Corianton: An Aztec Romance

Written by

Orestes Utah Bean

Date of premiere

August 11, 1902[1]

Location of premiere

Salt Lake Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah

Adapted from

Corianton: An Aztec Romance, by B. H. Roberts

Bean's play was published In Salt Lake City before its premier there. The production was not a success. It was restaged in Salt Lake the following year and numerous times in Utah over the next couple decades in various forms.[2]

Bean brought Corianton under the title An Aztec Romance to the Manhattan Opera House, premiering on September 16, 1912 and lasting for six performances.[3]

Lester Park developed Bean's play into a film titled Corianton: A Story of Unholy Love which played in Utah, beginning October 1, 1931 in Salt Lake City and October 2 in Richfield.[4][5]

Bean's widow Zoan Bean wrote a teleplay based on the play titled "Out of the Dust" during the 1960s.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 “Corianton”: Genealogy of a Mormon Phenomenon, by Ardis E. Parshall, published on Keepapitchinin, August 16, 2008
  2. op cit Parshall
  3. op cit Parshall
  4. op cit Parshall
  5. Grandpa's film made us proud by Orson Scott Card, Mormon Times, Oct. 08, 2009

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