Nov. 18-21: Arcadia University Theater Presents: Marisol

November 8, 2021 Daniel DiPrinzio

Arcadia University Theater Arts announces full casting and production details for Marisol by José Rivera. Directed by guest artist Taysha Canales, Marisol will play the Little Theatre stage Nov. 18-21. 

In a world where apples are extinct, and people turn into mounds of salt, the angels plot an epic battle to save the human race as Marisol, a Puerto-Rican woman from the Bronx, embarks on a magical journey to survive the apocalypse.

Marisol is very much a product of its time, taking place in 1990s NYC when the Bronx had been smoldering for over a decade and the impending millennium ominously awaited a rapidly changing world,” says director Taysha Canales '11. “However, the play eerily connects to the world at present, with us being at the brink of irreversible global warming and a global pandemic that seems to have no end. José Rivera bends the rules of place and time as we know them, and to honor this our production has added its own twists, melding the worlds of 1992 and 2021. As we watch Marisol on her journey to becoming her own hero, she’s teaching us that all revolutions live within us.  She shows us that despite the turmoil we endure every day, humanity and compassion can and will prevail. Marisol inspires us to recognize the power we all possess and, if and when we choose to recognize this power, we can become the heroes our world desperately needs.”

Staged in Spruance Fine Arts Center’s Little Theatre, Canales is joined by a creative team that includes intimacy director/fight choreographer Eli K. Lynn, scenic designer Marie Laster, costume designer Asaki Kuruma, lighting designer Joshua Schulman, sound designer Damien Figueras, and dramaturg Dr. Jonathan Shandell. 

by José Rivera

Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.

Rivera’s fantastical drama Marisol pushes the boundaries of religion, biology, and everyday existence.


Bryanna Martinez-Jimenez '22 - Marisol
Siobhan Ehresmann ’23 - Lenny
Harper Jones ’23 - The Angel
Lara Daigle ’21 - June
Peytann Tamasi ’24 - Woman in Furs
Nina Vitek ’23 - Man with Scar Tissue
Jack Taylor ’21 - Man with Ice Cream
Blessing Dousuah ’22 - Radio Announcer
Tobi Tella ’22 - Man with Golf Club
Lizzy Woodall ’23, Assistant Director
Chloe Braden ’24, Production Stage Manager
Mersha Wambua ’23, Assistant Stage Manager

Tickets ($5-$15) can be purchased in advance at All performances include a “Pay What You Can” ticket option. 

***Food Donations for AU's Knights for Nutrition Food Pantry are greatly appreciated and will be collected at each performance. For more information and for a list of acceptable items please visit:

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