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ROUND HOUSE THEATRE KICKS OFF SEASON WITH REGIONAL
PREMIERE & SPIRITED ADAPTATION OF DON QUIXOTE
FEATURING TEJANO MUSIC, BILINGUAL
WORDPLAY & PUPPETRY
September 8 – October 3 in Reopened Round House Theatre
Bethesda, Md. (August 17, 2021) – Round House Theatre begins its 2021-2022 Season with Quixote Nuevo, written by celebrated playwright Octavio Solis and directed by Lisa Portes. Quixote Nuevo runs September 8 – October 3, 2021. Press night is Monday, September 13, 2021. Please see below for complete program details and ticket information.
“Make room for Quixote Nuevo,” raves The Boston Globe. Following a full season of virtual productions in 2020-2021, Round House Theatre reopens with the regional premiere of Quixote Nuevo by celebrated playwright Octavio Solis. This inspired contemporary adaptation reimagines Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved knight Don Quixote as a brilliant professor battling the onset of dementia whose fantasies take center stage in a Texas border town. Along with his trusty sidekick, this modern-day Quixote journeys through the desert, tilting at patrol drones instead of windmills as he searches for his long-lost love.
Acclaimed director Lisa Portes brings this bittersweet and riotously funny production to life on stage. “Since March 2020, death has really been chasing us as a nation,” says Portes. “It is a tremendous honor to bring this story to a community of people who are looking for transformation. I am excited and moved to work on this piece.”
Filled with lively Tejano music, bilingual wordplay, and puppetry, the highly theatrical season opener exemplifies Round House’s commitment to producing works that tell vital stories. “We can’t wait to welcome audiences back with a show filled with theatricality and magic,” says Round House Theatre Artistic Director Ryan Rilette. “Quixote Nuevo will remind audiences who have been hungry for live theatre’s return of all that’s great about our art form.”
The cast includes Raúl Cardona (Zuit Suit at Center Theatre Group), Jyline Carranza (Miss You Like Hell at Olney Theatre Center), Ernie González, Jr. (previously seen at La MaMa and Creative Place Theatre), Adelina Mitchell (Gun & Powder at Signature Theatre and The Last Five Years at Constellation Theatre Company), Sarita Ocón (Quixote Nuevo and Everybody at Cal Shakes), Peter Pasco (Twenty50 at Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Brain Problems at Pico Playhouse), Isabel Quintero (The Roommate at Renaissance Theaterworks and In the Heights at Porchlight Music Theatre), Lawrence Redmond (Miss You Like Hell at Olney Theatre Center), and Herbert Siguenza (co-founder of Culture Clash; previously seen at Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center).
The all-Latinx cast is joined by a dynamic creative team that includes Dialect Coach Cynthia DeCure, Dramaturg and Round House Theatre Associate Artist for New Plays Naysan Mojgani, Scenic Designer Milagros Ponce de León, Costume and Puppet Designer Helen Huang, Lighting Designer Alberto Segarra, Composer and Sound Designer David R. Molina, and Resident Stage Manager Che Wernsman.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100 or ordered online at RoundHouseTheatre.org. Round House Theatre is located at 4545 East-West Highway, one block from Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda station on Metro’s Red Line.