Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Daria Miyeko Marinelli (they/she) is a Japanese-Italian playwright who writes about outcasts and underdogs trying to honor the wildness of their heart, impossible long-cons, and the things we take for fact that are really just cultural mythology. Their plays include Ravenous, A Departure, Beautiful Blessed Child, and This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic.

Daria’s work has been...
Daria Miyeko Marinelli (they/she) is a Japanese-Italian playwright who writes about outcasts and underdogs trying to honor the wildness of their heart, impossible long-cons, and the things we take for fact that are really just cultural mythology. Their plays include Ravenous, A Departure, Beautiful Blessed Child, and This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic.

Daria’s work has been performed at Victory Gardens, Ensemble Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW Festival, The Flea, and HERE Arts Center, among others. Mx. Marinelli has developed work with SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Playwright’s Realm, Fault Line Theatre, NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshop and TYA/USA’s New Visions New Voices at The Kennedy Center, and The New Harmony Project. Accolades include being a Finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist, a Princess Grace Semi-Finalist, and a showcased writer at the Consortium of Asian-American Theaters & Artists. Daria graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magnum Cum Laude, and with Honors from Brown University and received their MFA in Playwriting as a Michener Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.

While forever a New Yorker at heart, Daria is currently based in Los Angeles.

Plays

  • Beautiful Blessed Child
    I thought you checked your car-fluids / I did ?
    Professionally ? / No.
    Mm.

    Aimiko has never taken a road trip with t/her Mom. Sharon has never seen nor heard of any sort of mother-daughterchild road trip. And so, our brave pioneers take to the road, driving West, 10 miles per hour above the speed limit, with tales of cannibals (The Donner Party), crane wives (The Decemberists),...
    I thought you checked your car-fluids / I did ?
    Professionally ? / No.
    Mm.

    Aimiko has never taken a road trip with t/her Mom. Sharon has never seen nor heard of any sort of mother-daughterchild road trip. And so, our brave pioneers take to the road, driving West, 10 miles per hour above the speed limit, with tales of cannibals (The Donner Party), crane wives (The Decemberists), and samurai children (the mythic family lore) buzzing over the airwaves, offering avenues of survival, all of which are only moderately helpful when Aimiko’s car radiator suddenly goes dead.

    This is their story.
  • This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic
    This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic is a historical tryptic following the development our nation from courageous nomads to cash-strapped IKEA millennials.

    Part dance-theatre, part card game, and part good old kitchen drama, This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic challenges the Usonian* mythologies of what it means to be a republic(an), how that's changed...
    This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic is a historical tryptic following the development our nation from courageous nomads to cash-strapped IKEA millennials.

    Part dance-theatre, part card game, and part good old kitchen drama, This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic challenges the Usonian* mythologies of what it means to be a republic(an), how that's changed over time, and what to do when you discover your supposedly future life partner has just voted Republican. And you are not “a Republican.”

    *Usonian: Of, and or related to The United States. Because American refers to the whole continent, like, literally.
  • Ravenous
    You don't understand how hungry I am / Trust me I do

    Adri’s come home for her gun and Cian just wants to be left alone. And both of them know that without a gun they surely will die. Set in Post-World War II Italy, Ravenous examines what it means to be hungry and what we will do to become satisfied.
  • A Departure
    They say you are leaving / Yes

    Do you even know what love is? / No but I know what it is not

    Ume has fallen in love, again. This time, with a woman. In Japan. And what about her family in The States? Who is the woman she has become and who is the woman she thought she would be? Taking place on the eve of World War Two in both The United States and Japan, A Departure follows Ume as...
    They say you are leaving / Yes

    Do you even know what love is? / No but I know what it is not

    Ume has fallen in love, again. This time, with a woman. In Japan. And what about her family in The States? Who is the woman she has become and who is the woman she thought she would be? Taking place on the eve of World War Two in both The United States and Japan, A Departure follows Ume as she negotiates her duties as daughter, mother, and lover as she decides between loyalty or love in the great war of her heart.
  • this is what i chose and no i'm not sorry and yes if you'd ask i'd do it again
    Even after William’s death, high school life has trudged on. But when Sara starts planning an “Alive Together” assembly to honor William, his sister Vivian finally takes a stand and ask-demands Sara to cancel the event. Does it matter that William and Sara were “a thing” or that Sara may also use the event on her college applications?

    With the piece's narrative changing based on the...
    Even after William’s death, high school life has trudged on. But when Sara starts planning an “Alive Together” assembly to honor William, his sister Vivian finally takes a stand and ask-demands Sara to cancel the event. Does it matter that William and Sara were “a thing” or that Sara may also use the event on her college applications?

    With the piece's narrative changing based on the audience's choices, this is what i chose and no i'm not sorry and yes if you'd ask i'd do it again is a modular play which explores who has ownership over a tragedy and what course of action is best in the aftermath.
  • We Are Samurai
    After Josephine returns home to find her cats brutally murdered for a crime she committed in a past life, she enlists her boyfriend to help her avenge her cats’ deaths. What follows is a series of small, violent acts that are mundane and yet deeply tragic in their cyclical nature. Rooted in both contemporary suburbia and the historical traditions of Japanese Theatre, We Are Samurai uses cats, iPhones, and...
    After Josephine returns home to find her cats brutally murdered for a crime she committed in a past life, she enlists her boyfriend to help her avenge her cats’ deaths. What follows is a series of small, violent acts that are mundane and yet deeply tragic in their cyclical nature. Rooted in both contemporary suburbia and the historical traditions of Japanese Theatre, We Are Samurai uses cats, iPhones, and simultaneous action to explore age-old questions of agency and entitlement.

    We Are Samurai is an immersive suburban revenge tragedy about four twenty-somethings engaging in petty acts of violence in an effort to absolve a millennia-old offense. As the piece unfolds simultaneously across four different playing spaces, it is up to the audience to choose what to witness.
  • 893 | Ya-ku-za
    The way to make a person make a decision is to convince everyone around them / Maybe that's what I'm doing / I said win, Aya, not kill

    Set over the course of a business lunch in a unknown Japanese restaurant somewhere in the United States, 893 | Ya-ku-za follows Aya's bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese crime syndicate. Exploring themes of ambition, power...
    The way to make a person make a decision is to convince everyone around them / Maybe that's what I'm doing / I said win, Aya, not kill

    Set over the course of a business lunch in a unknown Japanese restaurant somewhere in the United States, 893 | Ya-ku-za follows Aya's bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese crime syndicate. Exploring themes of ambition, power, and loyalty, 893 | Ya-ku-za asks what it means to be first and what we're willing to do to get there.
  • Untameable
    There are things more important than love / Name them / Diamonds

    Pitting diamond heist against museum intrigue, Untameable follows the story of two young women, one trying to steal a jewel and the other trying to keep it safe. The work is an immersive romp between a criminal den and a modern museum; the audience navigates their own experience and much like the characters themselves, must decide...
    There are things more important than love / Name them / Diamonds

    Pitting diamond heist against museum intrigue, Untameable follows the story of two young women, one trying to steal a jewel and the other trying to keep it safe. The work is an immersive romp between a criminal den and a modern museum; the audience navigates their own experience and much like the characters themselves, must decide between love and diamonds, honesty or victory. Untameable is an investigation into what we will do to achieve our magnum opus and what gets lost in the winning.