Rivera is an Obie award-winning Puerto Rican playwright. He also wrote the screenplay for the Walter Salles film "The Motorcycle Diaries" (starring Gael Garcia Marquez), based on Che Guevara's diary. It was nominated for "Best Adapted Screenplay" in the 2005 Academy Awards.
"Marisol" is a surreal tale of an apocalyptic Philippines, a Manila on the verge of collapsing from the pressures of poverty and violence. The play revolves around the character of Marisol, whose guardian angel leaves her to survive in a world that is dangerous and falling apart, without the protection of her faith.
To commemorate six decades of international exchange and mutual understanding between the United States and the Philippines, Krystal Banzon, 2007-08 American Fulbright Student Scholar, directs this original adaptation of Rivera's Puerto Rican/American play, in collaboration with an entirely Filipino cast, design and production team.
The cast is made up of eight talented artists: Marjorie Lorico, Mailes Kanapi, Nicco Manalo, Sigrid Bernardo, Virgie Sorita-Flores, Tao Aves, Miela Sayo, and Chic San Agustin. Set design and poster design by Lex Marcos, technical direction and lighting design by El Abquina, sound design by Roxanne Pagdanganan, costume design by Sigrid Bernardo, and the stage manager is Hazel Gutierrez.
"Marisol" runs May 14-17, 2008, 7pm at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City.