College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Apocalyptic, Coming of Age Story MARISOL directed by PURE Theatre’s Sharon Graci

Despite her achievements and rise to white-collar status, a young Puerto-Rican woman, Marisol, lives in a world that is both apocalyptic and eerily possible.

An apocalyptic world comes alive in the 1993 Obie Award-winning “Marisol” by José Rivera. “‘Marisol’ tells a different kind of coming of age story. Our eponymous heroine finds herself living in an angelic war zone in an end-days New York City, as she embarks on a quest to determine what, if anything, is worth fighting for,” says director Sharon Graci. “We have a front row seat as she embraces her hero’s journey, choosing not just to endure her life, but to live it gloriously and fully.”

The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Marisol” as a part of the department’s 2018-19 “year of social justice,” with support from the College’s Sustainability Literacy Institute. The urban fantasy encompasses themes of homelessness and environmental destruction as it begs society to wake up and restore compassion in order to save the world.

The College welcomes PURE Theatre Artistic Director and Founder, Sharon Graci, as the director of “Marisol. Graci says, “I am thrilled to be directing ‘Marisol’ and to be working again with the students and faculty in the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance. ‘Marisol’ is José Rivera’s much lauded tale of an epic, fantastic journey to the self.”

Go behind-the-scenes of “Marisol.”

Thursday, February 21 through Monday, February 25.

7:30 p.m., except Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. only

Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts

$20 general public; $15 senior citizens, College of Charleston employees, and non-College of Charleston students; and $12 for College of Charleston students.

Tickets online at or by calling (843) 953-6306.

This show contains mature thematic material.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, José Rivera grew up in New York City. He is a recipient of two Obie Awards for playwriting for “Marisol” and “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot,” which were both produced by The Public Theater in New York. His screenplay for “The Motorcycle Diaries” was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2005. His screenplay based on Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was distributed nationally in the winter of 2013. His film “Trade” was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Television projects in the works include an untitled HBO pilot, co-written and produced by Tom Hanks, as well as a 10-hour series for HBO tentatively known as “Latino Roots.” “Celestina,” based on his play “Cloud Tectonics,” will mark his debut as a feature film director.