Lenelle Moise

Lenelle Moise

Lenelle Moïse (pronounced "moy-eez") wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically-acclaimed Off Broadway drama EXPATRIATE. Her Ruby Prize winning comedy MERIT was featured on the 2016 Kilroys List. Her other full-length plays include THE MANY FACES OF NIA and K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Lenelle was the Spring 2018 Playwright-in-Residence at Ithaca College, the 2017 Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College,...
Lenelle Moïse (pronounced "moy-eez") wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically-acclaimed Off Broadway drama EXPATRIATE. Her Ruby Prize winning comedy MERIT was featured on the 2016 Kilroys List. Her other full-length plays include THE MANY FACES OF NIA and K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Lenelle was the Spring 2018 Playwright-in-Residence at Ithaca College, the 2017 Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, a 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing, a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow, and a Next Voices Fellow at New Rep. She has received commissions, awards and/or play development residencies from the Gaea Foundation, Southern Rep, Hedgebrook, Astraea, Clark University, Northwestern University, UT Austin, and Women Center Stage at the Culture Project. She has written short works for Center Stage (My America) and The New Black Fest (UnTamed). Lenelle is internationally touring solo performer and was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Her book of poetry, HAITI GLASS, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and a winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature.

Plays

  • K-I-S-S-I-N-G
    This is a play about young Americans, economic inheritances, and emotional baggage. When “around-the-way-girl” Lala meets brainy, affluent Dani, they muddle through their class differences to have an inseparable summer. Fueled by a mutual love of visual art and old school music, they flirt and debate in museums, forests and on the hood of Dani’s car. It seems romantic. So why aren't they K-I-S-S-I-N-G?
  • Merit
    Featured on the 2016 Kilroys List! Set in rural Vermont, MERIT follows Mona, the only student of color (and Southerner) in her prestigious graduate fiction program. When she befriends distinguished professor Doctor Sive—a demanding divorcee with fatigued sex appeal—the two are called to strike a balance between curiosity and propriety, desire and professionalism. Hilarity and ferocity ensue. Winner of the 2012 Ruby Prize.
  • The Many Faces of Nia
    Jewish housewife Beth discovers that her son David is dating a black woman. Her fears and prejudices grow into a series of outlandish apparitions. When the real Nia comes to dinner, invasive neighbors and family revelations muddle Beth’s attempt to be a good hostess. Set in Brooklyn in the early 1990s, THE MANY FACES OF NIA is a laugh-out-loud tragedy about fantasy, stereotypes and racial tension.