Mara Elissa Palma

Mara Elissa Palma

Mara Elissa Palma is an playwright, performer, producer, and teaching artist. She graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and Political Science. As a feminist, first-generation Filipina-American, she seeks to interweave all the parts of her identity together in her work and on projects she collaborates on. Prior writing residencies include the Company One PlayLab 2016 (...
Mara Elissa Palma is an playwright, performer, producer, and teaching artist. She graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and Political Science. As a feminist, first-generation Filipina-American, she seeks to interweave all the parts of her identity together in her work and on projects she collaborates on. Prior writing residencies include the Company One PlayLab 2016 (Boston, MA) for her play OCTAVIA AND KLEOPATRA and the 5th Avenue Theatre First Draft: Raise Your Voice Story Summit 2018 (Seattle, WA) for her musical TIDES OF FORTUNE in collaboration with Rheanna Atendido.

Photograph by Sonia Xu @poweredbyxu and www.soniaxu.net

Plays

  • Tides of Fortune (Working Title)
    In an ocean of dreams, one must steer her own course, no matter how rough the seas. On board the cruise ship The Fortunata, Reyna makes her living as a drag king performer. She dreams of moving to the United States, but as a Filipino citizen must work to make her way there. External forces move against her, mostly in the form of Nova who is on-board to enforce the law. Reyna's ally Miguel can help... until...
    In an ocean of dreams, one must steer her own course, no matter how rough the seas. On board the cruise ship The Fortunata, Reyna makes her living as a drag king performer. She dreams of moving to the United States, but as a Filipino citizen must work to make her way there. External forces move against her, mostly in the form of Nova who is on-board to enforce the law. Reyna's ally Miguel can help... until he can't. Will Reyna take agency over her own destiny, or will she be swept away in the riptide?
  • Echoes of Empire
    Two leaders, Octavia and Kleopatra, meet with the fate of their countries at stake. Who will triumph in bringing power and influence to their land, without sacrificing everything they stand for? The personal and the political clash in this revisionist, feminist historical account of two powerful, influential women.
  • Octavia and Kleopatra [podcast excerpt]
    Octavia, Empress of Rome, receives Gaius Marius into the Roman palace after a 3-month mission to Egypt, and he presents a gift from Kleopatra, Pharaoh of Egypt. The visit launches a series of tactics and maneuvers that will decide the fate of both women and the countries they rule.
  • BOSTON*: A Mortality Play
    *This play will change titles to reflect the cities it will be produced in to reflect the shared humanity in each community.

    An exploration of the ways in which love and pain are so intertwined, and why. Of course, hope and time play a part in it too, for better or for worse. It's a love story, but whose?
  • Civil Hands (an excerpt)
    A king and his commander encounter a knight in an open field. A negotiation ensues in which two countries' fates hang in the balance. All is not as it seems.
  • Love Told Pain, Pain Told Love (an excerpt)
    An exploration of why love and pain coexist so closely in our lives. It is a relationship that is at the core of so many different relationships. What does that mean for our humanity?