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Huntington Theatre Company Announces Cast and Creative Team for QUIXOTE NUEVO  by Octavio Solis

A REIMAGINING OF CERVANTES’ TIMELESS TALE,  DON QUIXOTE WRITTEN BY OCTAVIO SOLIS, ONE OF THE STORYTELLERS OF DISNEY/PIXAR’S COCO
DIRECTED BY KJ SANCHEZ
FEATURING BELOVED STAR OF “SESAME STREET”
EMILIO DELGADO

PERFORMANCES BEGIN NOVEMBER 15
AT THE AVENUE OF THE ARTS/HUNTINGTON AVENUE THEATRE
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company announced today the cast and creative team for Quixote Nuevo, a comedic and poetic reimagining of Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote by award-winning playwright Octavio Solis. Directed by KJ Sanchez and produced in association with Hartford Stage and the Alley Theatre, Quixote Nuevo will begin performances at the Avenue of the Arts/Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Ave, Boston) on Friday, November 15, 2019 and will run through Sunday, December 8, 2019.

One of literature’s most vibrant and memorable characters, Cervantes’ Don Quixote is boldly brought to life by award-winning playwright Octavio Solis and director KJ Sanchez in this hilarious and imaginative adaption of the classic novel. Transported to a border town in Texas, the eccentric, brilliant knight embarks on a cross-desert quest to reunite with a long-lost love. Chased by Death himself – in the form of roving bands of guitar-playing Calacas – Quixote always leads with his heart in a world of people led astray by their brains. Quixote Nuevo, which received its world premiere at California Shakespeare Company in 2018, is a rich, contemporary, theatrical fable that has been created anew by Solis, one of the storytellers behind the Disney/Pixar film Coco.

Emilio Delgado, who is returning to Quixote Nuevo after originating the titular role, is best known for his 44-year run as beloved repairman Luis on the iconic PBS children’s show “Sesame Street.” Most recently, he was seen at the Asolo Repertory Theatre as Claudius in Hamlet, Prince of Cuba. Additional stage credits include productions with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Round House Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Source. Mr. Delgado was a recurring cast member on “The Lou Grant Show” and has guest starred on numerous popular television series, including “Hawaii 5-0,” “Quincy,” “Police Story,” “House of Cards,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

The Huntington welcomes Quixote Nuevo original cast members Juan Manuel Amador (San Jose Stage Company, Magic Theatre, Ubuntu Theatre Project) as Sancho Panza and Manny Dias; Hugo E. Carbajal (Marin Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Shotgun Players) as Papa Calaca; and Gianna DiGregorio Rivera (Aurora Theatre Company, Shotgun Players) as Antonia, Ines, and Calaca.

New to the Quixote Nuevo cast are Orlando Arriaga (Alley Theatre, Treehouse Theatre, Symphony Space) as Cardenio and Padre Perez; Gisela Chípe (Guthrie Theater, The Studio Theatre, feature film Bel Canto with Jullianne Moore) as Dulcinea and Dr. Campos; Ivan Jasso (Circle Theatre, Public Works Dallas, Ochre House Theatre) as Bruno, Young Quijano, Yard Sale Guy and Calaca; and Boston natives Krystal Hernandez (American Repertory Theater, Company One Theater, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) as Juana and Rosario; and Mariela Lopez-Ponce (Apollinaire Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company) as Magdalena.

Quixote Nuevo will also include scenic designs by Takeshi Kata (The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theatre Company), costume design by Rachel Healy (Writers Theatre, American Players Theatre), music direction by Jesse Sanchez (Yerma at the Huntington, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and lighting design by Brian J. Lilienthal (Yerma, Awake and Sing! at the Huntington). Music and sound designer David R. Molina (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Magic Theater) and co-composer Eduardo Robledo return to Quixote Nuevo after working on the world premiere production. Rob Chikar is the stage manager and Emily McMullen is the assistant stage manager.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Octavio Solis (Playwright) is the author of many works such as Mother Road, Hole in the Sky, Lydia, and The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy.  His work has been produced by theatres across the country. He is the recipient of an NEA Playwriting Fellowship, the Kennedy Center’s Roger L. Stevens Award, the National Latino Playwriting Award, the 2018 Imagen Award for his consulting work on the animated Pixar film Coco, and the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award from the William Inge Theatre Festival. He is also the author of Retablos: Stories of a Life Lived Along the Border, a memoir of his life growing up in El Paso, Texas.

KJ Sanchez (Director) is the founder and CEO of American Records, dedicated to making theatre that chronicles our time. She has directed reimagined classics, new plays, and her own documentary plays. Ms. Sanchez has worked with Goodman Theatre, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She is the director, co-author, and producer of ReEntry, which has toured extensively across the country and abroad. As a playwright, Ms. Sanchez has been produced at theatres such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Frontera Repertory Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Urban Stages Theater, and HERE Arts Center. Acting credits include productions at BAM, New York Theatre Workshop, and Soho Repertory Theatre. Voiceover credits include “Dora the Explorer” and “Go Diego Go!” Ms. Sanchez is a Fox Fellow, Douglas Wallop Fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Rella Lossy Playwright Award. She is an associate artist with The Civilians, a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, and a former member of Anne Bogart's SITI Company.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN

November 15-December 8, 2019
Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.
Press Opening: Wednesday, November 20 @ 7pm; RSVP online.

WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:

  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH QUIXOTE NUEVO:

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.

35 BELOW AFTER PARTY
Friday, November 15, preceding the 8pm performance
35 BELOW is the Huntington's special program for anyone 35 and under where tickets to every performance are always $30. Mingle with members of the cast and creative team, enjoy live entertainment and free refreshments, plus meet other young theatre lovers in Boston.

COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF LOST IN LA MANCHA 
Monday, November 18 at 7pm
Tickets: $13
Featuring a post-screening conversation with guests from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Quixote Nuevo. Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

STUDENT MATINEE
Friday, November 22 at 10am
Recommended for students in grades 7–12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for reservations and more information.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Friday, November 22 at 10am (student matinee)
Saturday, November 23 at 2pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

ACTORS FORUMS
Friday, November 22 after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Wednesday, December 4 after the 2pm performance
Thursday, December 5 after the 7:30pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Quixote Nuevo and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, December 1 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of Quixote Nuevo with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on December 1.

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