The Marvelous Puppet Show: An Illuminated Lecture - Diversifying the Classics
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The Marvelous Puppet Show: An Illuminated Lecture

In this illuminated lecture, Professor Barbara Fuchs addresses Miguel de Cervantes’s surprisingly timely take on the trustworthiness of media. How does who we are shape what we see and believe? And how do the purveyors of media manipulate those distinctions?

In The Marvelous Puppet Show, the author of Don Quixote gives us a story of charlatans who con an audience of nervous villagers. For better or for worse, the short play invites us to become that audience. As it dissects the foibles of belief and belonging, Cervantes’s uncannily prescient interlude poses uncomfortable questions for the here and now. This lecture interweaves scholarship presented by Prof. Fuchs with performances by actors from theatre dybbuk.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A.

This event is a partnership between Diversifying the Classics and First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.


theatre dybbuk seeks to illuminate universal human experience by exploring Jewish thought through lyrical theatrical performances and innovative educational encounters. More information can be found at


Saturday, April 20, 2024, 7 PM – 9 PM.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.


Shatto Chapel, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020


$15 general admission
$10 students/seniors


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