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.

BLUE FIRE BURNS THE HOTTEST x EXPONENTIAL FESTIVAL @ THE BRICK

January 28 + 29 @ 8pm, January 30 @ 3pm, February 2, 3, + 4 @ 8pm | The Brick @ 579 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

"The mortal fear must be running high in the veins…"

Two men—two rivals—who, after holding out for years, finally come to a now abandoned boxing ring that their fathers, and their fathers’ fathers, and so on and so forth fought in to fight for their lives and to claim themselves as the “greatest.” In the midst of jabs and hooks, and crosses and uppercuts, Blue Fire Burns the Hottest finds these men, whether consciously or unconsciously, figuring out who they are in relation to higher power. | Blue Fire Burns the Hottest was selected as part of The Exponential Festival 2022. | tickets + more info here!

RECENT

NO PANTS IN TUCSON WORLD PREMIERE

a new physical theatre driven and research-driven play with The Anthropologists | World Premiere

November 10th-13th  @7:30pm and November 14th @ 5:00pm | ART/NY Mezzanine Theater @ 502 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

In the new subversive comedy, No Pants in Tucson, The Anthropologists’ draw upon blatantly bigoted state laws from the 19th and 20th centuries that made it illegal for women to wear pants in public. With a creative and producing team of women, non-binary, and transgender artists, they excavate historical newspaper articles, legal text, and photographic archives to unmask the real lives impacted by these archaic laws. | Fall 2021 World Premiere, She Tried to Vote in Pants, Irondale On Women Festival 2021, No Pants in Tucson: Digital  

CO-FACILITATING THE WORKSHOP THEATER'S FALL WRITERS INTENSIVE

I'm so excited to be co-facilitating one of the cohorts in the The Workshop Theater's Writers Intensive this fall! This is a weekly writer’s group that runs for 8 weeks, with four writers, and two facilitators/dramaturges. Writers submit an unproduced play, along with a statement of rewrite goals, and are then selected by the artistic staff. The script can be a first draft, only partially finished, or something that has been worked on many times. We are agnostic as to form and content.

YOU CAN TELL FROM THE TWISTED JUNIPER

IN CHAUTAUQUA THEATER COMPANY'S NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

July 27, 2021 | *invite only reading

“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!

CO-DEVISING WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT TODAY AS PART OF

CONCH SHELL PRODUCTIONS' AFTERSHOCKS: A TETRALOGY OF OUR TIMES

AFTERSHOCKS: A Tetralogy of Our Times features compilations of vignettes and short plays that that explore love and life in Caribbean American communities in NYC during the coronavirus pandemic. This mixed-media digital film project (theatre/animation/ montages) is developed/produced by Conch Shell Productions. AFTERSHOCKS is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts Access Grant and the City Artist Corp grant. 

CHOREOGRAPHING THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS' THIS SINKING ISLAND

AS PART OF RISING SUN THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES PARK TOUR

August 21 + 22, in-person on Governors Island | *ticket info to come

by Melissa Moschitto & The Anthropologists with original music by Mariah Freda

directed by Rachael Langton

choreographed by Marissa Joyce Stamps

This play explores the journey of young immigrant children escaping climate change in their homes through music and poetry. This show will be partnered with a post-show talk and activities for kids to engage them in the conversation on climate change from the production.

TECHNO PAPER PLANES: PT. III

IN MOXIE ARTS MOXIE COMMISSION 2021

Streamable July 31 - August 2, 2021 

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.

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!