Compare José Rivera’s Marisol with Tony Kushner’s Angels in America
Marisol lead broad way in New York at the same time that Tony Kushner’s ballyhood “Angels in America” arrived in Broadway. The plays have two hovering spirits. Marisol has battered guerrilla spirit, which resembles the white-robed broad-winged angel appearing in Kushner’s drama. Marisol concentrates on unreal, tormenting life of Miss Puerto, a young African woman who was dubbed by a friend. Marisol is vulnerable after her guardian angel departs to join a revolt against God. It was during an apocalyptic dark souls’s night when the future of New York could brighten. However, Marison has to learn how to survive independently without heavenly protection to maintain the decaying life of the city. Thus, Marisol focuses on the decaying life of New York City.
Rivera in Marisol notes that the rebellious nature of angels has been passed by time and should be done away with. He likens it to the old religion and thus attempts to join reality and dream, making the audience question paradigms and social norms. He argues that the health of the earth is connected to a god whose health has over degenerated and that the civil authority should kill him to protect the planet from decaying. Rivera wrote his play when Berlin was experiencing a down turn and the corrupt and old governments toppled by citizens. Kushner directed his efforts to discuss the AIDS epidemic and sexual orientation as well as injustices. Rivera concentrates on violence and gender complexities in Manhattan. The difference in the plays is the main characters. Major protagonists in Kushner are homosexual men dressed in white and using their masculinity to describe their idea of apocalypse. Rivera uses colorful women as main protagonists to describe the harm done by females in the society.