Persuasion, College of Saint Benedict | Saint John's University, 2014. 

Melissa Leilani Larson

Hi, my name is Mel and I'm a writer. Feel free to browse the site to learn more about me and my work. Thanks for stopping by! 

Recent Happenings

Mel's newest play Mountain Law is part of Plan-B Theatre's annual Script-in-Hand free reading series. The reading will be March 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free but required. All tickets are presently claimed, but it's probably still worth it to come to the Rose Wagner Studio Theatre around 6 or 6:30 p.m. March 7th and see if a seat opens up. 

Mel wrote the screenplay Jane and Emma, a new film about the friendship between Black LDS pioneer Jane Manning James and Emma Hale Smith. Filming is scheduled for March/April 2018, with a theatrical release later in the year. 

Over the course of the 2017/18 season, Mel has been workshopping her play Sweetheart Come with PYGmalion Productions in Salt Lake City. There will be a staged reading in late April 2018 (more details to come). 

Mel's work-in-progress adaptation The Girl Who Drank the Moon received a staged reading at Utah Valley University December 6, 2017. It was great to hear the piece aloud, and Mel is continuing work on the next draft. 

Julie Bowman reviewed Mel's book Third Wheel for the Fall 2017 issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. "Intimacy is the critical strength of these plays.... Third Wheel shows us characters with pain points that prompt us to discuss their conditions. These dilemmas matter a great deal to the spectrum of conversations currently underway in the LDS community. It's worth reading, staging, and discussing these plays." 

Mel was invited to be the featured writer for the 2017 spring quarter at the LDS women’s journal Segullah. Read her interview, and check out excerpts from Little Happy Secrets , Pilot Program, and Sweetheart Come.

Mel was one of 12 Utah-based playwrights whose short plays comprise the evening (In)divisible, premiering June 8-18 at Plan-B Theatre. 

Mel scripted a commercial for a new campaign aimed at helping people better understand the Better Business Bureau and its mission. The final product looks pretty great: