Merced Shakespearefest presents

DON QUIXOTE

A Communal and Bilingual Webseries

Merced Shakespearefest presenta

DON QUIXOTE

Una Serie Web Bilingüe y Comunitaria

Después del éxito de Ricardo II del año pasado, Merced Shakespearefest presentará una adaptación cinematográfica bilingüe en ocho partes de la novela Don Quixote de Cervantes, adaptada por Ángel Núñez y William Wolfgang. Esta producción reinventa la historia del famoso caballero andante en tiempos contemporáneos en Merced, California. Usando el idioma original del texto de Cervantes, esta serie seguirá las aventuras cómicas, pero profundas, de Don Quixote y su escudero, Sancho Panza.

 

Don Quixote es un texto renombrado y se considera como la primera novela moderna. Llegó a ser famosa y reconocida al publicarse en 1605; incluso, el texto atrajo la atención de William Shakespeare a principios de los años 1610, sirviendo como la inspiración de su obra perdida, Cardenio.

 

Episodios de diez minutos se estrenarán en el mes de agosto en las plataformas de redes sociales de Merced Shakespearefest. En su totalidad, la producción será aproximadamente una hora y media. Las filmaciones se llevarán a cabo en el mes de mayo. Esta producción cinematográfica de teatro comunitario está diseñada para incluir participantes de diversas poblaciones de Merced y sus alrededores. Invitamos a participantes bilingües o monolingües—en español y/o inglés—a asistir a una audición abierta a través de Zoom el sábado 13 de marzo a las 11am y el lunes 15 de marzo a las 7pm. Los ensayos comenzarán el 6 de abril. Pueden registrarse para las audiciones en la página de Facebook de Merced Shakespearefest, o pueden llamar al 209-723-3265.

 

La producción es dirigida por William Wolfgang en conjunto con Ángel Nuñez en función de subdirector, la dirección y composición musical por Cathryn Flores, y la asesora literaria por Dr. Bristin Jones. La directora artística de Merced Shakespearefest, Heike Hambley, es la productora ejecutiva de este proyecto.

Following up on the success of last year’s bilingual Ricardo II, Merced Shakespearefest will present an eight-part bilingual screen adaptation of Cervantes' Don Quixote written by Ángel Núñez and William Wolfgang. This unique production reimagines the story of the famous knight-errant in modern-day Merced, California. Using the original language (and new translations) from Cervantes’ text, this series will follow the comic, yet profound, adventures of Don Quixote and his trusty squire, Sancho Panza.

 

Don Quixote is a renowned text and is considered to be the world’s first novel. It became immediately famous upon its publication in 1605; the text even attracted the attention of William Shakespeare in the early 1610s, serving as the inspiration for his lost play, Cardenio.

 

Ten-minute episodes will premier in August through Merced Shakespearefest’s social media platforms. In total the production will be approximately an hour and a half. Primary filming will take place during May. This is a community-based theatrical, film production and is designed to include diverse participants from Merced and the surrounding region. Bilingual or monolingual participants (in either Spanish or English) are encouraged to attend an open audition via Zoom Saturday, March 13 at 11am and Monday, March 15 at 7pm; rehearsals begin April 6. You can sign up for the audition on Merced Shakespearefest’s Facebook page, or you may call 209-723-3265.

 

The production is directed by William Wolfgang with Ángel Núñez serving as Assistant Director; music direction and composition is by Cathryn Flores, and Dr. Bristin Jones is serving as the production’s literary advisor. Merced Shakespearefest Artistic Director Heike Hambley is the project’s Executive Producer.

Cast of Characters

 

Main Cast:

● Narrator [8 episodes]

● Don Quixote [8 episodes]

● Sancho Panza [6 episodes]

● Professor Sigüenza (priest/curate)[7 episodes]

● Nicolás (La Mancha Barber) [7 episodes]

 

Supporting Cast:

● Antonia Quixana (Quixote’s Niece)[4 episodes]

● Sr. Canónigo (canon) [3 episodes]

● The Vendor (Barber #2, Owner of Basin) [2 episodes]

● Andrés (Farm worker) [2 episodes]

 

Featured Guest Roles:

● Punk Teenager 1 [1 episode]

● Punk Teenager 2 [1 episode]

● Mall Cop [1 episode]

 

Cameos:

● Sr. Biscayan [1 episode]

● Haldudo (The Rich Farmer) [1 episode]

● Pedro Alonso (Neighbor) [1 episode]

 

Other Roles:

● Officer [1 episode]

● Farmers (1, 2 & 3) [1 episode]

● Raindancers (1, 2, & 3) [1 episode]

● Hikers [1 episode]

● Denizens of the Inn [2 episodes]

● Patrons of the Mall [1 episode]

● Patrons of the Farmer’s Market [1 episode]

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