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Marisol Perez, a young Latino woman, is a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher. Although she has elevated herself into the white collar class, she continues to live alone in the dangerous Bronx neighborhood of her childhood. As the play begins, Marisol narrowly escapes a vicious attack by a golf-club-wielding madman while traveling home on the subway. Later that evening M ...more
Unknown Binding, 60 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Dramatists Play Service (first published January 1994)
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Helen Sebesta
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just saw a live production at Trinity Conservatory Theater in Providence and I think the play is fascinating. It keeps one thinking long after the last scene. It is definitely part of Theater of the Absurd, but the themes in the play are not really so absurd. The characters abound in real life and they make the play quite accessible. I saw Lenny, when he demanded that he control Marisol and she could have his baby, as a God figure, or perhaps a symbol of the Catholic church in that he said she ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This play was really good! I started reading it for my theatre class and it was one of my favorites we've read thus far! I love how blunt all of the characters are and how far they are willing to go simply for a little friendship.
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Go see it if you can. I wouldn't think you'd get the experience from just reading the script.
Recommended to Bt by: Saw it at my college
I just saw a production of this, and oh! it was so fascinating, and I have so many mixed feelings and so many things to say! 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 mean, I was in the moment every second. A lot of it, I think, was the design of the production I saw, which was so well done. It captured the mood perfectly. And I think that's what makes this play work: the mood, the tone ...more
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
A fascinating fusion of absurdism and magical realism, Marisol generates many questions about religion while its characters spend most of the play grappling with each other. Rivera is a keen study of other writers; his rhythm here resembles Ionesco, and his flights of fancy represent the best of modern theatrical technique.

When all the angels of heaven decide to rebel and kill God, who has become imbalanced in his old age, and so is destroying the planet Earth, Marisol and the rest of humanity a
Jessica Barkl
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I re-read this play yesterday as another option for the 2014-2015 Season for SUNY Sullivan. 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. I had remembered really liking it, but I couldn't remember all of the details as to why, so...of course...I re-read it. The characters are really complicated and, yet, silly, for such a heavy topic: the end of the world... It has the diversit ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
This one is about a girl named Marisól being protected by a guardian angels until the angels decide to go to war with God. They decided they needed to get rid of God and replace him with one of the angels because he has gotten too corrupt. In the midst of this battle, New York City becomes completely unfamiliar to Marisól and people are changing during this kind of apocalyptic event. It’s every man, woman and child for themselves. It’s Marisól’s job to survive amongst people she cannot trust. I ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre
A dystopian (but also potential) depiction of reality, a distorted nature of things and dialogues that remind us the theatre of the absurd. A quite prophetic and diachronic play that I would be really interested in watching on stage as well. City scapes and human portraits are twisted in a horrifiing way, which however do not strike us as extraordinary. Although appalled, we constantly feel the bond with caos that smolders through various violent scenes. "Magic Realism" is a drama genre I really ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
There is WAY too much going on in this play: Magical realism, science fiction, apocalypse, Nazism, feminism, race relations, heteronormative criticism, religion, capitalism, materialism, etc., etc.

WTF did I just read?
Dec 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
This play reminded me quite a bit of Angels in America, if Angels solely focused on the angels and the destruction and tragedy occurring on Earth. This play is witty and thoughtful, though perhaps a bit too hopeful for me. It is a show I would definitely like to see live.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
I was in this play so obvi I've got a soft spot for it, but it's a really spectacular work!
Susanne Reed
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Still my favorite play.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Not my cup of tea, but not bad.José Rivera
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and oh so relevant absurdist play about crippling fear in an America gone wrong.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marisol by Jose Rivera is an interesting play regarding a twilight of the current idols and the birth of a new deity.
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This play is very powerful and unsettling. I'd like to see it performed to get the full effect.
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There's something disturbing about this play. Somehow, I believe it is a metaphor of destruction of the Earth caused by human creations and interactions.
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José Eustasio Rivera Salas was a Colombian lawyer and poet primarily known for his national epic The Vortex.

After a failed attempt to be elected for the senate, he was appointed Legal Secretary of the Colombo-Venezuelan Border Commission to determine the limits with Venezuela, there he had the opportunity to travel through the Colombian jungles, rivers, and mountains, giving him a first hand exper
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