Iraisa Ann Reilly

Iraisa Ann Reilly

Iraisa Ann Reilly is a Jersey-born, New York-based theatre artist with artistic roots in Philadelphia. She has a passion for telling stories that are bilingual, bicultural, and that actively address social concerns. Selected plays include Good Cuban Girls (Teatro del Sol, at The Arden Theatre), The Jersey Devil Is a Papi Chulo (KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award, 2nd Place Mark Twain Prize), Madame Anastasia'...
Iraisa Ann Reilly is a Jersey-born, New York-based theatre artist with artistic roots in Philadelphia. She has a passion for telling stories that are bilingual, bicultural, and that actively address social concerns. Selected plays include Good Cuban Girls (Teatro del Sol, at The Arden Theatre), The Jersey Devil Is a Papi Chulo (KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award, 2nd Place Mark Twain Prize), Madame Anastasia's Crystal Ball (Semifinalist, BAPF, 2021), One Day Old (Philadelphia Fringe, Reading The Eagle Theatre).

She performed her original work, A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Aphasia, for Philadelphia’s Solow Fest, 2019. Iraisa Ann was a semifinalist for the Page 73 grant in 2019, and has trained with LAByrinth Theatre’s Summer Intensive and the Maria Irene Fornes Workshop (with Migdalia Cruz). She is an NYU Production Lab Development Fellow, 2021, where she is developing her screenplay, La Reina Del Bronx. Iraisa Ann is a recipient of the Dalio Family Scholarship and the Chair Award for NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. MFA, Dramatic Writing NYU. B.A. Film, Television, Theatre and English, University of Notre Dame. iraisaannreilly.com.

Plays

  • Good Cuban Girls
    Marisol is home from college for the summer-with a big secret. How will she break this news to the matriarchs of her family without inducing her grandmother's instantaneous death? Good Cuban Girls is a coming of age story that navigates the first generation American struggle for cultural preservation in the face of exile. This bilingual play is an examination of faith, family and culture through three generations of Good Cuban Girls.
  • The Jersey Devil Is a Papi Chulo
    The Jersey Devil Is A Papi Chulo is a comedic, bilingual, post-quarantine play. Five American-Latina friends embark on a camping trip in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey for the bachelorette party that should have been. There they encounter two white “papi chulos” (‘hotties’) who are doing this camping thing right: with running water. Unbeknownst to the ladies, the boys hatch a plan inspired by reality...
    The Jersey Devil Is A Papi Chulo is a comedic, bilingual, post-quarantine play. Five American-Latina friends embark on a camping trip in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey for the bachelorette party that should have been. There they encounter two white “papi chulos” (‘hotties’) who are doing this camping thing right: with running water. Unbeknownst to the ladies, the boys hatch a plan inspired by reality television in order to determine which of the femme-fatales they will save from deportation through marriage. But will the boys be able to save the women from The Jersey Devil?

    Co-recipient Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Latinx Playwrighting Award
    Second Place Mark Twain Prize for Comedic Playwriting

  • Madame Anastasia's Crystal Ball
    The summer of 2006 was supposed to be the best one yet for best friends Marina and Jenni. Chasing after boys, working at Angelo’s Pizza on the boardwalk, and partying at night. But ten years later, in 2016, Marina returns, harboring a secret and trying to figure out why her life took a wrong turn after that summer. Nothing is the same, with nearby Atlantic City full of bankrupt casinos, and a friendship that is...
    The summer of 2006 was supposed to be the best one yet for best friends Marina and Jenni. Chasing after boys, working at Angelo’s Pizza on the boardwalk, and partying at night. But ten years later, in 2016, Marina returns, harboring a secret and trying to figure out why her life took a wrong turn after that summer. Nothing is the same, with nearby Atlantic City full of bankrupt casinos, and a friendship that is ripping apart at the seams. Why didn’t the psychic medium warn them about all of this ten years ago? And if she had, would they have listened?
    Semifinalist, Bay Area Playwright's Festival 2021.
  • Ocean Beach
    It’s been a while since Rose’s mother, Esther could remember much. Her disease has caused her to slip into an unresponsive coma, and Rose sits by her side during what will be the final hours of her life. Knowing that her mother can hear her, she decides to read letters which she found while cleaning out her childhood home. The letters were written by Rose’s father, Joseph, in the month’s leading up to their...
    It’s been a while since Rose’s mother, Esther could remember much. Her disease has caused her to slip into an unresponsive coma, and Rose sits by her side during what will be the final hours of her life. Knowing that her mother can hear her, she decides to read letters which she found while cleaning out her childhood home. The letters were written by Rose’s father, Joseph, in the month’s leading up to their wedding in 1947. As Rose reads the letters, Joseph and Esther appear reliving their love story, and their daughter discovers the life they lived before they were her parents. Two people who were never going to marry until one day when everything changed. A day that Rose never knew about until her parents decided to tell her through the letters.
  • One Day Old
    One day Old tells the true story of Operacion Pedro Pan through the lens of a dream. Wendy is the daughter of a Cuban exile and a college freshman away from home for the first time. She loses a necklace that her father gave her- one of the few physical items that her family has since they fled Cuba in the early 1960s. In a dream, she meets Pedro, a seventeen year-old man from 1962 who has fled Cuba through the...
    One day Old tells the true story of Operacion Pedro Pan through the lens of a dream. Wendy is the daughter of a Cuban exile and a college freshman away from home for the first time. She loses a necklace that her father gave her- one of the few physical items that her family has since they fled Cuba in the early 1960s. In a dream, she meets Pedro, a seventeen year-old man from 1962 who has fled Cuba through the underground operation that came to be known as Operacion Pedro Pan. Together they navigate a spiritual world that transcends the past and present. Pedro searches for his family as Wendy discovers what she was really after all along.
  • The Merit Badge
    Fabiola, a girl scout, tries to scale a wall in the middle of the night. Her friend India finds her. Fabiola explains she is trying to get to a park on the other side of the wall where her mom is waiting to see her through a fence. Will India help her even though it might mean going against the vow of serving God and Country? Will she risk her merit badge to help a sister?
  • La Reina Del Bronx
    The Bronx, 1965. Carmen and Juanito were friends in Havana. Now they are refugees in the Bronx. She helps him get ready for a drag show as she tries to get the new dirt about "el jefe" from the factory that they work at. Carmen comes to realize that sometimes you don't want to know "el chisme".
  • The Heartbreakers
    Millenials navigate the dating world- the flipside to Tom Petty.
  • Not 21 Yet
    2005. Two estranged friends from Atlantic City embark on different paths; College and Iraq. Written prior to 11/8/16, yet with references to #Trump.
  • Tom Petty
    Two women talk at the mall talking about 'that guy' at work. And he shows up.