Elise Marenson

Elise Marenson

Playwright, Screenwriter, Script Consultant and Director

New York City, New York

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July 2014
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About Elise

NEW! November 2021 Elise's script LOVE FROM FRIENDS is the winner of the CinemaStreet short play competition. CinemaStreet will produce and direct.

Elise Marenson has written numerous screenplays and stage plays in drama and comedy. She holds two screenplay options and is currently developing a TV series with a female lead detective on social justice themes.

December 2020: Her pilot script ELENA MONTOYA was a Semifinalist in the Stage 32 Diversity Springboard Screenwriting Contest.

Her short story ELLIS MORNING appears in the May 2020 Issue 6 of the literary magazine FLEAS ON THE DOG.

She optioned a holiday MOW script in October 2019. Also in 2019, her political play CRITICAL AFFAIRS was seen in the LIC Short Play Festival. Her dark comedy HEAD TRAUMA was part of the Boo Festival at the Players Theatre in New York.

Her play WIDE BLOSSOMS was produced at HERE Arts Center in October/November 2016 in SoHo. In 2015, her play REAL ESTATE OF EMERGENCY had a production at Metropolitan Playhouse in New York. LEARN TO DRIVE was voted Best Drama at the First Stage Los Angeles Playwrights Festival in 2014. COLONY was seen in the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2011, she wrote and directed STRAIGHT FROM THE RIB, a show gleaned from life experience, with twenty-seven monologues performed by a cast of nine women.

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. With AMERICAN FLAMINGOS, she recently completed another full length play COMFORT ZONES.

Her 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. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and NYWIFT (NY Women in Film & Television).

Unique traits: Bilingual in English & French

Loglines

  • Buried Lies

    Buried Lies Budget: $100K - $1M | Mystery Drama A human skeleton discovered in a back yard digs up old family secrets and points to two sisters as murder suspects.  

  • Blessingway

    Blessingway Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller Crime A New York pulp fiction writer busts a gang of human traffickers illegally settled on the Navajo reservation when they steal his laptop and manuscripts in a case of mistaken identity.

  • Perfect Deception

    Perfect Deception Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller A happily married woman’s perfect life turns into a nightmare when her grifter husband leaves her broke and hires an assassin to kill her. A woman-in-peril MOW script.

  • A Fool's Game

    A Fool's Game Budget: $100K - $1M | Mystery Crime After a string of female deaths that were ruled accidents, a sheriff and his teen daughter hunt a killer in their sleepy forest village. Set in present day.

  • Boys Love This

    Boys Love This Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy Romance A late bloomer in working class Brooklyn kidnaps a hot personal trainer to be her boyfriend.

  • A New Kind of Christmas

    A New Kind of Christmas Budget: $100K - $1M | Romance Family A young widow with two kids reluctantly takes her boss' assignment to restore a spooky, dilapidated country inn with quirky old residents where they turn a bleak Christmas around with new friends and a wonderful man for mom.

  • Two Sides of My Heart

    Two Sides of My Heart Budget: $100K - $1M | Romance An idealistic NY lawyer falls in love with her legal opponent, the developer whose plan for a hotel marina will destroy her family's fishing livelihood in her Maine hometown.

  • The Ride of My Life

    The Ride of My Life Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance Drama A woman who hasn’t attended church in years reconnects with her faith, her parents, and the town where she grew up when an unlikely romance blossoms between her and their new pastor.

Credits

  • Wide Blossoms

    Wide Blossoms (2016)
    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.

Awards

  • Play LEARN TO DRIVE voted Best Drama at First Stage LA.
    (2014)

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