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“Don Quixote” on stage at UCI and now online!

Diversifying the Classics’ latest translation has been out adventuring from coast to coast, from Red Bull Theater in NYC to UC Irvine here in Southern California. Don Quixote de la Mancha—Guillén de Castro’s theatrical adaptation of Cervantes’ classic novel—recently delighted audiences for two nights at UCI, in collaboration with the New Swan Shakespeare Center and Brown Bag Theatre Company. 

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“The moment the play is in our hands, it is ours”. A conversation with Oscar Rodríguez Quiroz

“When I studied Theater as an undergrad, we would cover Molière, Shakespeare, Goldoni, and so forth, but no Hispanic author” said Óscar Rodríguez Quiroz, director of Sor Juana’s Love Is the Greater Labyrinth for Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre. First as a drama teacher in Honduras and now as an Artist-Educator and MFA Acting Candidate at Michigan State, Quiroz decided to explore the rich Hispanic tradition and turned to the famous Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, known for her protofeminism as well as her remarkable poetry and plays.READ MORE

Reimagining ‘Love is the Greater Labyrinth’ through Set and Costume Design by Emilia Mendez

 

Love is the Greater Labyrinth, written in 1698 by the Mexican nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, is a retelling of an Ancient Greek myth. This project, completed during my final year in the BA of Theatre Design program at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL, relocates the story to the rich cultural and geographic landscape of Mexico. This design aims to introduce the audience to elements of Mayan culture and theatrical sustainability, two themes I feel strongly about and am interested in exploring further in my work.READ MORE

The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs at CSU Bakersfield

On Oct. 26, part of the Diversifying the Classics team attended the opening night of The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs at CSU Bakersfield, in a production directed by Professor David Melendez. Javier Patiño, Marta Albalá, and Barbara Fuchs led a pre-show discussion with an enthusiastic audience. We wish the company a very successful run this weekend!

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Don Quixote in New York! by Robin Kello

I do not mean to suggest that Alonso Quijano, Don Quijote de la Mancha, Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance and his squire Sancho Panza were themselves spotted in on the eastern side of the isle (not to be confused with ínsula) of Manhattan earlier this month. There was, however, a staged reading at Repertorio Español on October 3rd of the Diversifying the Classics translation of Guillén de Castro’s Don Quixote.READ MORE