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By Brian Robin

Get Engaged with “Quixote Nuevo”

It’s the next-best thing to going backstage. Learning about what’s happening on the stage.

It’s an SCR post-show discussion, which gives theatregoers the opportunity to not only engage with the actors and creative team about the craft of theatre, but get the answers to those questions that come up as you watch an SCR production.

Moderated by SCR’s Artistic/Audience Engagement Associate H. Adam Harris, SCR offers a variety of ways for theatregoers to engage and learn about the art of theatre. The varying subjects and programs are offered for every play, except Theatre for Young Audiences, A Christmas Carol, Outside SCR and Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone.

The most in-depth is Inside the Season, a 90-minute session taking place on a Saturday morning. Always one of SCR’s most popular engagement opportunities, it’s a crash course in theatre, taught by professionals giving you a front-row seat into the process.

“This is an opportunity for folks to ask questions and engage with the play and the making of theatre in a way you don’t’ get with any other engagement opportunity,” Harris said. “With that much time, you’re hearing from someone directly connected with the show and someone directly connected with theatre. You learn about the craft of theatre and the making of theatre, at the same time you’re learning about the play. Everything is interactive and intimate.”

The Inside the Season for Quixote Nuevo is Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

The other engagement sessions take place after evening performances. They generally run for 25 minutes and follow a specific focus.

There are the Actor Talks. These are discussions with one or more of the actors in that production. Quixote Nuevo offers two opportunities: Thursday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 26.

“That’s the classic thing that people think about when they think about a post-show conversation,” Harris said. “You hear directly from the actors: what they think is valuable. What their process is like.”

The same process—only with the director and/or designers—takes place Tuesday, Oct. 3 for Quixote Nuevo. It gives audiences the opportunity to hear from the director and various designers about their processes.

The final engagement opportunity is Community Conversation. It’s a presentation and discussion pertaining to a theme specific to Quixote Nuevo. Here, Harris brings in a local expert who is knowledgeable about one particular element of the play for an informative and lively presentation. The Quixote Nuevo Community Conversation follows the Sunday, Oct. 15 performance. 

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South Coast Repertory

South Coast Repertory is a Tony Award-winning theatre is known for producing classics, contemporary hits and world premieres, for having the largest new-play development program in the nation and for advancing the art of theatre in service to the community. 

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