Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Homeless in Seattle at ACT
by Rose Cano
In celebration of the first day of Hispanic Heritage month, eSe Teatro invites you to attend and engage in discussion following a full reading from artistic director, Rose Cano’s present-day adaptation of the Cervantes classic, Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle, addressing issues of homelessness, mental health and chronic inebriation in the local Latino community.
This special reading for homeless residents, advocates and the general public is the culmination of an outreach project entitled "Dialogues on Dignity", funded by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. The performance is followed by a "Dialogue on Dignity" examining the struggle to keep one's dignity while homeless.
A recent Seattle Office of Culture grant, “Empowering the Homeless through Theater,” has enabled this outreach series, bringing excerpts of the play to select homeless agencies this month with professional actors, allowing the audience to engage in a moderated feedback/conversation session around the theme “keeping our dignity” after the performance.
Since creating the piece two years ago, eSe has brought readings into various shelters and sites serving Latinos and other homeless populations (Union Gospel Mission - Spanish Chapel, CASA Latina, Consejo Counseling, Chief Seattle Club, Recovery Cafe, Tent City, COMPASS Center, William Booth Center. The initial outreach series involved reading scenes and eliciting feedback from audience members to ensure authenticity and relevance.
Based on the 16th century literary classic, iconic characters Sancho Panza and Don Quixote are alive in modern-day Seattle, meeting up in the ER at Harborview. The plays uses humor to depict the lives and friendship of two homeless Latinos dealing with chronic alcoholism and mental illness, as these gentlemen navigate both the streets and healthcare system.
Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle will have a special staged reading on September 15 at 2:30 pm at ACT Theatre in the Eulalie Space, and followed by a Dialogue on Dignity. Tickets are available day of show only at the door. $10 general admission (Cash or check). Recommended ages 13 and over.