Clown Quijote de la Mancha
By Olga Margallo, Antonio Muñoz de Mesa and Ximena Escalante.
Edition by María Fernández Ferreiro.
Olga Margallo (actress, director and content creator), Antonio Muñoz de Mesa (actor, director, scriptwriter, producer, presenter and content developer) and Ximena Escalante (playwright and scriptwriter) wrote Clown Quijote de la Mancha at the end of the last century. Although the play premiered in 1998 and has been performed hundreds of times since then, it had not yet been published until this edition.
It is an original and amusing adaptation that makes Cervantes’ text its own and manages to make the spectator smile (and even laugh). It is a short play aimed at a family audience and which adapts Don Quixote in clowning style, as its title clearly indicates. Thus, the most dynamic episodes of the novel are recovered here, marked by a character of adventure and fantasy. The work —available online at the Teatroteca (at INAEM’s Centro de Documentación)— is also characterized by its friendliness and easily intelligible comedy, in many cases based on visual elements such as gestures or costumes. It also stands out for its willingness to interact with the audience, who participate on up to three occasions in the action that takes place on stage.
Clown Quijote de la Mancha received the FETEN awards for Best Direction and Best Costume and Characterization in 1999.