Full of mayhem, this play never lets you forget the deep humaneness of its title character. It keeps one thinking long after the last scene. And yet I got through three books and I couldn't put them down. In reality the world is going to shit. With the apocalypse well under way, the angels have traded in their wings for Uzis and wear leather motorcycle jackets and fatigues. Marisol lives in the real world. I did not like the plot or the characters, and yet this was the most engaging thing I've seen all year I believe I've seen about 20 plays this year.
I This one is about a girl named Marisól being protected by a guardian angels until the angels decide to go to war with God. This is not a play that points a finger, but rather tries to illustrate the common situation we share, the common vulnerability, and the common responsibility. Rivera, grew up in New York after moving with his family from his native Puerto Rico. City scapes and human portraits are twisted in a horrifiing way, which however do not strike us as extraordinary. In this world, the moon has not been visible for months and most food has turned to salt.
There are clearly elements of the likes of , , and French playwright , especially. After watching two hours of denial, devastation, and utter despair, hope was the last thing on my mind. They decided they needed to get rid of God and replace him with one of the angels because he has gotten too corrupt. The woman in the fur coat who was lost because she lost her credit rating, seems to represent all of us who ignore the poor, the homeless, and the forgotten members of our society. She somehow catches it and melts it onto the page, and the emotion is so strong and so relatable and so real that we flock to it. I have described this play to those who have asked me about it as dark, but in a lot of ways it is a play that is extremely moral.
They are brilliantly used as storage and hide the necessities for scene and costume changes. I'm still thinking about the guardian angels! I have asked the cast to make a Herculean effort to live the desperation and violence of the play fully, while at the same time trying to find what is most vulnerable and human in even the most violent character. Every interpretation I'm able to come up with is ignoring at least a few major parts of the play. Marisol Perez, a young Latino woman, is a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher. Whatever the case with this one, I know it's one I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about for a while.
Alone, without her protector, Marisol begins a nightmare journey into this new war zone. She struggles to keep her sanity in the midst of the dangerous urban environment that is crumbling around her. No Reserve Seating: Seating in some venues is limited, so arrive early for best seats. But in a sci-fi movie, you can never be sure of anything; anything could be an alien or a robot or a monster or a death machine. Rivera, an Obie Award winning playwright and Oscar nominated screenwriter, still writing and producing on the west coast, is often included in the cannon of magical realism and.
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you I loafe and invite my soul. Subsequently produced by La Jolla Playhouse and Hartford Stage Company. The world has disintegrated around her: the ranks of the homeless are growing, and there are groups of Nazi skinheads who are wandering the city setting them on fire; the environment has collapsed, and coffee is extinct, cows are giving salty milk, the moon has disappeared and hasn't been seen for months; the government is in total chaos. This message, I believe, is particularly important now, after Katrina has shown how the poor were left behind by the wealthy. My friend Suzanne Hobbs-Reed had produced and directed this play in 2002, right before we graduated from graduate school, and I did my first lighting design with it.
The play, then, takes us through a series of encounters as the war in Heaven begins and the world is turned upside down. What does she figure out? This one is about a girl named Marisól being protected by a guardian angels until the angels decide to go to war with God. As the action builds to a crescendo, the masses of homeless and displaced people join the angels in the war to save the universe. And I think that's what makes this play work: the mood, the tone I just saw a production of this, and oh! The message, I think, is that the privileged of this world cannot turn their back on the problems that beset the poor, the insane, the homeless; that we cannot huddle in our enclaves and gated communities and be safe while others are suffering and action needs to be taken. People are selfish and greedy, and are mean to those different from themselves.
But maybe it isn't supposed to. José Rivera is a recipient of two Obie Awards for playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, which were both produced by The Public Theater in New York. As the world crumbles, I wanted to see a little professional polish wear off especially during high stress scenes in their respective boroughs. In the midst of this battle, New York City becomes completely unfamiliar to Marisól and people are changing during this kind of apocalyptic event. I didn't understand this for a long time, and then I read a review that I think had the answer. I won't ruin that part by discussing it.