José Rivera's angelic vision of the apocalypse
WHAT WOULd YOU dO WITHOUT YOUR GUARdIAN ANGEL? . . .
Almighty God is sick and dying -- and He is bent on taking everything else with Him. All the guardian ANGELS HAVE LEFT THEIR CHARGES to join in the fight against the IMMINENT dESTRUCTION OF THE UNIVERSE. As the new WAR in Heaven unfolds, it SPILLS INTO NEW YORK CITY reducing it to a SMOLdERING URBAN WASTELANd where giant fires send noxious smoke to darken the skies, where THE MOON HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN MONTHS, where the food has been turned to salt, and water no longer seeks its level. It's here we join MARISOL, A PRETTY PUERTO RICAN MIddLE-CLASS CITY dWELLER, as she struggles to protect herself in her ENCOUNTERS with STRANGE MEN, METAPHORS, ICE CREAM ANd NAZI SKINHEAdS on the search to find her closest friend June while navigating a world where ALL THE RULES OF REALITY ARE BEING BROKEN. A journey of self-discovery, loyalty, love, confusion, revolution, and the courage to press on even when NOTHING MAKES SENSE.
Starring local comedy improv troupe the RiP's Margarita Archilla, with a strong ensemble of TdAers old and new bringing up the rear as Rivera's Street People and supporting characters. Marisol is the fourth production of Theatre 'd Art's sixth season, the Road to Upheaval, and each in their way explore many of the themes of Rivera's apocalyptic tale. The notions of authority or dominion are not only challenged but made irrelevant when reality itself begins to distort. How can you control yourself let alone anything else in an alternate reality where everything you've learned is not longer useful? God's senile and unwitting destruction of His own creation throws the gritty streets of NYC into abstraction in this story where angels seem to be the only thing standing between humanity and impending doom. Conceptual and visual artist Anna Faye Hunter, who graduates from UCCS this spring, shares her vision of Rivera's magic realism, using strong design elements and innovative staging to explore the big ideas of the play.
"Even though Marisol is set in NYC, its fantastical situation, moral conundrums, and paradoxes take the audience, the actors and myself through an ideological rabbit hole, as if each of us is Alice, making it personal and bringing it close to home. What each person takes away from the outcome is unique to them, but I believe Rivera offers in his poetry a glimpse of the hope that we can overcome our fear of death." -- Anna Faye Hunter, director
March 15--31, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00pm
$10 General Admission
$5 for Students (with ID)
For mature audiences; contains adult themes and language
Directed by Anna Faye Hunter / Presented by Theatre 'd Art