|Biography: Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York
City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs,
and poems. She is known for her gutsy, sexy, raw, performance style and
her intelligent lyrics.
Her newest work, SPEAK, is a genre-busting rock album with a mix of world
beat, spoken word, funk, r&b, punk, and classic rock-n-roll. It is very
Mase eclectic, provocative, theatrical, risky, and passionate - and as with all her work it has a TRUE/SEXY GROOVE.
Her rock opera, A Brief Night Out (BNO), tells the story of a woman,
having an affair, breaking-down, obsessing on war and re-assessing her
life has received stellar reviews, generating Marla quite a lot of press.
It is also the soundtrack to a theatrical version of the same story that
has been performed around New York City with Broadway Veteran Martin
Vidnovic playing all the male roles and also as a one-woman show with
just Marla and the band. A Brief Night Out (BNO), the show, is fast
becoming an underground sensation and with this show it has been said
that Marla is creating a new theatrical genre- Rock-n-Roll Theatre Noir.
Marla’s CD’s SPEAK and A Brief Night Out, are taking the social-media
world by storm and in the past year Marla has gained a following,
particularly overseas in the UK and Eastern Europe. The opening track to
BNO “Things That Scare Me” is now being played on over 250 radio
stations around the globe and her SPEAK album is being played at over 100
college stations in the US. She has been invited to perform at various music festivals and is currently working on a tour of Europe for Winter/Spring
Marla’s co-writer and producer is internationally renowned guitarist/
recording artist Tomás Doncker. They are now working on her 3rd CD,
personal affairs, scheduled for release in the Fall 2012.
Marla’s play, The Canarsie Line directed by Kathryn Rossetter, ran at
The Bank Street Theatre to sold out audiences in 2002 and was invited to
the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Her play Man/Woman was work-shopped at the
Abingdon Theatre in 2004 and is in the process of being developed through
these Brief Nights Out (BNO is the shorter version of the full play.)
She is also a regular performer in Carolyn Kitay’s Variety Show, Kitay
Kitay and the Wonderfuls and she is often asked to perform her songs and
her spoken word bits at benefits, mixers, and clubs. Marla has her MA
in writing and performance from NYU, is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa
Society and is the owner of PARTYpoopers.com and partySWANK.com where she
has produced over 2500 events these past 18 years.
Most importantly, she is mother to two beautiful souls. She is grateful
for her life.
Marla Mase is eclectic, edgy, sexy, intelligent & provocative. Her music,
lyrics & theatrical performance style have often been compared to Patti
Smith, David Byrne, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop & even Frank Zappa. Except
she's none of those. She's MASE, fearless raw theatrical rock-n-roll with
SPEAK, Marla's 2nd album in less than a year is a genre-busting ROCK album
with a mix of world beat, spoken word, funk, r&b, punk, and classic
rock-n-roll. It is being played on over 150 college stations and a favorite
amongst Jango listeners.
She is backed by the legendary Tomás Doncker Band.