Last chance for “Marisol”
I urge you to see Narrow Way Stage Company’s production of Jose Rivera’s “Marisol.” This weekend is your last chance. It plays in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center this Thursday through Sunday. Beulah Francisca Vega directs a cast that feels each step of this play, magically transforming the stage into the mean streets of the Bronx and Brooklyn. This play is not light entertainment that sends you home whistling. But it will get you thinking, looking at the world we live in, one that includes poverty, homelessness, want, fear and anger.
The set, designed by Narrow Way principals and founders, Tony and Chris Ginesi, is fabulous; a work of art worthy of its own show. Plus, the added edginess created by excellent lighting and sound brings a haunting reality to the play.
The play highlights an apocalyptic time when hungry children, raging war, lack of water and the disappearance of the moon create panic among the citizens. Written in 1993, the play feels prescient, foretelling a future that for many in this world is already present. God is old and senile and the angels are in rebellion. Marisol, the main character, wishes for a time, not long past, when she could “read all about the misery in the world and yet not lose a moment of my day.” She claims, “I thought I’d be immune; I thought I’d be safe.” Yet, no one is safe when the world is turned upside down and plunging toward chaos. The opening words of the play are shouted in alarm: “Wake up!”
Director Vega says this is a play that asks, “What does it mean to love and to be loved?” Members of the audience must answer that question themselves, while the characters in the play point the way.
I prefer the Narrow Way to Broadway
This latest offering from the Sonoma Theatre Alliance is the best show of the season, and not to be missed. It isn’t comfortable, easy entertainment, but it will get you thinking about the state of the world and our tenuous hold on peace and safety. Again, we applaud the Narrow Way Stage Company for stepping out on the edge and bringing real theater to Sonoma Valley. Huzzah!
Steampunks on stage at Maria Carrillo
This weekend you can also see Kyrie Dawson of Glen Ellen in a new play at Maria Carrillo High School. This past summer, she starred in several performances of Kate Kennedy’s Avalon Players excellent and memorable production of “Romeo and Juliet” at Buena Vista Winery. Kyrie was the most passionate and believable Juliet I’ve ever seen, giving the role a strong voice and a regal presence.
Her current role is in the comedy “Master of Two Servants” staged in a “plaza in Italy,” where the cast is presented steam punk style. Check out the high school’s website for more information. I’ll see you there celebrating our excellent and lovely young neighbor, Kyrie.
Honoring Dave Aguilar
It’s also time to buy your ticket for the City of Sonoma’s Culture and Fine Arts Commission reception honoring our own master musician and community volunteer, 2013 Sonoma Art Treasure, David Aguilar. The wine and hors d’oeuvres celebration for Dave will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Sonoma Community Center, but tickets must be purchased no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. That’s tomorrow, folks, so don’t hesitate to call the Sonoma City Clerk today at 933-2216.