WWSF hosted its 15th Meetup and the first of 2014 at Alter Theater, (incidentally, also our first Meetup in the North Bay), to see Marisela Treviño Orta’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed play, The River Bride. Developed within AlterTheater’s inaugural playwright residency program, The River Bride is co-winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award.
Inspired by Brazilian folklore about river dolphins that come ashore for three days to seduce women, the play features two sisters in a traditional fishing village along the Amazon River as they find their own meaning of “happily ever after.” THE RIVER BRIDE is the first in a three-play cycle based on Latino mythology and folklore.
Robert Hurwitt at SFGate called the production a “flowing, sly delight”:
“Partly based on Brazilian folklore about river dolphins that come ashore to seduce the local women, “Bride” is an engrossing blend of magical realism, once-upon-a-time fantasy and cautionary tale. Whether the moral is to be careful how you interpret local lore, to be bold in pursuit of love or to beware of younger sisters is for you to decide. However you take it, “Bride” is a sly delight with a deceptively easy-going flow – rather like that river.”
Women theater artists involved in this production: Marisela Treviño Orta (playwright); Anne Brebner and Jeanette Harrison (Directors); Livia Demarchi, Carla Pauli, Cathleen Riddley* (Cast); Courtney Flores (Costume Designer), Madeleine Oldham (Sound Designer), Wiljago Jean Cook (Space Designer), Selina G Young (lightning designer), Mina Sohaa Smith (Dramaturg/Stage Manager), Anna McShea (production)
If you were part of the Meetup or have seen the play, leave us a note with your thoughts!