Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Daria Miyeko Marinelli is a Japanese-Italian playwright from Hartsdale, New York. Her plays include We Are Samurai, Untameable, A Departure, Ravenous, 893 | Ya-ku-za, and more. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, WOW Café Theatre, The VORTEX, Boston Center for the Arts, and the Barn Arts Collective, among others. She is a winner of The Weston...
Daria Miyeko Marinelli is a Japanese-Italian playwright from Hartsdale, New York. Her plays include We Are Samurai, Untameable, A Departure, Ravenous, 893 | Ya-ku-za, and more. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, WOW Café Theatre, The VORTEX, Boston Center for the Arts, and the Barn Arts Collective, among others. She is a winner of The Weston Award, an Arnold Fellow, and a Semi-Finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship at Juilliard. Daria has been published in various literary magazines including Fourth Wall Review, The Round, Clerestory, The Dionysian, and Bare Fiction. She is currently a Michener Fellow and MFA Playwriting Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. BA: Brown University

Upcoming & Recent Opportunities Include: NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshop at The Kennedy Center, The New Harmony Project, A Creative Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and 893 | Ya-ku-za's presentation at the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists.

Plays

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ravenous
    You don't understand how hungry I am / Trust me I do

    Set in Post-World War II Italy, Ravenous tells the story of Adri and Cian, two strangers, as they both try to make sense of the past few years and make a new life amid the rubble of war. Employing the use of real food and told over the course of a decade, Ravenous examines what it means to be hungry and what we will do to become satisfied.
  • 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.