can be obtained in time. (For information on how you can help, click here.)
The beauty of this play is difficult to overstate.
A second Larson play will also appear in Out of the Mount. “A Burning in the Bosom” is also part of New Play Project’s best-of spectacular coming this September in conjunction with the book release.