As an emerging Asian-American playwright, Marisa draws from her own Filipino-American experience. Her plays are a reflection on the complexities of family dynamics and cross-cultural duality. Sampaguita, a play about loss, laughter and Lupus, workshop production was performed for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Immigration History Week, sponsored by the Consulate General of the Philippines as a benefit for LANtern (Lupus Asian Network) and the Filipino American Human Services Inc. The full production went to the First National Asian American Theatre Festival. She was then honored in Washington, D.C. as one of the 100 Most Influentila Filipinas in the United States. The latest production of GATED was nominated for 5 Midtown International Theater Awards. In the fall of the same year, she received a Fellowship from DiverseCity Theatre, to develop Good Girl, a play exploring the family dynamics challenged by denial and dark secrets.
YELLOW BRICK WALL: ANGRY WHITE MEN PLAYED BY TWO HAPPY ASIAN GIRLSPerformed as part of the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival. Produced with Leviathan Lab and 4Hawk Productions, Yellow Brick Wall was Chosen for Best of Fringe 2012 Collection. Directed by Danny Williams, choreography by Dax Valdes , lighting & projection design by Calvin Anderson and sound design by Ann Warren