Heavenly battles and a world in turmoil set the stage for the Maverick Theatre Company’s latest production, Marisol. The Obie Award-winning play will run Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 15-18 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.
Directed by Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp, the play follows the journey of Marisol (played by Theatre Arts junior Rosalinda Olivares) as she navigates an apocalyptic landscape to find her friends and family. Gaupp said the fantasy play presented welcomed design challenges for resident and student artists.
“I found the fantasy-like approach to the storyline to be captivating,” Gaupp said. “It was as if Marisol were undergoing an Alice in Wonderland-like series of experiences where she meets herself in various other human forms.”
Written by José Rivera, Marisol also features senior Jennifer Nicole Weber, sophomore Adilita Garner, senior Robert Bell, and several actors in multiple roles: freshman Michael Carver-Simmons, sophomore Sam Fields, senior Raul Luna and freshman Marcos Villegas. Theatre Arts senior Laura Choate serves as stage manager and junior Devon Mowrey is assistant stage manager.
Gaupp said the play addresses topics such as God, credit card debt, the apocalypse, and the hope for a brighter future. At times comical and entertaining, Marisol also offers the audience a profound look at the best and worst of humanity.
“I hope that the audience leaves the play questioning their place in the world: are they proactive for change or waiting for others to create change?” Gaupp said.
Due to the subject matter and language, Marisol is recommended for adult audiences only.
Performances are Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, and $7 for senior citizens, students, and UT Arlington faculty and staff. For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669.
The Mavericks Theatre Company is a production division of the Department of Theatre Arts.