UPCOMING + NEWS

MFA IN PLAYWRITING AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE!

After graduating Magna Cum Laude this May from New York University with my BFA in Drama, BA in Journalism, and minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology, I'll be starting the next chapter of my journey getting my MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College and will start my first semester under the guidance and instruction of Haruna Lee! I am also grateful to enter as recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which is given to three incoming graduate students, one each in poetry, fiction, and playwriting. I can't wait for what's to come and am so thankful for all of the love and support that I've been given by family, friends, professors, colleagues, and mentors.

YOU CAN TELL FROM THE TWISTED JUNIPER

IN CHAUTAUQUA THEATER COMPANY'S NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

July 27, 2021 | *invite only reading; please contact me for more info

“I warned you.
Warnings are the best gift, I think.”

When Joelli and Darrell's San Diego vacation is detoured because of intense monsoons, they get trapped in the middle of Sedona, Arizona. Amongst vortexes, strangers, and strange beings, You Can Tell from the Twisted Juniper follows Joelli on a desert quest that makes her question what's right in front of her. | The Old Globe Artistic Associate Lamar Perry will direct and CTC Associate Artistic Director Stori Ayers will stage manage this New Play Workshop (NPW), which will end with an invited reading. The New Play Workshop illustrates CTC's dedication to supporting important new American playwrights. 

BLUE FIRE BURNS THE HOTTEST

SELECTED FOR THE ORCHARD PROJECT'S 2021 PERFORMANCE LAB

I was selected from a competitive group of 1,322 applicants to participate in this year’s Orchard Project programming and will be in the Performance Lab directing longtime collaborators rajiv awasthi and Emre Ezer in Blue Fire Burns the Hottest, a new devised movement play about spirituality and igniting and extinguishing our own fires and the ones around us. The Orchard Project provides a launching pad for new works, providing opportunities for innovative artists, companies, and storytellers to accelerate and refine their ideas at all stages of development. | learn more here!

DIRECTING PHANESIA PHAREL'S THANK YOU

AS PART OF CONCH SHELL PRODUCTIONS' 2021 RESET SERIES

July 24, 2021 | *ticket info to come

A young woman enters a hospital, not to seek a patient but to thank someone who left her behind. | NYC-based Conch Shell Productions and Hawaii-based Kumu Kahua Theatre are raising the bar on remote collaboration via Zoom. They are bridging a 6-hour time difference (EST/HST) and producing a selection new plays written by BIPOC writers of the Caribbean Diaspora and Hawaii. The selected plays explore the strength and courage of women.

24 HR PLAYS VIRAL MONOLOGUES, ROUND 31 SPECIAL EDITION: NATIONALS

July 20, 2021 | *watch it here @24HourPlays!

Marissa will be one of the writers in Round 31 of the 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues as part of their Nationals 2021!

TECHNO PAPER PLANES: PT. III

IN MOXIE ARTS MOXIE COMMISSION 2021

Streamable July 31 - August 2, 2021 | *ticket info to come

Techno Paper Planes: Pt. III will be streamable along with two other new plays by playwrights Uma Paranjpe and Jessica Wu in Moxie Arts' Moxie Commission.

NO PANTS IN TUCSON

a new physical theatre driven and research-driven play with The Anthropologists | world premiere in Fall 2021

"The Anthropologists is embarking on new physical theatre and research-driven play... An exuberant, kinetic, energetic, punch in the gut, No Pants in Tucson is propelled by the legal text and social ramifications of outdated and misguided laws and America’s obsession with legislating the female body." Fall 2021 world premiere, She Tried to Vote in Pants, Irondale On Women Festival 2021,

No Pants in Tucson: Digital  | *learn more here!

RECENT

TECHNO PAPER PLANES: PT. II

IN MOXIE ARTS MOXIE COMMISSION 2021

Streamable May 28 - June 1, 2021

Techno Paper Planes: Pt. II will be streamable along with two other new plays by playwrights Uma Paranjpe and Jessica Wu in Moxie Arts' Moxie Commission.

DIRECTING CRIS ELI BLAK'S LAMENTS OF A BROWN BIRD SUMMER IN IMAGINARIUM THEATER COMPANY'S LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON FESTIVAL

Streamable May 29, 2021

Luis works as a security guard at a local public high school. As the six month anniversary of both his daughter and wife taking their own lives, Luis must try to find a way to navigate both the world around him, his own feelings and the people around him, including his one living daughter, his late-daughter's boyfriend, and his co-worker who questions him on his own ideals. This is a play about what it means to be a Black or Brown man with feelings, grief and untapped pain; what it means to hold that in and what may happen if you let it out, and how your reaction towards something may lead to you facing the same fate. | For Mental Health Awareness Month, Imaginarium is bringing together eight talented teams of writers, directors, and actors to create virtual devised works. 20% of ticket sales, 50% of donations, and 50% of merchandise sales will go to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

TECHNO PAPER PLANES: PT. I

IN MOXIE ARTS MOXIE COMMISSION 2021

Streamable March 26-29, 2021

Thousands of miles apart, a high schooler in the foster care system and a dying nursing home patient participate in a virtual Adopt-A-Grandparent program. Through learning and unlearning each other in the midst of searching for a sense of belonging, they journey towards building an unlikely friendship that tests their generational gap.