Don Quixote de La Redo
A Glass Half Full Theatre Production
Don Quixote de La Redo: The ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote unleashes his superhero locura upon the borderlands in this original stage production mixing puppets and human actors at the MACC.
Glass Half Full Theatre (Puppetry and Physical Theater of Objects & Ideas), co-presented with Teatro Vivo, and The Jim Henson Foundation at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center.
Don Quixote de La Redo is set in an imagined future near the border between Texas and México, in a place that used to be called “Laredo.” A pair of technicians encounter the lost stories of Don Quixote and strive to “re-do” them with regrettable and hilarious consequences. This production spotlights the hallmarks of Glass Half Full Theatre’s award-winning approach to performance: wry humor and inventive use of puppeteer as character, with precise physical language and stunning visuals featuring puppets and human actors. The performers use a combination of English and Spanglish.
This original show reunites the duo of physical theatre performer/puppeteers that created Cenicienta and The Orchid Flotilla, Caroline Reck and Gricelda Silva, who have a dozen Payne and Critic’s Table awards between them for Acting, Script, Puppetry, and Direction, as well as a shared “Austin Chronicle Top 10 Theatre Duos and Trios of 2014.” The dynamic duo, who are 6’ and 5’ tall respectively, play X and Y, Corporate Citizens of the corporation in charge of maintaining the border wall. Or border barricade, should we say, as the section where they are stationed in “The Re-do” was constructed out of the abandoned odds and ends left over from early 21st century society, in this case, books no one was reading anymore.
When X and Y are instructed to relocate a section of wall, they discover the lost stories of Don Quixote and enter a surreal world of puppetry where Don Quixote and Sancho Panza require them to confront the realities of their dystopian future that caused those stories to “get disappeared,” and to perhaps risk everything to bring them back into the light.
This is not a children’s puppet show. Older children (10+) are welcome at their parents discretion. No sex or graphic violence, but parents be warned of bilingual cursing (sh*t/ cabr*n/ching@da) and complex political references that may escape the youth’s understanding or attention.
Featuring Gricelda Silva, Caroline Reck, Indigo Rael, Rudy Ramirez, & Marina De Yoe-Pedraza.
Devised by The Cast; with Text by Miguel de Cervantes and Caroline Reck
Direction by Caroline Reck
Design by Taylor Juarez, Eliot Hayes, Taylor Harrison, Caroline Reck, Jennifer Davis, & Rachel Atkinson.
Stage Management by Stephanie Delk
Where: Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX, 78701
When: February 9th – 25th
Thursday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday Feb 12th and 19th @2PM
(Sunday Matinees are Pay What You Can at the Door)
(512) 541-9192 BoxOffice@GlassHalfFullTheatre.com
Video sneak peek: https://vimeo.com/glasshalffulltheatre
ABOUT GLASS HALF FULL THEATRE:
“Glass Half Full Theater has netted . . . considerable critical acclaim for its inventive blend of puppetry and physical storytelling.” -Austin-American Statesman
“The puppeteers who spin the evening’s tale, Caroline Reck and Gricelda Silva, are engaging, precise, and humorous.” –Austin Chronicle
“The company provides full value, playing with (not against) the audience, and reveals its innovative spirit and high creativity as it does so. This is a company to follow. “ -CTX, Austin
Glass Half Full Theatre creates original work featuring puppets and human actors, often around themes of environmental protection and the consequences of human error, but with an imaginative and comedic bent. Glass Half Full Theatre has received multiple grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and the City of Austin to create new work, and received dozens of Austin theater award nominations, earning Outstanding Original Script, Direction, Acting and Puppetry from the B. Iden Payne awards, and The David Mark Cohen New Play Award, Visionary Vivifier Award, and Sound Design and Acting Awards from The Austin Critic’s Table. Recent shows include Petra and the Wolf, Cenicienta, The Missionary Position Trilogy, Once There Were Six Seasons, The Orchid Flotilla, Simple Sundries, and FupDuck.
Glass Half Full Theatre is a sponsored Project of the Austin Creative Alliance. This project is a co-production with Teatro Vivo and supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by the Jim Henson Foundation.