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Theatre 200: Portfolio Project (Smith): Marisol

This guide is intended to help students with their final portfolio project.

The Play

About the Author

Jose Rivera
 
 
 
Saenger, Diana. "Jose Rivera Important Voice in Contemporary Drama; Work that "Seeps Down to Your Mind and Stays there"." The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 13, no. 14 (Apr 21, 2003): 22.
 
Rivera, José. "On Artistry." American Theatre 28, no. 6 (Jul, 2011): 10-11.
 
Simons, Tad. "Jose Rivera: we all think magically in our sleep." American Theatre July-Aug. 1993: 46+.
 
 

Context Resources

Use these online collections of encyclopedias and handbooks to find background information about the issues surrounding the play.

Topics:

  • Puerto Ricans in the United States, Puerto Rican Americans
  • Responsibility
  • Apocalypse
  • Fisher King (mythology)
  • Capitalism
  • Culture Wars
  • 1980s
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Environment
  • Fear, Paranoia
  • Mental illness

Production History: Selected Reviews

Marisol premiered in 1992 at the Actors Theater of Louisville.

Reviews and More

Use these research  databases to find scholarly reviews and articles that explore various facets of the play.

Selected Articles

Thomas, Elizabeth Arden. "Poisoning the Mother/Land: An Ecofeminist Dramaturgy in José Rivera's Marisol and Cherríe Moraga's Heroes and Saints." Theatre History Studies, vol. 35, 2016, pp. 143-160.

Kandiyoti, Dalia. "Writing Ruination and Control in New York City: Ernesto Quiñonez's Chango's Fire and José Rivera's Marisol." Latino Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, Apr. 2017, pp. 29-49.

Westgate, J. Chris. "Toward a Rhetoric of Sociospatial Theatre: José Rivera's Marisol." Theatre Journal, vol. 59, no. 1, Mar. 2007, pp. 21-37.

Books and More

Primo is the library gateway to books, films, music, selected articles and more.

Design

Search Google for production reviews and set design.

  • Marisol AND Rivera AND set design
  • Marisol  AND Rivera AND production photos

Examples:

Scenic design for Marisol by Jose Rivera at the University of Maryland

Lighting design for Marisol by Jose Rivera at the University of Maryland

See also Artstor, a digital image collection.