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Review: Marisol

Review: Marisol

Review: Marisol
November 12
13:45 2013

Kaylen Howard / Intern Writer

On Halloween night, the UNT dance and theater department featured “Marisol,” in the RTVF building. About half the seats were filled with people ready to be blown away by the heart-pounding drama.

The half-lit stage, loud outbursts and dramatic dialogue complimented audience member Shayleigh Ward’s expectation for the play.

“I was expecting it to be abstract,” Ward said. “The concepts were very clear.”

Brooklyn, which featured as a broken down town, was not an easy assignment for light designer Adam Chamberlin, sound designer Brandy Pitts, scenic designer Scott Osborne and properties designer Amber Harrington, who teamed up to produce the set.

With dramatic attire and theatrical make-up, costume designer Cooper Foutz and make-up designer Alison Martinez joined together to mold the cast into a work of art.

“The hardest part was getting it all together: the lighting, costumes, and everything else,” stage manager Emily Junek said.

Jose Rivera’s drama “Marisol” is a twisted and bone-chilling play that kept its audience on the edge of their seats.

The drama is about a young woman named Marisol, who fears the dark world that surrounds her.  For protection, she depends on her guardian angel and cultural superstitions, but little did she know that her guardian angel would soon leave her to start a revolution against the evils in society and an inactive God. Throughout this drama, Marisol was filled with fear, confusion and was at war with herself and her surroundings.

Marisol found her way out of her fear, confusion and vulnerability by making a decision to no longer run and hide from the world, but to instead face her fears. In result, her unorthodox life ended when Marisol found out what she wanted and died with a settled mind.

Rivera used fear to expose inner courage and rebirth to symbolize new life. Several of the characters who died in the play were revived and transformed into a completely different person. Marisol’s life symbolized human experience and how a life without order can lead to dissatisfaction.

Director Christie Vela said “Marisol” was “beautiful chaos.” She said that the purpose of the play was to hold up a mirror to the audience and ask big questions, not give simple answers.

“It’s a tricky thing, when you start telling people what to think through plays,” Vela said. “It stops being art and starts being propaganda and I am not interested in that.”

The “Man with Golf Club,” Desmond Thomas, said he wanted to be a part of the absurdist play as soon as he read the script.

“This play is entertaining and extremely funny,” Thomas said. “It brings each member of the audience the possibility to see the reality that we constantly turn our heads back on.”

Shelby Hunter, who played the “Woman in Fur,” said playing the role was a step out of reality.

“My character is drastically different from me,” Hunter said. “It was hard trying to make her into her own person, and not just me in a fur coat on stage.”

Flor Campillo, who plays the main character Marisol, said the poetic and apocalyptic play portrayed the message of hope, change and reality.

“Marisol portrays the possibility to come out of misery and uncertainty with strength and maturity,” she said.

Feature photo: Director Christie Vela talks about the making of “Marisol” a drama put on by the dance and theater department. Photo courtesy of UNT 

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