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Quixote Nuevo

The play's title beside a pair of bicycle handlebars adorned with a horse's skull and a bed pan.
A co-production with South Coast Repertory and Seattle Rep.
March 2 – 31, 2024
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

The story of Don Quixote comes alive with a modern twist! In the fictional town of La Plancha, Texas, a brilliant professor battling dementia imagines himself as Cervantes’ titular hero. Enlisting his own Sancho, he embarks on a journey for his long-lost love — tilting at border patrol drones rather than windmills. Featuring vibrant, Spanish-infused music and language, this magical retelling spotlights Tejano culture and celebrates life, love, and the human spirit.

“Brilliant … it's rare that you come across a new adaptation of a classic text that feels groundbreaking and new while still retaining the heart of the original.” –BroadwayWorld

Quixote Nuevo

  • By Octavio Solis
  • A Reimagining of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Directed by Lisa Portes

Critic Reviews

“Parallels the comedic romps of the original knight of La Mancha in the somber shadows of the U.S. immigration crisis and the indignities of aging to mixed success.” –MD Theatre Guide

“A brilliant reinterpretation of a classic. It's rare that you come across a new adaptation of a classic text that feels groundbreaking and new while still retaining the heart of the original.” –BroadwayWorld

“This vivid response to the persistent call of one of the great tales in literature is as densely textured as it is often entertaining and touching.” –The Denver Post

“There may be few places on Earth where hope and despair run so closely parallel to each other, and who better to illustrate it with a bit of humor than the original windmill tilter?” –OnStage Colorado

“The wistful, whimsical Quixote Nuevo casts a winning spell with a reimagined tale of Cervantes' dreamer hero.” –Metro Weekly

“No one summons the epic grandeur of the Southwest like Solis, and that’s what elevates this quest into the heart of Quixote.” –The Mercury News

Quixote Nuevo, penned by esteemed Mexican American playwright Octavio Solis, tackles a lot of heady issues in its 150-minute run time: The stress of caring for someone with dementia, the inevitability of death, the dignity of being allowed to die on one’s own terms — even when those terms make sense to no one but you.” –DC Theater Arts

“Surrender to it all. Observe, listen from the heart, resist the urge to fight or flee what challenges. We all arrive with our biases, beliefs, and preferences; allowing space for Nuevo’s storytelling through performer’s body language, tone of voice, and authenticity opens a teachable moment.” –In Good Taste Denver

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