Y’all… It’s confession time… I’ve fallen in love… with magical realism!!
I don’t know if it’s the plays we read last week or my initial delve into playwright José Rivera’s history, interaction and inclusion of magical realism in his works, but currently I’m enthralled by this particular -ism.
As I understand, the definition of magical realism is that the fantastical and supernatural exist in a realistic setting and are accepted by other characters as normal. They coexist in a realistic world that would ordinarily make them irreconcilable.
I find the idea of that very potent in what can be created in a theatrical piece to bend the rules of reality enough to reveal something deeper about human experiences and circumstances. There also a bit of a “slap in the face” feeling when I examine the underlying nature of the fanatical parts of a magical realism piece and realize that is where the heart and senerity comes from.
That is one of the biggest reasons I’m so in love with this style of writing and particularly with how timely I’m encountering Marisol, its magical realism and our current absurd politic environment.