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May 16, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Marisol

By José Rivera
Directed by Brian Mertes

A sensational search for hope among the ruins

Marisol is a young professional used to life on her own in the wilds of the big city. But everything changes on the day she wakes up to find the world has crumbled into a surreal dystopia – the battleground of a war between the angels and God. Frightened, but resolved, she sets out through the turmoil on a journey to protect her friend. Marisol is an everywoman searching for stability in a maelstrom of chaos, holding on to hope in a world she no longer understands.

Be sure to check out this show if you’re a fan of American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Purge, or A Clockwork Orange.

Best seats and prices available early. 

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Buzz
Directed by "bad-boy, visionary" Brian Mertes, 'Marisol' is "raw, surreal...if you’re jonesing for the Trinity of yore... 'Marisol' should fill the bill."
Channing Gray, The Providence Journal
Trinity Rep ends its season on a particularly high note with Marisol...The play careens around from magical realism to tragedy to absurdist comedy...This isn’t the sort of show Trinity does very often; you won’t want to miss this.
Law and Order Party
“a fantastical look at a world in which society is crumbling, nothing is as it was, and humans are left to find their way through disaster…but things begin to make sense, and there is a sense of hope, in Act II….there is humor – from sardonic to absurd -- in the writing and in cast members’ full-tilt performances.”
Kathie Raleigh, The Woonsocket Call
Complex, attention grabbing, current, loved it!
I was blown away. The acting was superb. The stage direction was innovative and edgy. The play was shockingly and terrifyingly appropriate for the current times.
Another extraordinary choice for your adventurous theater!
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Spoiler Alert!

Synopsis

Below is a synopsis of the show. You've been warned.

Marisol Perez has worked hard to get where she is. She’s working a white-collar job in Manhattan at a science textbook publishing company, she has a coworker, June, who is a good friend, and her life is “normal,” for what it is.

Though she works in Manhattan, Marisol still lives in the criminal hell that is the early 1990s Bronx, which is where she grew up. One night on her commute home, she is nearly assaulted by a mad man on the train. Narrowly escaping death, she returns to her apartment only to hear the violence of her neighborhood as she tries to get some sleep.

As she sleeps, Marisol is visited by her guardian angel. She reveals to Marisol that she has been protecting her for her entire life. The angel then explains to Marisol that God is dying and can no longer take care of the world that he created. The angels have decided that they must protect the earth and try to bring order back into the world and that they only way to do this is to go to war with God. The angel tells Marisol that she is on her own now since the angel must take up arms with the fellow angels. The angel explains that she can no longer protect Marisol and leaves her to fend for herself.

With no protection, Marisol is left to wander the world alone. Now that the angels are gone, the world has turned into an apocalyptic landscape where all food has turned to salt, people are beaten for having credit card debt, and Nazis roam the city and murder the homeless. Suddenly, the world is no longer safe and Marisol finds herself searching for answers, food, and shelter in a world that seemingly has none. Without the angel, Marisol is in charge of her own destiny and she must decide what she is going to do, how to survive, and what she’s really fighting for.

Community Partners

Cast & Creative

Cast
Angela Brazil
June
Octavia Chavez-Richmond '18
Marisol
Jackie Davis
Woman with Furs
Mia Ellis '12
The Angel
Mauro Hantman
Man with Golf Club
Brian McEleney
Voice / Scar
Charlie Thurston '12
Lenny
Joe Wilson, Jr.
Voice / Ice Cream Cone

Creative

Brian Mertes
Director
José Rivera
Playwright
Ashley Frith
Composer/Musical Director/Viola
Kei Soares Cobb
Composer
Orlando Pabotoy
Choreographer
Eugene Lee
Set Design
Cait O’Connor
Costume Design
Cha See
Lighting Design
Broken Chord
Sound Design
Meg Tracy Leddy
Stage Manager
Julia Perez
Assistant Stage Manager

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