America’s Next Top Model winner Naima Mora stars as a quartet of quintessential female New Yorkers.
March 12, 2022  at The Triad

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“A deeply intimate tale that also provides a roadmap for personal introspection; watching Mora deal with her issues so openly is likely to encourage audiences to do the same.” – This Week in New York

After a sold out premiere last October, America’s Next Top Model winner Naima Mora returns with an encore run of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A WOMAN IN NEED. Written by Naima Mora and Marishka S. Phillips and directed by Marishka S. Phillips, it wil be performed March 12 at The Triad Theater.

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A WOMAN IN NEED celebrates quintessential female New Yorkers. With Naima as the narrator, the play introduces audiences to three quirky characters: Penelope is the supermodel who never dies, Joanne is the self-proclaimed stay at home dog mom, and Marisol Yanette Arnelis Rodriguez Lopes is the serial dater in search of modern day reparations. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A WOMAN IN NEED promises to take you on a moving and comic journey that explores the human heart and what it means to be a woman today.

Naima Mora became famous after winning Cycle 4 of America’s Next Top Model. Since becoming a face for CoverGirl Cosmetics with her win, her career now includes being an 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, now available at She also turned her literary skills into an online course called “Model Know How”, offering tools to help students succeed in the fashion and beauty industries. Naima has been the recipient of awards including The California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition and The Key of the City of Cincinnati for her work towards the betterment of life and world peace. Her public speaking engagements include a TEDx Talk and a spot 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.

Broadway actress, director, and thespian guru, Marishka S. Phillips is a native of Brooklyn, New York. At thirteen she was cast in the European tour of Raisin, a musical version of A Raisin In The Sun. She honed her skills at Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Broadway Dance Center, and Fordham University, where she studied theater arts. Marishka’s big break came with the Broadway musical, Uptown: It’s Hot (directed by Maurice Hines). Her stage credits include Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, FAME: The Musical, The Wiz, The Me Nobody Knows, Stage & Screen (directed by Hinton Battle) and Woody King’s production of Sweet Mama String Bean, for which she received an AUDELCO nomination. In 2002, Marishka released a musical recording on Hinterland Records entitled The Hike, and in 2007, she released At The Waterfront on Mole Listening Pearls. Marishka is bona fide triple threat, and has performed and toured with Sean P.Diddy Combs, Christian Castro, and CeCe Winans, to name a few. As an acting coach, she founded the Marishka Phillips Theatrical Preparatory and has coached some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Deborah Cox, Kerry Washington, Terri Vaughn, Nicole Beharie, Nafessa Williams, Tasha Smith and Elizabeth Rohm. As a theater director, Marishka studied at the Los Angeles Community College, and has directed two revered off-Broadway productions: Box and Precious. Recent theater directing credits include The Diary of An Afro Goddess & Down To Eartha: Both One Woman Shows (nominated for an AUDELCO Award), Each Scar Has A Story, Storage, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and the musical For All My Girls. Her film and TV directing credits include the short Love Always, Eartha (about Eartha Kitt), the feature film Melinda (starring LaChanze and Lillias White) and the TV pilot I Am Charlie.

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A WOMAN IN NEED will be performed live on Saturday March 12, 2022 at 7pm. The Triad Theater is located at 158 West 72nd Street. Attendees must show proof of vaccination. Running time is 70 minutes. Tickets are $30. For tickets and info visit For tickets and info visit