New Musical "Shards Of An Honor Code Junkie" Tackles Gay Mormons, Suicide

The Brooklyn premiere will benefit the Trevor Project.

The Shards of an Honor Code Junkie, Blake Allen's autobiographical musical about a gay Mormon, will make its world premiere December 4 at Brooklyn's Tillary Hotel, Playbill reports.

Consisting of eight scenes, Shards is described as “a dark and intriguing musical that shines light on the inner struggle of being raised in an extremely religious household under a parent’s watchful eye."

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COLONIA JUAREZ, MEXICO - JULY 10: From left, mormon missionaries Elder Gil, Elder Moak, and Elder King walk to Sunday lunch in Colonia Juarez, Mexico in July 2011. United States Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's family migrated to Mexico over 100 years ago after being granted asylum from Mexican President Porfirio Diaz after they had been pursued by the U.S. authorities for polygamy. (Dominic Bracco II / Prime For The Washington Post via Getty Images) (Romney is currently running for the Republican nomination.)

While the attending Brigham Young University, which requires a commitment to a strict honor code, the young man's "world slowly begins to fall apart, unhinging demons of drugs, sex, and suicide in a coming of age story.”

The musical will be presented in memory of Alan Taylor, who committed suicide 10 years ago on December 4, 2007.

“I wrote this show in the name of advocacy, therapy, and connectivity,” Allen says. “While mostly everything in this story actually happened, members of the LDS faith or not can relate to the similar struggles of relearning about who you are. It is a message that love and friendship can be a powerful tool to claw your way out of the shackles of despair. It is an honest look at the LGBTQ community, at suicide, and the idea that we are all, in our own way, Lost Children of God.”

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CAMDEN, SC - JANUARY 11: The Book of Mormon sits on a coffee table as Mormon missionaries Shea Sego and Jacob Martin visit with Willie Fair, Sr., bottom, after knocking on his door on January 11, 2012 in Camden, South Carolina. As part of their mission, Martin and Sego go door to door spreading the word of the Book of Mormon. Sego and Martin have visited with Fair at least a dozen times since September, and Fair is now considering converting from Baptist to Mormon. (Photo by Jeff Blake/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Directed by Zi Alikhan, the cast will include Alison Fraser, Teal Wicks, Kenyon Phillips, Virginia Preston, Cree Carrico, Tori Scott, Theresa McCarthy, and Josh Tolle, as well as Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, Michael Lowney, Andre Jordan, Brita Filter, and other local drag talents.

Proceeds from the special one-night concert event, hosted by Marti Gould Cummings and MAC Award winner Michelle Dowdy, will benefit the Trevor Project.

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