[theater] The River Bride by Marisela Treviño Orta // San Jose

Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily ever after. Then a mysterious stranger emerged from the river.

Join us for “The River Bride,” Marisela Treviño Orta’s tale of true love, regret and transformation.

The River Bride
Runs May 18 – Jun 11, 2023
Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

City Lights Theater
529 S. Second Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Buy tickets here.

Written by:Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by:John R. Lewis
Supported by:Producers who wish to remain anonymous
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch.

Why you should see The River Bride

Because this Brazilian fable will transport you to a world so close, but so far. Because the Houston Press called it “an incredibly original and affecting night at the theater.” Because the relationship between Helena and Belmira is perfectly relatable to anyone with a sister. Because every few years we have to put water on stage somehow.


Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their “happily ever after.” Helena is dreading her sister Belmira’s wedding. The groom should have been hers, and she knows her sister wants only to escape to an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river – a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of true love, regret and transformation.


Helena: Marisa Lopes Belmira: Salma Zepeda Moises: Ricardo C. Duarte: Arturo Montes Sr. Costa: Sergio Davila Sra. Costa: Carolina Pérez.

The River Bride previews May 18 and 19, and runs through June 11. (No show on May 21, 25 or June 4.) We would rate this show PG for some adult themes. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. We have one Saturday 2 p.m. performance on June 3. Tickets are $26-$54, with discounts available for students, seniors (65+), educators, and groups, and for military personnel. (There is a $2 surcharge for phone and in-person buys.) Covid protocols: If you are feeling unwell, please stay home, and don’t worry about your tickets. We’ll be happy to exchange them for another performance, free of charge. Masks are recommended indoors, except for the “mask-required” performances on May 19, and June 3 (8 p.m. performance) and 8. We recommend but do not require the Covid vaccine. City Lights is a fully vaccinated company.  Learn more about our Covid-19 protocols.Special events: Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m.: Pay What You Can Preview Night. (Call the box office at 408-295-4200 to name your own price.) Friday, May 19, 8 p.m.: Preview Night. This is also a mask-required performance. Saturday, May  20, 8 p.m.: Opening Night. Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m.: See the show on this night, and 10% of your ticket will support Theatre Bay Area’s Lemonade Fund! Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m.: Before the show, folks from our nonprofit partner, The Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards, will give a brief curtain speech about their fine work. And stay after the performance for a talkback with the director and cast. Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m.: Mask-required performance. Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m.: Join us online for a free Zoom talkback with the director and cast on The Next Stage. Thursday, June 8: Mask-required performance. Parking and other info: We are unfortunately unable to offer any designated patron parking for the theater. View a parking map of downtown San Jose to see your options for street or lot spaces. The closest city lot is the First Street and I-280 Lot, under the freeway.The theater is wheelchair-accessible; book the ADA & Companion seats when buying tickets. If you need ADA parking in front of our glass doors, note that on your order during check-out, or email or call the box office (408-295-4200).   Due to the intimate size of our theater, we unfortunately are not able to seat late patrons. Thank you for your understanding.

[image: Four actors lined up closely behind each other]
The “River Bride” cast.
[image: A young woman looking wistful as a couple canoodles behind her]
Salma Zepeda, front, and Marisa Lopes and Ricardo C. behind.
[image: Young man fastens necklace around a smiling young woman's neck]
Ricardo C. and Marisa Lopes.

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