Marissa Joyce Stamps

Marissa Joyce Stamps

Marissa Joyce Stamps (she/her) is a Haitian-American NYC-based writer, director, and actor who creates vortexes that center, celebrate and amplify Black and Brown voices through an Afrosurrealist lens. Recent plays include You Can Tell from the Twisted Juniper (2022 Eugene O'Neill NPC Finalist; Chautauqua Theatre Company‘s 2021 New Play Workshop; The Workshop Theater's Fall 2020 Writers Intensive),...
Marissa Joyce Stamps (she/her) is a Haitian-American NYC-based writer, director, and actor who creates vortexes that center, celebrate and amplify Black and Brown voices through an Afrosurrealist lens. Recent plays include You Can Tell from the Twisted Juniper (2022 Eugene O'Neill NPC Finalist; Chautauqua Theatre Company‘s 2021 New Play Workshop; The Workshop Theater's Fall 2020 Writers Intensive), Blue Fire Burns the Hottest (Exponential Festival 2022; The Orchard Project’s 2021 Performance Lab), deadbodydeadbodydeadbody (Ars Nova ANT Fest 2022), Techno Paper Planes Trilogy (Moxie Arts Moxie Commission 20/21), and The Water Rumbles in Limbo Time (The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2020, FEMFEST Houston 2020). She has also written for The 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues series (Miraiformis of Riverside Drive; Pine-Sol & Parfum; Greenland Air; Flanm Dife).

She has been a member of The Anthropologists since 2019. She is a facilitator in The Workshop Theater's Writers Intensives. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Brooklyn College’s English Department.

Marissa has collaborated with The National Black Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, Conch Shell Productions, Irondale, New Ohio Theatre, Keen Company, Rising Sun Performance Company, The Wild Project, Playwrights Downtown, BUFU, Women Between Arts, and more. Marissa is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.

She is currently studying under Haruna Lee and Dennis A. Allen II in Brooklyn College’s MFA Playwriting Program, where she was a Rona Jaffe Foundation 2021-2022 Fellow. She is also an NYU alum in BFA Drama and BA Journalism.

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Plays

  • 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.
  • 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...
    “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.
  • Being Up in Here and All the Other Businesses that Don’t Concern You
    Upon receiving Madame Dieufely's running sneakers, childhood best friends Aaliyah and Eli go on an expedition of running and rest and descent from the Milky Way galaxy and beyond to The Final Destination where Mama She awaits them for something unknown.
  • deadbodydeadbodydeadbody
    -“It’s cold in here.
    -I feel warm.
    Like I’m being hugged or something? -No,
    it’s cold like dead bodies.”

    deadbodydeadbodydeadbody takes us in three cycles of day and night, 72 hours within the span of 80 minutes. There’s Rajiv’s clam chowder at 5am. There’s Danté’s daily prayer at 7am. There’s Rajiv’s hour-long shit. There’s Dante’s hour-long jog. There’s Dante’s 2 hours of...
    -“It’s cold in here.
    -I feel warm.
    Like I’m being hugged or something? -No,
    it’s cold like dead bodies.”

    deadbodydeadbodydeadbody takes us in three cycles of day and night, 72 hours within the span of 80 minutes. There’s Rajiv’s clam chowder at 5am. There’s Danté’s daily prayer at 7am. There’s Rajiv’s hour-long shit. There’s Dante’s hour-long jog. There’s Dante’s 2 hours of restless sleep. And there’s Rajiv’s 5 hours of loneliness. It’s the things like these that make these men and then, of course, the two hours they spend pumping and boxing at the gym, the place where their lives intersect but they don’t even know who the other is.

    And at the end of those merciless 72 hours, comes the phone call—the call that instigates the entire reason why the two decide to have their boxing bout in Blue Fire Burns the Hottest.

    deadbodydeadbodydeadbody is a study of the preparation of greatness.
  • Vètij
    When Nile surprises her younger siblings Omar and Chris with a weekend getaway to see Kendrick Lamar, plans change when daddy's rich kids Quincy, Leah, Adrian, and Hattie invite them into their hotel's penthouse suite during an intruder lockdown. Between hangovers, and getting high, and taking bubble baths, and watching the sunrise, Nile tries her best to keep her sibling hood held together as best she can.
  • An Untitled Play About P.S. 278 Kids
    Jared and his middle school's robotics team of five have to create a robot for the district competition. However, between their bickering, technical difficulties, and breaks, they begin to discover they no longer want to follow the blueprint they were instructed to follow. This is a play about young Black boys avoiding being manufactured into every thing that they aren't.
    An Untitled Play...
    Jared and his middle school's robotics team of five have to create a robot for the district competition. However, between their bickering, technical difficulties, and breaks, they begin to discover they no longer want to follow the blueprint they were instructed to follow. This is a play about young Black boys avoiding being manufactured into every thing that they aren't.
    An Untitled Play About P.S. 278 Kids explores the beginnings of early Black brotherhood and the mothers than guide them on their journeys.
  • The Water Rumbles in Limbo Time
    It’s Girls’ Night… In!… virtually…
    Best friends 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.
  • 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.
  • Flanm Dife OR There's No Nimbostratus Today
    In the middle of a rain shower, Quin comes to their usual spot to sketch and have a conversation with a loved one. But something pressing's been on their mind lately...