Lenelle Moise

Lenelle Moïse

Plays Written by Lenelle Moïse

MERIT — (3W, 3M) Mona is the only black student and Southerner in a prestigious graduate fiction program in rural Vermont. When she befriends her divorced literary hero, sexy secrets, betrayal and ferocity ensue. Merit was featured on the 2016 Kilroys List.

THE MANY FACES OF NIA — (5W, 2M) When Jewish housewife Beth discovers that her son David is dating a black woman, her fears and prejudices grow into a series of outlandish apparitions. Set in Brooklyn in the early 1990s, The Many Faces of Nia is a laugh-out-loud tragedy about fantasy, stereotypes and racial tension.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G — (2W, 3M) When “around-the-way-girl” Lala meets brainy, affluent Dani, they muddle through their class differences to have an inseparable season of firsts. 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 haven’t they kissed?

Lenelle Moïse is a playwright, poet, and performance artist. Her Ruby Prize winning comedy, Merit, made the 2016 Kilroys List. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the Off-Broadway drama Expatriate which the New York Times called “inspiring” and “invigorating.” Her full-length plays have been developed at the Huntington Theatre Company, The New Black Fest at the Lark, Clark University, the Jewish Plays Project, the Hansberry Project, Southern Rep Theatre, the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Women Center Stage at the Culture Project, and the Kitchen Theatre Company, among others. Moïse was a Playwriting Fellow at the Tony Award winning Huntington Theatre Company and a Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit), a winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature. She has a B.A. in Women and Storytelling from Ithaca College (‘02) and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Smith College (‘04). Moïse will be the 2017 Lucille Leier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College.