WRITER

Marissa is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild. Her plays can also be found here at New Play Exchange.

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YOU CAN TELL FROM THE TWISTED JUNIPER

Joelli and Darrell's San Diego vacation is detoured because of intense monsoons and they get trapped in the middle of Sedona, AZ. Amongst vortexes, strangers, and strange beings, Joelli finds herself on a desert quest that makes her question what's right in front of her.

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • Eugene O'Neill NPC Finalist (2022)

  • Chautauqua Theater Company's New Play Workshop (2021)

  • The Workshop Theater's Workshop Intensive (2020)

  • Semi-Finalist for Space on Ryder Farm's Creative Residency (2020)

BLUE FIRE BURNS THE HOTTEST

“They be ghosts up in here…”
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, they both find themselves, whether consciously or unconsciously, figuring out who they are in relation to higher power.
Blue Fire Burns the Hottest steps into boxing, a sport whose goal is to consciously keep on returning to the ring to inflict pain on another and to constantly study that person all to explore the intersection of hypermasculinity, spirituality, mental health, especially for men of color.

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • The Exponential Festival (upcoming, Fall 2022)

  • The Orchard Project's Performance Lab (2021)

  • Finalist for Center at West Park's Spring Virtual Performance Residency (2021)

  • Playwrights Downtown, Workshop (2019)

DEADBODYDEADBODYDEADBODY

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There’s Johnson #1’s feast at 2pm and Johnson #2’s daily prayer at 7am. There’s Johnson #1’s hour-long vomit and there’s Johnson #2’s hour-long jog. There’s Johnson #1’s 5 hours of restless sleep and there’s Johnson #2’s 3 hours of contaminated brainspace. deadbodydeadbodydeadbody is an invitation to voyeur into two unbeknownst rivals as they see sunrise and sunset… and sunrise and sunset… and sunrise and sunset… deadbodydeadbodydeadbody is the 72 hours before the start of the boxing match of the century, the generational death match, that is Stamps’ Blue Fire Burns the Hottest. Can preparation ever be on point?

*photography by Danny Bristol from the World Premiere @ Ars Nova's ANT Fest 2022

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • World Premiere @ Ars Nova's ANT Fest 2022

THE WATER RUMBLES IN LIMBO TIME

It’s Girls’ Night… In!… virtually…

Bestfriends Peri and Asher hesitantly agree to a video call with Alex and Erin, who want updates on everyone’s global pandemic goals. However, when peri suggests she’s been sitting in stillness, it is suddenly disrupted. This is a play about what happens when we glitch internally and the process of accepting it.

*full video production available upon request

**photos from the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2020 Production

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (2020) // directed by Miranda Cornell + produced by Ryan Duncan-Ayala

  • Femfest Houston: Black Women's Voices (2020)

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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inspired by Maurice Sendak's book of the same name

A very pregnant mother drifts off to sleep. She enters a dreamspace of everything she wants and more for her son, Max.

Until it no longer is. 

Where the Wild Things Are revisits Maurice Sendak's classic children's book of the same name and thrusts it into conversation with black motherhood, Black adolescence, and consumption of one's culture and without the consequences of owning their identity. 

*photography by Megan Beattie first workshop at Playwrights Downtown

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • Playwrights Downtown, Production (2020) (*postponed due to Covid-19)

  • Playwrights Downtown, Workshop (2018)

PIN-SOL & PARFUM

After a night of partying for Marie's 21st birthday, Toni has to save her near-and-dear Marie's behind before her Haitian parents come for it. 

*featured performance of Tatyana Mack and Jessie Shaw, directed by Des'ree Brown, and produced by Angelica McEwan in The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2021 Viral Monologues

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2021 Viral Monologues - Round 31 (2021)

GREENLAND AIR

Renelle is wrapped up in getting her Secret Santa's gift ready. In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, she has a conversation with herself about gift giving and air, and giving new breath.

*featured performance of Lyric Ross in The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues - Round 22

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues - Round 22 (2020)

FLANM DIFE

In the middle of a rain shower, Quin comes to their usual spot to draw and have a conversation with a loved one. But something pressing's been on their mind lately...

*featured performance of Malik Childs in The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2020 

Viral Monologues - Round 17

Awards, Honors, and Development + Production History

  • 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues - Round 17 (2020)