GENESEO – The latest production in partnership with SUNY Geneseo’s department of Languages and Literatures will lift the curtain on a theatrical adaptation of El Quijote, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel which follows the bumbling Don Quijote on his many misadventures.
According to a press release from SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Rose McEwen, Associate Professor of Spanish, is excited by the potential this unique show has, having brought professional and student productions to the Geneseo campus for more than ten years. The show will be performed twice on Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium.
“I can’t tell you how epic this production is becoming,” says Dr. McEwen. “Working with everyone is wonderful, but there’s so much going on. It’s a gigantic endeavor, but contributors such as the college, the Center for Community, and student intern Selin Erdogan make the artistic commitment a little easier.”
El Quijote follows the idealist Don Quijote through his attempts to better the world. Obsessed with chivalry and doing what he perceives as right, Don Quijote departs on his quest from the La Mancha region of Central Spain, encountering some trouble along the way.
The show is part of the Department of Languages and Literatures National Hispanic Heritage month events, which recognize and celebrate the efforts and influences of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. The play, performed by acclaimed off-Broadway theatre company Repertorio Español, is in Spanish, but is guided along with English “supertitles,” projected from the back of the stage.
“Anybody who does not understand Spanish will still be able to experience the production,” added Dr. McEwen.
Those behind El Quijote reach out to groups beyond the college’s immediate community, including fifteen high school groups from Western New York that have already scheduled a viewing of the show.
Dr. McEwen has participated in welcoming younger students and local residents to campus productions in Spanish for more than a decade, and now looks forward to giving them a chance to experience the theatrical adaptation of the novel most widely read in the world.
“Not every student can experience foreign language in their environment,” said Dr. McEwen. “Theater includes everything. It’s language. It’s culture. It’s gestures. It’s communication.”
Tickets are available for $10 at the office of the Department of Languages and Literatures (Welles Hall 211) or at Wadsworth Auditorium’s window one hour before curtain time. Online purchase at QuijoteAtGeneseo.BrownPaperTicket.com is recommended for just a service fee of $1.34 more.