Marisol ni Jose Rivera
EVENT #: 37866
Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, presents Marisol, its first mainstage production for its 40th Season: Sturm und Drang/Bagyo at Bagabag. The play, which earned Jose Rivera a 1993 Obie Award for Playwriting after its premiere in 1992, is born anew with the translation of Palanca Hall of Famer Rody Vera and the direction of up and coming dramaturg and director Erika Estacio.
Marisol Perez is caught in the disorder of the world brought about by the senile God as she is left to fend for herself, without her guardian angel. She learns that the angels are waging a war against the Lord, to save humanity and reinstate order in the world. With her best friend June, June’s deranged brother Lenny, and some unusual faces she meets along the way, Marisol has to face the repercussions of the War of the Heavens, grappling with the fact that the faith that she has long relied on can no longer keep her safe.
The magic-realist dark comedy dramatizes the titular character’s story of survival in an ultraviolent, racist urban jungle in the middle of a cosmic breakdown -- The guardian angels of the world have decided to wage a coup d’etat against a God gone invalid and senile, unable to hold the universe together. The play will serve as a poetic critique of our contemporary reality equally in shambles, reeling under the pseudo-dictatorship of a senile “God.” The play seeks to reaffirm the triumph of humanity against adversity, profane or divine, and the need to reclaim our lost sense of beauty and order through revolution.