The Amazing Adventures of A Woman in Need
"The Amazing Adventures of A Woman In Need" is the first piece written jointly by Naima Mora and Marishka S Phillips. The play celebrates four female archetypes that beg of the audience a sense of solidarity by exploring their lives as quintessential New Yorkers. This one woman show is moving, a tear jerker with many moments that will have you erupting with laughter. Naima is seated as the narrator, opening the play for three characters which we see are parts of her own inner dialogue. Penelope, the supermodel who never dies; Joanne, the self proclaimed stay at home dog mom; and Marisol Yanette Arnelis Rodriguez Lopes, the serial dater seeking modern day reparations. This play will take you on a beautifully moving journey that explores the human heart and what it means to live in solidarity as a New Yorker.
Naima is an internationally celebrated talent. She became famous after winning cycle 4 of hit tv series America’s Next Top Model. Overnight she became a household name and her face synonymous with the world of fashion, beauty and pop culture. Since becoming a face for CoverGirl Cosmetics with her win, her career now includes being a world recognized, award winning model, actor, published author and inspirational speaker.
Naima is the author of “Model Behavior”, an inspirational book for young people based on her experiences in life and in the fashion industry. It is available on amazon.com for worldwide distribution and has received news coverage with local syndicates including ABC Syracuse, CBS Good Day Sacramento and NPR Radio’s “Insight”. Naima has since turned her literary skills into an online course called “Model Know How”, offering tools of confidence, technique and a thorough understanding of the business of the fashion and beauty industries. The course is now available as a certified program offered in colleges and universities around the United States.
Naima’s recognition includes awards such as The California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition and The Key of the City of Cincinnati for her exceptional work towards the embitterment of life and world peace. Her public speaking reached an international platform with a TEDx Talk and feature in SGI Peace Buddhist Organization’s “Buddhist In America”.
As a model, Naima has worked with some of the industry’s leading clients. As an influencer, she has garnished partnerships with clients including Nike Women, Vita Coco, The WBNA, Verishop and L’Oreal. She most recently toured her book successfully at locations including Harvey Nichols in Leeds, UK and Atelier Cologne in NYC.
Marishka S. Phillips
Broadway actress, accomplished director, and thespian guru, Marishka S. Phillips is an actor’s actor with an extraordinary wealth of talent.A native of Brooklyn, New York, Marishka began performing at age of eight, and by the time shewas thirteen, was cast in the European tour of Raisin, a musical version of the popular play A Raisin In The Sun. Upon graduating from Springfield Gardens High School, Mariskha honed in
on her skills at the prestigious Alvin Ailey School of Dance, the Broadway Dance Center, and Fordham University, where she studied theater arts.
Marishka’s big break came at the age of nineteen when the budding actress landed a feature role in the Broadway musical, Uptown: It’s Hot. Directed by the legendary Maurice Hines, Marishka found her niche on stage, and would go on to star in a host of other musicals, including Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, FAME: The Musical, The Wiz, and The Me Nobody Knows.During a quick stint in Los Angeles, in 1991 , Marishka made the move to television, scoring bit parts on the last two seasons of The Cosby Show and it’s spin-off A Different World, but by 1997, Marishka found herself back on stage, and spent the next ten years touring Europe in big budgetplays and musicals. Covering over eight countries, Marishka performed various roles in productions such as Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Ludwig: The Musical, and Teatro Piazzo. In between stage work, in 2002, Marishka released a musical recording on Hinterland Records entitled The Hike, and in 2007, released At The Waterfront on Mole Listening Pearls. Under the mentorship of renowned acting coach, Susan Batson, Marishka returned to New York and continued studying the art of acting. In 2005, Marishka obtained the lead in an all-femalecast of Othello, but by 2006, Marishka earned the lead in Absolute Fight at the NY Fringe Festival, and received an Audelco nomination for her role in Woody King’s production of Sweet Mama String Bean, as a young Ethel Waters. The talented actress would go on to star in Stage & Screen, a play directed by Tony Award winner Hinton Battle. As an actress, singer, and dancer, Marishka is bona fide triple threat, and has performed and toured with Sean P.Diddy Combs, Christian Castro, and CeCe Winans, just to name a few. As an acting coach, in 2011 , Marishka founded the Marishka Phillips Theatrical Preparatory. Having coached and trained some of the Hollywood’s biggest names, including Deborah Cox, Kerry Washington, Terri Vaughn, Nicole Beharie, Nafssa Williams, Tasha Smith and Elizabeth Rohm, Marishka’s ingenious acting method combines the traditional art of story telling through a spiritual connection.
As a director, Marishka studied at the Los Angeles Community College, and has directed two highly revered off-Broadway productions: Box produced by Stuart Films LLC, and Precious written and directed by Damian Bailey. On screen, she made her directorial debut with Love
Always, Eartha, a short film that takes an in-depth look at the life of Eartha Kitt in 1955. Most recently, she has directed The Diary of An Afro Goddess & Down To Eartha: Both One Woman Shows (nominated for an AUDELCO Award), Each Scar Has A Story: A One Woman Show and Storage: A One Man Show. Their Eyes Were Watching God was very well received which she directed in NY at Wow Cafe Theater. Recently, a new musical For All My Girls (an Equity Showcase) and her feature films MELINDA and I Am CHARLIE.
Marishka is very proud of this production created with the beautiful spirit that is Naima Mora.
Marishka lives and reside in NYC.