Performance Practice


by José Rivera

Reed College, 2014

Director: Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly
Set and Sound Design: Peter Ksander
Lighting Design: Miranda Hardy
Costume Design: Jenny Ampersand

Photos by Stacia Torborg

"When I drop my wings, all hell's going to break loose and soon you're not going to recognize the world – so get yourself some power Marisol, whatever you do."

Written in the wake of the Reagan era and on the cusp of the new millennium, José Rivera’s Marisol (1992) expresses both anxiety and hope. The play depicts the ambivalence of the moment in its representation of environmental degradation and economic insecurity as its characters look for stability in a deeply unstable and insecure moment.