A Little Harmless Fun: Octavio Solis Discusses “Quixote Nuevo” and “Retablos”
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September 23, 2019 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
Author and playwright Octavio Solis will talk with arts writer Frank Rizzo about Solis’s play Quixote Nuevo, a re-imagining of the first modern novel, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The Monday, September 23, talk at 7 p.m. is part of the A Little Harmless Fun series.
The play opens the new season at Hartford Stage, running September 19 through October 13.
Quixote Nuevo is set in the fictional modern-day border town of La Plancha, Texas, where Don Quixote loses himself in stories of chivalrous escapades and embarks upon a quest of imagination, adventure, and Tejano music. Along the way he recruits a hapless but trusty sidekick in his search for lost love. As the community wrestles with containing Quixote’s fantasies, he, his family, and his friends discover the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story.
Solis will also read excerpts from his book Retablos: Stories of a Life Lived Along the Border, a memoir of his life growing up in El Paso, Texas, one mile from the Rio Grande. Copies of Solis’s 2018 book, the source of his play, will be available for sale and signing following the talk.
Frank Rizzo has covered theater for four decades for The Hartford Courant, Variety, and The New York Times. Read his work on his website Showriz.
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