Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s twelfth season will open in October with Jose Rivera’s MARISOL – an absurdist comedy in which a young New York City woman of Puerto Rican descent finds herself immersed in a battle led by angels to save the universe from a senile and ineffectual God. Marisol Perez is a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher. Though she is a white-collar worker, she still chooses to live alone in the tough section of the Bronx where she grew up. The play opens with Marisol barely escaping a vicious attack on her subway trip back to the Bronx. Later that evening, Marisol’s guardian angel pays a visit to tell her she can no longer serve as Marisol's protector because she has been called to join the revolution already in progress against an old and senile God who is dying and "taking the rest of the universe with him." The angel warns Marisol that she will face many threats over the coming days and advises her to be prepared to defend herself. Soon, Marisol is caught up in the Armageddon being fought on the streets of New York City.
Director Juan Castañeda, former artistic director of Chicago’s UrbanTheater Company, announced his cast for the production today. Leading the cast will be Rosie Ramos, playing Marisol. She’ll be joined by Jazzma Pryor as the Angel, Promethean artistic associate Megan DeLay (twins Isabelle and Sabine in Promethean’s THE LIAR) as June, Mike Cherry (Jerry in City Lit’s AT HOME AT THE ZOO) as Lenny, and Promethean Ensemble Member Jamie Bragg (Oscar Wilde in Promethean’s GROSS INDECENCY) as Woman in Furs. Amanda Lopez will understudy the role of Marisol.
The production team will include ensemble member Jeremiah Barr (scenic design), Uriel Gomez (costume design), John Kelly (lighting design), Sarah Espinoza (sound design), Arielle Valene (properties design), ensemble member Brendan Hutt (violence design), Hazel Marie Flowers-McCabe will be stage manager and Danielle Malenock will be assistant director.
Marisol premiered at the Humana Festival of New Plays in 1992. It was produced in New York City off-Broadway by the New York Public Theatre the following year in a staging directed by Michael Greif (RENT, GREY GARDENS, WAR PAINT) that won the 1993 Obie award for playwriting. Rivera has since written some thirty plays, including REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT and BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED.
Director Juan Castañeda says, “I’m a huge fan of Rivera’s work. I’ve directed or assistant directed six of his plays and I’m thrilled to be directing MARISOL in its 25th Anniversary year. The play reflects the anxiety of the time in which it was written, but it’s equally resonant for us today in these divisive times. I think Rivera is telling us that while we have to push back against oppression, we should seek to achieve unity with the “other side” and not simply try to achieve victory over those with whom we disagree. We also have to work on self-healing in this shattered world. Rivera’s magical realism helps me understand the world today better than a realistic ‘kitchen sink’ drama would.”
Promethean’s MARISOL will be performed on Raven Theatre’s intimate West Stage, and will open on Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm, following previews from Friday, October 20 – Friday, October 27. More information is available at www.prometheantheatre.org. For box office inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Castañeda (director) has directed plays for Chicago Fusion Theatre at the DCA storefront, co-directed at the Steppenwolf Garage Rep with Urban Theater Company, Theatre on the Lake with UrbanTheater Company, Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan, Colectivo El Pozo and Halcyon Theatre. He has been a company member, literary manager and artistic director for UrbanTheatre Company. He is a 2006 graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Jose Rivera (playwright) is the Obie Award winning author of MARISOL, CLOUD TECTONICS, REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT, and BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED, among many others. His screenplay for THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. More recently, he wrote the screenplays for LETTERS TO JULIET, ON THE ROAD and THE 33.
by José Rivera
directed by Juan Castañeda
Raven Theatre West Stage
6157 N. Clark St., Chicago
October 20-November 26, 2017
Performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3:30 pm
Previews Friday, October 20 – Friday, October 27
Press opening Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm
Regular run October 29 through November 26, 2017
No show on Thanksgiving
Tickets: General $25.00, Seniors (65+) $20.00, Students/Children $15.00
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