Upcoming Production, Winter 2019
Northern Stage, Carol Dunne, AD
SEX AND OTHER DISTURBANCES
Portland Stage, May 2018, directed by Nadia Tass
Playwrights First, New Play Award, semi-finalist, 2015
The Bridge Initiative, New Work Contest, semi-finalist, 2017
FIVE BY FERBER (That’s Marriage, a one-act adapted from a short story by Edna Ferber)
New Jersey Repertory Company, June 2018
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Dir. Rand Forrester, July 2012
New Jersey Repertory, Dir. Evan Bergman, June-July 2013
Nora Theater Company, Dir. Lee Mikeska Gardner, July-August, 2015, starring Jennifer Coolidge.
Selected Readings and Workshops:
Williamstown Theater Festival, Dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel, starring Jennifer Coolidge
Lark Play Development Center, Dir. Giovanna Sardelli, starring Harriet Harris
The Hayworth Theater, L.A., Dir. Ray Abruzzo, starring Wendie Malick
NH State Winner, Clauder Competition (Portland Stage, Maine), 2011
Jennifer Coolidge, Eliot Norton Award winner for Best Actress, 2015
Northern Stage, Vermont, Dir. Maggie Burrows, Jan-Feb. 2016
New Jersey Repertory, Dir. Evan Bergman, Oct-Nov. 2016
Selected Readings and Workshops:
New Works Now Festival, Northern Stage, dir. Theresa Rebeck, 2015
University of Delaware’s Professional Theater Rep, the Lark Play Development Center, The Dorset Theater Festival and Dartmouth College.
NH State Winner, Clauder Competition (Portland Stage, Maine), 2012
Eugene O’Neill Play Conference Semi-Finalist, 2013
The Kilroy’s List, Honorable Mention, 2014
Radio Play/ Podcast of Mad Love, retitled The Defenestrator, produced by Wondery Production, Los Angeles, California. Producer: Jeffrey Glaser, March 2017.
THE DIVINE FAMILY COMEDY
A Signal and Noise Production, The Eclipse Grange Theater, VT, Dir. Faith Catlin
Finalist, Lark Playwright’s Week
Semi-Finalist, Playfest! Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Florida
Marisa’s 10-Minute plays have been produced in the Boston Marathon of 10- Minute Plays, Barrington Stage in NY and in other theaters in VT, NH, Florida, New York and Massachusetts. They include: The Dress Rehearsal, Getting into Vassar, The Pre-Nup, Polar Bear Swim, Day One, Welcome to the Beekman Arms, No Love, Please, Cubs Win! and Total Expression (Heideman Award Finalist, Actors Theater of Louisville.)
SHORT PLAYS (one-hour)
THE LUMPKIN SISTERS' CHIRSTMAS CAPER
Panache Productions at the Hanover Inn, Dir. Carol Dunne
Yellow Taxi Productions, Dir. Suzanne Delle
Saving Kitty, “The New England New Play Anthology,” Publisher: Stage Source, Ed. Patrick Gabridge, 2017
Monologue from Getting into Vassar, “Mother/Daughter Monologues, Vol. 3,”
Publisher: International Centre for Women Playwrights.
The Dress Rehearsal, “Best 10-Minute Plays for 2 Actors,” Smith and Kraus, 2007.
Polar Bear Swim “Best 10-Minute play of 2012,” Publisher: Smith and Kraus.
The Pre-Nup and Total Expression appear in the Boston Theatre Marathon of 10- Minute Plays, Publisher: Smith and Kraus, 2009 and 2010.
No Love, Please, “Best 10-Minute Plays of 2016,” Publisher: Smith and Kraus.
Cubs Win! “Best 10-Minute plays of 2017,” Publisher: Smith and Kraus
Saving Kitty, Productions in Print, Publisher: Smith and Kraus, 2013
Mad Love, Productions in Print, Publisher: Smith and Kraus, 2015
ARTISTS RESIDENCIES AND WRITING GROUPS
--Resident Artist at The Marble House Project, Dorset, Vermont, September 5-Sept. 23, 2016
--Artist in Residence at The Hermitage Artist’s Retreat on Manasota Key Florida for 2015—present.
--Associate Artist at the Lark Play Development Center 2007-present.
--Writer at the Theresa Rebeck Writer’s Colony, Dorset, Vermont 2008- 2015 (one week annual retreat).
--Writer at the Monthly Meeting of the Minds, Lark Play Development Center, 2012, 2014.
Second Wind, Dir. Andrew Silver, starring June Brown, Tamzin Merchant, Tamzin Outhwaite and Harriet Walter, an Andrew Silver Production, 2014.
Surprise Engagement, Dir. Andrew Silver, starring actors above, an Andrew Silver Production, 2016.
The Russian Cousin (2 episodes) produced and directed by Theresa Rebeck. Pre-production, June 2017.
EDUCATION: Wesleyan University, B.A. Theater.
Marisa is the co-owner and Publisher of Smith and Kraus Publishers, the leading publisher in the US of theater books for the trade with over 700 titles in print.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Playwright Marisa Smith will serve as the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (State College of Florida) Annette Dignam Writer in Residence for 2018.