Out on the Pacific in the Princess suite of a cruise ship, Pinky Velvet Montalban discovers she has the power to heal—everyone but herself. A mail-order bride, Pinky ends up in suburban Texas—five thousand miles from home and being fashioned into a saint. A dark comedy about the limits of faith, the gift of life, and funeral potatoes.


New York, 1916. Max is a young woman trying to break into the infant movie industry while her best friend, Samantha, is on her way to a theatrical acting career. Controversy fuels the success of Max’s first picture, but at the risk of Samantha’s reputation—and their friendship.


Meg Lee was a childhood friend of Anne Boleyn, the famous second wife of Henry VIII. The play parallels Meg’s lesser known courtship alongside Anne’s famous one, focusing on the friendship that binds these two women together despite all odds.

Mel’s first produced play, Lady in Waiting won the Lewis National Playwriting Contest for Women.


Claire and Brennan have been best friends for years. But when the two are brought back together after two years apart, Claire wonders if the feelings she has for Brennan might go beyond friendship.

Winner of the 2009 Association for Mormon Letters Drama award. Little Happy Secrets is featured as one of the plays in the Peculiar Pages anthology Out of the Mount: 19 from New Play Project


The story of Catherine, a Christian martyr who, after her death, is assigned to guide a young peasant girl as she becomes the woman history will revere as Joan of Arc. Accompanying Joan throughout her legendary career, Catherine finds that her influence directly affects the girl’s successes and failures. As Joan spirals toward the inevitable, Catherine questions her assignment and, ultimately, her own faith.

Winner of the IRAM award for Best New Play, and recognized for Meritorious Achievement by KC/ACTF Region VIII. Martyrs’ Crossing is one of the plays featured in the Zarahemla Books anthology Saints on Stage


Adapted from Jane Austen’s beloved final novel, Persuasion is a bittersweet story of first love and second chances. Anne Elliot, persuaded by duty and title to give up marriage at a younger age, now finds herself face to face with the man she once refused. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this new take on Austen’s quiet masterpiece is refreshingly theatrical while remaining faithful to the original text.


What if you were called to serve in the restoration of polygamy? You could blog about it. An intimate look at first love, second wives, and last chances, Pilot Program is the story of Abigail Husten, a writer and professor whose life is turned upside down when she and her husband Jacob are called to participate in a pilot program restoring polygamy to current LDS practice. 


Full of distinct characters, sparkling wit, and timeless romance, Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice returns to the stage in this crisp, new adaptation. Almost from their first meeting, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself at odds with the reticent Mr. Darcy. She finds him cold and arrogant while he disapproves of her family and social standing. Despite his pride and her prejudice—or is it her pride, and his prejudice?—Elizabeth and Darcy can’t seem to avoid each other’s company. Brought together by a series of events beyond their control, both must reconsider their first impressions.

Commissioned by Brigham Young University in 2013 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication. Winner of the 2014 Association for Mormon Letters Drama award, as well as a 2014 Salt Lake City Weekly Arty award. 


Ben and Grace have been married for three years. Problem is, he’s slept through two of them. A contemporary love story that moves between the waking world, the online community, and dreams, Standing Still Standing shows the strains chronic fatigue syndrome can put on a man’s life and marriage. This is a comedy about love and life — and staying awake for both.

Winner of the 2002 Vera Hinckley Mayhew award, and an Honorable Mention in Drama from the Association for Mormon Letters. Mel’s 2006 screen adaptation won the LDS Film Festival Screenwriting Contest. 



  • I vote yes. Any of the above. If anyone can pull it off, you can.

  • Alison Anderson

    Technically isn’t everything we write basically a re-telling of another story even if it’s “original”? My vote is that you spin off a story, but have it be in a contemporary setting. That Perpetua story sounds pretty awesome though I don’t know how you’d make it contemporary.

    Anyway your idea reminds me of the book I just wrote an essay on for my class called The Hours by Michael Cunningham. He basically follows the plot of Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf only he has 3 characters in 3 different time periods (one is Virginia herself) and he narrates their thoughts as they go through one day. It’s rather pretentious in its focus on gay/lesbian culture and celebrity references, which I think gave it prestige enough to get Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Juliane Moore to film a movie based off the book. So if you’re looking for this new play to “stick around”, going with a cool spin off something canonized has good potential. But I’m sure that, unlike Cunningham, you’ll be able to write your tragic Greek-styled play and not come off being pretentious.

    Or maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m sure whatever you decide will be awesome. And if you know a lot about the Greek/Roman myths, I say definitely go for it.

  • Thumbs Up.

  • DL

    See also The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood. A retelling of The Odyssey from Penelope’s perspective.

  • As a lover of Greek theater (although I haven’t written in that style necessarily, I have written on Greek subject matter), and a lover of historical plays, I heartily would love to see you tackle the subject matter, especially the stories you mentioned… they sound fascinating.