(A dark comedic drama in two-acts)

by Melisa Malvin-Middleton


Sex, grief, and prayer—and not necessarily in that order—dominate the life of teenage Jo. Even before the death of her father, Jo’s life was complicated. But now, she is more confused, desperately seeking comfort, often through disturbing measures. However, the types of support she receives from her family only confuse matters, elevating Jo’s despair.

Underneath the surface of a seemingly ordinary family grieving the loss of a loved one are profound feelings of resentment and regret. Eventually revealed are dark family secrets that have been bandaged over throughout the years under the guise of religion and convoluted notions of love.

Kneeling and Praying explores themes such as the devastation of grief, faith amongst religious hypocrisy, and the destructiveness of molestation.


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Melisa Malvin-Middleton is a native Los Angeleno singer-songwriter, playwright, and poet who graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a B.A. in English and a minor in Theatre. Currently, she is pursing an M.A. in Creative Writing at CSUN. Melisa resides with her husband and their menagerie of rescued canines and felines.