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Press Release: Quixote Nuevo


 Moving Adaptation Based on Don Quixote Marks Return of the SCR Legacy Playwright

COSTA MESA, Calif. (September 12, 2023)—South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) opens its milestone 60thseason by taking theatregoers on a special journey with two of literature’s most iconic characters—Don Quixote and Sancho Panza—with Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis. Featuring Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash and directed by Lisa Portes, the modern adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece, Don Quixote, runs Sept. 30-Oct. 28 on the Segerstrom Stage.

Quixote Nuevo is a co-production with Seattle Rep and Portland Center Stage. Tickets are on sale at

Solis, known best for his play La Posada Mágica—which ran for 15 seasons (1994-2008)—returns to SCR for the first time in more than a decade. His other world premieres at SCR include Man of the Flesh (1990) and Cloudlands, co-written with Adam Gwon, in 2012. Solis also directed nine productions of La Posada Mágica.

With Quixote Nuevo, Solis crafts a contemporary take on Don Quixote—considered the world’s first modern novel—bursting with imagination and Tejano music. The valiant knight—a.k.a. Jose Quijano—sets out to find his long-lost love. But nothing is as it seems, he gets lost in his fantasies and the community wrestles with his dangerous reality. This fast-paced, bilingual fable about the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story makes its Southern California debut.

"When I first came to SCR in 1989 to work on the reading of my inaugural Latinx work, Man of the Flesh, I felt immediately respected and valued by the entire artistic staff of this esteemed company,” Solis said. “They innately trusted this young brown kid with his play and his ideas about theatre. Over the last three decades and four productions of my works there, that respect and value has remained undiminished. Now I welcome the opportunity to give back the love and support that SCR has given me by offering Quixote Nuevo to its audiences. It feels like home again."

Ivers couldn’t wait to invite Solis back for SCR’s 60th season, viewing the playwright as an integral part of a memorable season of theatre.

“It’s an honor to return Octavio back to SCR where his work has long been a part of our community,” Ivers said. “Quixote Nuevo is a thrilling start to our anniversary season; a reimagined classic timely situated for a contemporary audience.”

“You only turn 60 once, and after a year of planning, we’re excited to bring you a 60th season that illustrates the full range of our repertoire as it demonstrates our commitment to the community,” Tomei said. “Octavio Solis is a longtime artistic collaborator and friend and his Quixote Nuevo is an example of the wonderful storytelling we are proud to showcase on our stage. It is a vibrant tale that engages with every community.”

The award-winning Portes directed previous productions of Quixote Nuevo at Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Round House Theatre, near Washington, D.C. Portes’ last SCR directorial project was the spring 2022 production of Clean/Espejos by Christine Quintana, which won the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. She has directed productions at many of the country’s major regional theatres, as well as in New York at Playwrights Horizon, The Public Theater, Soho Rep and the New York Theatre Workshop.

"Quixote Nuevo is a highly theatrical tale of redemption and transformation, complete with music, dance, puppetry and magic,” Portes said. “It traces the story of Quijano, who seeks to redeem his life's failures by becoming the noble knight Don Quixote of La Plancha, Texas. We can't imagine a better place to launch this West Coast triple co-production than here in Southern California."

Siguenza returns to SCR in the role of Jose Quijano/Quixote. A member of the Chicano/Latino performance group Culture Clash, Siguenza previously appeared at SCR with Culture Clash in The Birds (1998), Culture Clash in AmeriCCa (2008) and Culture Clash (Still) in America (2019). He played Jose Quijano/Quixote in both the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Round House Theatre productions.

It also features Raúl Cardona (Papa Calaca/Cardenio), Sol Castillo (Padre Perez), Laura Crotte (Magdalena/Perla), Viviana Garza (Antonia/Inez), Ernie González Jr. (Manny/Sancho Panza), Maya Malan-Gonzalez (Dr. Campos/Dulcinea), Alexis B. Santiago (Rosario/Juana) and Lakin Valdez (Bruno/Young Quijano). Alicia Coca, Amilcar Jauregui and Tony Sancho are the understudies.

The design and creative team include Jesse Sanchez, music director; Efren Delgadillo Jr, set design; Helen Q. Huang, costume design; Pablo Santiago, lighting design; David R. Molina, sound design and original music; Bernardo Mazón Daher, dramaturg; Marissa Herrera, choreographer; Eduardo Robledo, co-composer, Cynthia Santos DeCure, voice/dialect coach; Estela Garcia, puppet consultant and Michael Polak, fight & intimacy coordinator. Joanne DeNaut, CSA, is the casting director. Maisie Chan is the production manager, Shawna Voragenis the production stage manager, and Stefania Zuluaga is the assistant stage manager.

Quixote Nuevo received generous support from Connie and Dr. Peter Spenuzza and the Spenuzza Velastegui Family Foundation, Socorro and Ernesto Vasquez and U.S. Bank.

 Tickets are now on sale and range in price from $29 to $105, with additional discounts available for educators, seniors and theatregoers ages 25 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at (714) 708-5555. More information is available at

Special Events
  • Post-Show Discussions:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3 (Director/Designer Conversation). Wednesday, Oct. 11, Thursday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 26 (Actor Conversations with members of the cast). Sunday, Oct. 15 (Community Conversation, a presentation and discussion surrounding a theme specific to Quixote Nuevo).
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively 90-minute session includes in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into Quixote Nuevo.Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

2023-24 Productions: Quixote Nuevo, Sept 30-Oct. 28, 2023; A Raisin in the Sun, Oct. 22-Nov. 12; A Christmas Carol, Nov. 25-Dec. 24; Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, Jan. 18-28, 2024; (Theatre for Young Audiences) Alice’s Wonderland, Feb. 10-25; Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical, April 5-May 4; A World Premiere to be Announced, April 21-May 12. Outside SCR at Mission San Juan Capistrano, July 20-Aug. 11. The annual showcase of new works, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, runs May 3-5, 2024.

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ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY:  Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964, is led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern plays and musicals, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program—The Lab@SCR—which includes one of the nation’s largest commissioning programs for emerging, mid-career and established writers. Of SCR’s more than 500 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.

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