Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Daria Miyeko Marinelli is a non-binary Japanese-Italian playwright. Daria’s plays include We Are Samurai, Excipio, A Departure, Ravenous, and 893 | Ya-ku-za. Daria’s work has been performed and developed at Victory Gardens, Ensemble Theatre Company, The VORTEX, SPACE on Ryder Farm, NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshop at The Kennedy Center, and The New Harmony Project. Their accolades include being a Semi-Finalist...
Daria Miyeko Marinelli is a non-binary Japanese-Italian playwright. Daria’s plays include We Are Samurai, Excipio, A Departure, Ravenous, and 893 | Ya-ku-za. Daria’s work has been performed and developed at Victory Gardens, Ensemble Theatre Company, The VORTEX, SPACE on Ryder Farm, NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshop at The Kennedy Center, and The New Harmony Project. Their accolades include being a Semi-Finalist for The Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

Originally from Hartsdale, NY, Mx. Marinelli graduated from Brown University and is currently an MFA Playwriting Candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Plays

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.