Christy Summerhays as Emma in  Sweetheart Come , receiving its world premiere at PYGmalion Theatre in Salt Lake City, May 3-18, 2019.

Christy Summerhays as Emma in Sweetheart Come, receiving its world premiere at PYGmalion Theatre in Salt Lake City, May 3-18, 2019.

Melissa Leilani Larson

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Recent Happenings

Sweetheart Come is receiving glowing reviews!

“Larson, an award-winning Utah playwright, has produced a fascinating, cogent interpretation of Emma Hauck’s story…. [She] has carved out beautifully an interstitial space between abstract symbolism and literal manifestation.” — The Utah Review

Sweetheart Come…is one of the most fascinating pieces of small-scale physical stagecraft on a local stage in recent years.” — Salt Lake City Weekly

“Melissa Leilani Larson deftly manages to immerse the audience in a world of longing, beauty, passion, and horror.” — Utah Theatre Bloggers

Sweetheart Come is worth your time. It is a lovely piece, both terrifying and tender.” — Front Row Reviewers

Also, together with director Mark Fossen and actors Christy Summerhays and Roger Dunbar, Mel was a guest on KUER’s RadioWest this week, talking about Sweetheart Come.

Tickets are still available through The production runs Thursdays through Saturdays May 3 - 18, 2019, with 2:00 matinees on May 12 and May 18, in the Leona Wagner Black Box at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Shortly after the LDS Film Festival earlier this year, Mel did an interview with Jonathan Decker of the LDS news and culture website Third Hour about her work on Jane and Emma. That interview is now live; check it out!

Mel has adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s classic play The Post Office as part of a UN conference coming to Salt Lake City in the summer 2019. The play will feature a cast of local high school students.

Mel attended the annual Association for Mormon Letters Conference March 29-30 in Berkeley, CA, where she was honored wit the 2018 Smith-Pettit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters. Mattathias Westwood chaired a panel discussing Mel’s work. Director Chantelle Squires and dramaturgs Shelley T. Graham and Janine Sobeck Knighton presented on the panel. Mel was thrilled to attend, where she had the great opportunity to meet Carol Lynn Pearson, recipient of this year’s AML Lifetime Achievement Award. You can read Mel’s full award citation, but here is one particularly moving excerpt: “the true measure of Melissa Leilani Larson’s outstanding contributions to Mormon Letters are the ways in which her writing has given us the ability to better see and love each other, and in loving each other, perhaps to recognize the face of God.”

Jane and Emma is now available to own! If you live near a Deseret Book, you can pick up your copy of Jane and Emma in person. You can also order the Blu-ray or DVD from either or on Amazon. If you’re like me and like your movies in the cloud, you can rent or buy it on iTunes or Google Play. Check out the trailer: