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The story of a Mormon woman coming to terms with her sexuality without compromising her faith.

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The story of a Mormon woman coming to terms with her sexuality without compromising her faith.

About this project


I work with emerging playwrights, actors and directors to get their ideas off the ground. Whenever those ideas provide a not-so-represented voice, I get excited. When I have the chance to help build and strengthen communities by way of these projects, I get to work.

Playwright Melissa Leilani Larson wrote a play that I stumbled into last year. It's called LITTLE HAPPY SECRETS. It's a play that deals with homosexuality within a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) context. LITTLE HAPPY SECRETS is the story of a Mormon woman coming to terms with her sexuality without compromising her faith. Poignantly honest, funny, and very real, this is a story — and a character — you won’t soon forget.

There's a free audio version available. It's an earlier draft, but it's a great introduction to our project.

It's not so much the nature of the story, but how it's told and the incredible reaction it has received from the relatively small audiences exposed to it so far. The past few years have heated and polarized the discourse between the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) community and lesbian/gay communities. What I've seen this play do is open that discussion to an honest and sincere conversation between both groups.

Theatre has the power to create a forum for understanding and discussion. This project has lit a fire under me. I believe in this playwright and am excited at the chance to help her work gain greater exposure by producing the Salt Lake City premiere of this script.

We've tentatively secured dates (early February 2011) in a downtown Salt Lake City venue to produce this show and we are finalizing our production team. Our Kickstarter campaign ($4,500) will go primarily towards the cost of the theatre rental (plus insurance) and other production costs (including paying our actors and technicians something for their dedication to the project).

The Kickstarter campaign will end at 11:59 PM on my birthday. You can bet you'll be receiving a thank you card if our fundraising goal is met. In addition to the selected rewards of course! (remember, when you make a pledge you get every lesser reward as well)


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    PUBLIC THANKS! - Yes, your name will appear on our website and in our program (and a thank you card in the mail).

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    STANDARD TICKET - It's like buying a severely discounted ticket to the show.

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    CD - Limited edition copy of the audio version of the play (available on iTunes) but we'll ALSO be including a special interview with the playwright.

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    UPGRADED TO OPENING NIGHT - Your standard ticket just got a whole lot better. Join us on Opening Night and attend the gala afterwards.

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    TWO STANDARD TICKETS - It's always nice to bring someone along! This option is in place of the UPGRADED option for Opening Night.

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    SIGNED POSTER - Personal copy of the poster to our downtown performance signed by the playwright.

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    SECOND TICKET TO OPENING NIGHT - You are going to want to talk about this show afterwards so...bring a date (or a friend, family member, casual acquaintance, random stranger)!

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    SOFTBACK COPY OF THE PLAY - And actually...we'll have our playwright sign that too.

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    QUARTER-PAGE AD IN PROGRAM - Take the time to advertise for your business (or to marry off your single nephew).

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    FULL-PAGE AD IN PROGRAM - Looks like you're taking your pledge to the next level so we can do the same for this production.

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    DINNER WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT - Two seats for an opening night dinner with the playwright.

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    BELOW THE TITLE BILLING - What's that? Well, on all marketing materials you'll read "Third Wheel Productions presents LITTLE HAPPY SECRETS, in association with YOUR NAME (or your business name)." You can bet we'll be working hard to increase exposure to your business as a thank you for your jaw-dropping, generous support of our production.

Funding period

- (60 days)