Marisela Treviño Orta

Marisela Treviño Orta

Marisela Treviño Orta is an accidental playwright. She found her way to the genre while completing an MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco (USF) where she studied poetry exclusively. During her time at USF, Marisela became the Resident Poet of El Teatro Jornalero!, a theatre company comprised of Latino immigrants who devised work inspired by social justice issues. Marisela’s first play BRAIDED...
Marisela Treviño Orta is an accidental playwright. She found her way to the genre while completing an MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco (USF) where she studied poetry exclusively. During her time at USF, Marisela became the Resident Poet of El Teatro Jornalero!, a theatre company comprised of Latino immigrants who devised work inspired by social justice issues. Marisela’s first play BRAIDED SORRROW won the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, received its World Premiere in 2008 at Su Teatro in Denver, CO and won the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Drama. Marisela’s other plays include: AMERICAN TRIAGE (Marin Theatre Company commission and Repertorio Español 2012 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Runner-Up); HEART SHAPED NEBULA (2012 O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, 2013 Aurora Theatre Global Age Project Finalist, and 2013 Halcyon Theatre developmental production); and WOMAN ON FIRE (2007 Latino Playwrights Initiative commission). Marisela is an alumna of the Playwrights Foundation’s Resident Playwright Initiative and a founding member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network (BALTAN). Currently Marisela is working on cycle of Latino fairy tale plays which include THE RIVER BRIDE (2013 National Latino Playwriting Award Co-Winner), WOLF AT THE DOOR, and ALCIRA. Most recently, Marisela was accepted to the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and began her studies there in the Fall of 2015. Contact Marisela at: mariselaorta@gmail.com

Plays

  • Shoe
    Marta gave up college and life outside her family’s double-wide trailer in Texas to take care of her manipulative mother. In fact, none of her siblings have been able to escape their mother’s grasp. A new online relationship reignites Marta’s dreams and curiosity about the world outside, but her younger sister Ileana will do anything to escape home life—even if it means sacrificing Marta’s happiness.
  • Ghost Limb
    Set in Argentina during the Dirty War and drawing inspiration from the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, Ghost Limb plunges the world into winter when Consuelo’s son is disappeared by the military dictatorship. Injured during her son’s abduction, Consuelo uses a psychic connection between her injured arm and her tortured son to find his location before it’s too late.
  • Alcira
    In the last months of 1999, Fidelia moves to the San Francisco Mission District to live with her tía Carmelita unaware that the beautiful and powerful Alcira is setting a trap for her. Intent on surviving the next millennium, Alcira forces a showdown with Fidelia who must discover her true self and unlock her dormant powers if she is to survive. [work-in-progress] ALCIRA is part a cycle of fairy tales...
    In the last months of 1999, Fidelia moves to the San Francisco Mission District to live with her tía Carmelita unaware that the beautiful and powerful Alcira is setting a trap for her. Intent on surviving the next millennium, Alcira forces a showdown with Fidelia who must discover her true self and unlock her dormant powers if she is to survive. [work-in-progress] ALCIRA is part a cycle of fairy tales Marisela is writing inspired by Latino folklore and mythology.
  • Wolf at the Door
    Isadora finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband Septimo when he forces the very pregnant Yolot to stay against her will. While Septimo makes plans for the baby, Isadora and Yolot devise one of their own. And as a pack of wolves closes in on the hacienda, Isadora must decide what price she’ll pay for her own freedom. WOLF AT THE DOOR is part of a cycle of fairy tales Marisela is writing...
    Isadora finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband Septimo when he forces the very pregnant Yolot to stay against her will. While Septimo makes plans for the baby, Isadora and Yolot devise one of their own. And as a pack of wolves closes in on the hacienda, Isadora must decide what price she’ll pay for her own freedom. WOLF AT THE DOOR is part of a cycle of fairy tales Marisela is writing inspired by Latino folklore and mythology.
  • Woman on Fire
    Set in 2002 under the specter of the 9/11 terror attacks, WOMAN ON FIRE is a re-imagining of Sophocles' ANTIGONE set along the Arizona/Mexico border. The ghost of a woman who died while crossing the border haunts the unwilling heroine Juanita, the wife of a U.S. Border Patrolman. Juanita finds herself torn between the law of man and a higher law when she must decide whether or not to put her husband's...
    Set in 2002 under the specter of the 9/11 terror attacks, WOMAN ON FIRE is a re-imagining of Sophocles' ANTIGONE set along the Arizona/Mexico border. The ghost of a woman who died while crossing the border haunts the unwilling heroine Juanita, the wife of a U.S. Border Patrolman. Juanita finds herself torn between the law of man and a higher law when she must decide whether or not to put her husband's career and their marriage at risk in order to give the restless spirit the proper burial it demands.
  • American Triage
    Teens Lalo and Fatima struggle to keep their family and faith in tact when their parents are deported after immigration raids sweep through their city. But when Lalo turns to his guardian angel for help he sets into motion events that threaten to further fracture his family.
  • The River Bride
    Three days before a wedding a handsome and mysterious man is fished from the Amazon River. Set once upon a time in a small Brazilian fishing village, THE RIVER BRIDE is a tale of true love, regret and two sisters who struggle to be true to each other and their hearts. 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival World Premiere THE RIVER BRIDE is part of a cycle of fairy tales Marisela is writing inspired by Latino...
    Three days before a wedding a handsome and mysterious man is fished from the Amazon River. Set once upon a time in a small Brazilian fishing village, THE RIVER BRIDE is a tale of true love, regret and two sisters who struggle to be true to each other and their hearts. 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival World Premiere THE RIVER BRIDE is part of a cycle of fairy tales Marisela is writing inspired by Latino folklore and mythology. THE RIVER BRIDE was developed in residency with AlterTheater Ensemble, San Rafael, CA.
  • Heart Shaped Nebula
    "Your love is an anomaly. It defies logic, time, and space." On the anniversary of a tragic accident, Miqueo travels to the desert town of Tonopah, known for having the darkest skies with an abundance of stars. He has come to let go of his grief, but the Universe seems to have other plans. In comes Amara, a rebellious teenager who is more than she appears to be. With an aura of magical realism, Heart...
    "Your love is an anomaly. It defies logic, time, and space." On the anniversary of a tragic accident, Miqueo travels to the desert town of Tonopah, known for having the darkest skies with an abundance of stars. He has come to let go of his grief, but the Universe seems to have other plans. In comes Amara, a rebellious teenager who is more than she appears to be. With an aura of magical realism, Heart Shaped Nebula, explores the mysteries of the universe and the human heart. 2015 Shotgun Players World Premiere
  • Braided Sorrow
    Drawing on both poetic and naturalistic techniques BRAIDED SORROW tells the story of a young girl, Alma, who comes to Juarez, Mexico to find work, but instead becomes enmeshed in the series of lethal traps awaiting young female workers for which that city is now infamous.