By Alex MacDougall
On February 12th, the curtain at Fuller Theater will rise for the first time this semester as the Worcester State Visual and Performing Arts Department presents its production of the play Marisol. This work was directed by Kim Collazo and stars Angela Georger as the eponymous lead.
Originally written in 1993 by the Puerto Rican playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera, the play tells the story of Marisol, a young Puerto Rican woman living in New York, who finds herself caught in the middle of the apocalypse when her guardian angel abandons her to fight in a revolution against God.
“Marisol has definitely been my most difficult role as an actress.” Says Georger. “She is a brave, loyal woman who is both deeply religious and superstitious. Her journey throughout the play only proves the sheer will of this incredibly powerful woman. This character has inspired me, and I hope she will inspire our audience as well.”
Fellow actress Sara Penniman, who has two roles in the play, also spoke of the unique challenges she has had in preparing for the play.
“The biggest obstacle for me is obvious–I am a female playing two male roles,” she said. “Fortunately, this is not my first time playing men. In fact, I’ve played just as many guys as I have girls in my acting career thus far. My favorite thing about playing these characters is how different they are from one another.”
For Penniman, her performance in this play is a bittersweet one: it will be her last performance for WSU Theatre.
“Since I am a recent graduate, this will most likely be my final performance at WSU, so I’m excited to be sharing it with a great cast and crew,” said Penniman.
Due to the fact that most of the play is set in a post-apocalyptic New York, the production team was tasked with creating the proper scenery. Street artists were brought on to help design the sets.
“I think Marisol has been an incredible experience,” says Nathen Wheeler, who served as stage manager for the production.“The show is so big that there is so much that we can do with it. We have had our faculty advisers express caution about how bold our designers and cast have been, but they have still been bold. This show is a tremendous example of student creativity.”
Tickets can be bought at the Worcester State Theatre Box Office, the Student Center Information Desk, or by emailing VPABoxOffice@worcester.edu. Admission is $7 for students, $10 for senior citizens, and $14 for adults. A discount will be applied for WOO Card holders.