Elise Marenson appeared in more than thirty stage productions and commercials before choosing writing over acting. Her play Wide Blossoms ran October 28 - November 13, 2016 at HERE in New York City. Reviews: http://www.theasy.com/Reviews/2016/L/lostvoices.php and http://stagebuddy.com/reviews/review-lost-voices-wide-blossoms-vanishing.... In 2015, her play Real Estate of Emergency was produced at the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York. Her play Learn To Drive was voted Best Drama at the First Stage Los Angeles Playwrights Festival in 2014. A production of her play Colony was featured in the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival. Also in 2014, her comedy Head Trauma played at the Roy Arias Theatre. In 2011, she wrote and directed Straight From The Rib gleaned from her life experience, with twenty-seven monologues performed by a cast of nine women of all ages. She directed productions at the Abingdon Theatre, WorkShop Theater Company, Samuel French OOB Festival, New Center Stages, Strawberry Theatre Festival, Sounding Theater, Atlantic Theater School, Westbeth Theatre, The Triad, as well as numerous readings.
Elise’s feature length screenplays Jeremy, Malcolm, and Bess, Spacious Skies, Chorus Girl, and Picked Out, were finalists in Ace Fest, FilmMakers International, Scriptapalooza, and Chesterfield Writers Film Project competitions. Two scripts have been optioned. She wrote and directed Joanie and Amalia which earned jury mention at the International Short Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand. She is a script consultant and has taught acting, using what she learned from her teacher Uta Hagen. You can read her theater reviews at thefrontrowcenter.com. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and NY Women in Film & Television. Elise is currently developing two full length stage plays, American Flamingos and Comfort Zones.
Name: Elise Marenson
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Playwright, Screenwriter and Script Consultant
Unique traits: Bilingual in English & French
Theater by The Eagle Project/Jessi D. Hill (Drama) Playwright Wide Blossoms takes place one evening at a Baton Rouge bar, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. James, a young lawyer drinking perhaps to numb a guilty conscience, is from a biracial family but passes for white. He is about to leave when a mysterious young African American woman appears, disheveled and disoriented. She drops phrases and poems that haunt him. James, why didn’t you bring the boat? Mari asks. He insists that he doesn’t know her. But Mari persists. The storm left her with nothing but the poems of her grandpa who drowned in the flooding waters. As the bar nears closing time, James learns that the grandfather he never knew perished in the storm, because he did nothing to rescue him. Mari forces him to come out of denial, face the past, and take a first step at looking after someone other than himself. This night, James gets a second chance at redemption.
Play LEARN TO DRIVE voted Best Drama at First Stage LA.