Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "Marisol" by José Rivera Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wesleyan University's Theater Department presents "Marisol" by José Rivera Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents
"Marisol" by José Rivera
Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, 2015
Middletown, Conn. - Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents "Marisol," by playwright José Rivera, from Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm in the Center for the Arts Theater, located at 271 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. The production will be directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Edward Torres.

Tickets for "Marisol" are $8 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, and non-Wesleyan students; and $4 for Wesleyan students. Groups of ten or more may receive a discount on tickets;  please call the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355 for more details.

Tickets are available online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/boxoffice, by phone at (860) 685-3355, or in person at the Wesleyan University Box Office, located in the Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance, subject to availability. The Center for the Arts accepts cash, checks written to “Wesleyan University”, and all major credit cards. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges.
About "Marisol"
"Marisol" takes place in a post-apocalyptic world filled with intrigue and dark humor as Marisol winds her way through the darkened and abandon streets of New York. She is caught in the middle of a conflict between God and his angels as they battle over the fate of the world and humanity. Playwright José Rivera is known for his magical realism, and was the first Puerto Rican to be nominated for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for "Best Adapted Screenplay," for the 2004 film "The Motorcycle Diaries." "Marisol" deals with issues of faith and poverty, and earned Mr. Rivera a 1993 Obie Award for Playwriting. The world premiere of "Marisol" took place in March 1992 at the Actors Theater of Louisville, directed by Marcus Stern. A production at Hartford Stage was directed by Michael Greif in March 1993. The work was previously presented by the Wesleyan Theater Department in February 1998 in the Patricelli '92 Theater, directed by Tim Raphael.

About the Theater Department
The Theater Department embraces a broad definition of theater, and considers the critical and creative study of the stage to be essential components of a liberal arts education. Courses and productions reflect the interdisciplinary interests of the faculty and majors. The department's diverse faculty conducts research and creative endeavors in every continent. Recent Visiting Artists include Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner Rinde Eckert.

English Professor and pioneer American designer Ralph Pendleton created Wesleyan's Theater program in the mid-1930s. Mr. Pendleton served as the department's first chair until his retirement in 1974, and was an important contributor to the opening of the Center for the Arts complex in 1973. The Center for the Arts Theater and the Patricelli '92 Theater host department productions directed by faculty, visiting artists, and students. Site-specific performances take place across campus.

Wesleyan's Theater Department aims at preparing the next generation of artists and scholars. Their alumni are notably active in the professional metier; they appear on international and national stages, on and off-Broadway, and many are the recipients of prestigious awards, including "Bessie" Award winning designers Chloe Brown '92 and Roderick Murray '88, Emmy Award recipients Dana Delany '78 and Bradley Whitford '81, and Tony Award winners Frank Wood '83 and Lin-Manuel Miranda '02. Several joined renowned American companies, while others are the founding members of cutting-edge collarobative ensembles, acclaimed solo performers, and community activists. Theater alumni hold graduate degrees in acting, arts management, design, directing, performance studies, and theater research from the nation's most reputable programs.
For more information about the Theater Department, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/theater.