—The play is a modern and entertaining version of El Quijote. Describing its key characters and scenes, it revives concepts and topics of interest for different audiences. Its main themes are resilience; a grown man’s reinvention; using common and everyday things to achieve happiness; teamwork and trust.
—Over his long artistic career, Héctor Noguera has put on more than four versions of this play. One of them was Las consecuencias de mucho leer, a production that was performed during Teatro Camino’s first few seasons. He has worked on Cervantes’ text for more than 20 years, bringing its main passages to the stage and reviving the elements that make Quijote one of the most well-known characters in Spanish literature.
—Noguera revives the story of a character — El Quijote — who is always searching for justice. He may lose battles and his way, but he also knows how to navigate his way through them, even when he emerges with a few bruises. He might lose the battle, but not his mission to save the world. He is joined on his adventures by his indispensable sidekick, Sancho Panza.
—On adapting one of literature’s essential pieces, Noguera explains that “one of the greatest things I admire about the classics is the way each character in the story is made more human and how certain portrayals are tackled. Attributes, defects and virtues are maintained as time goes by and transcend different generations”.
— The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha. Written by Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes and published in 1605, this novel is one of Spanish literature’s essential works and an indisputable universal classic. It’s considered the first modern and also the first polyphonic novel. Its influence on European writing has been huge. In its pages, it tells the story of Don Quijote, an ingenious and generous nobleman from La Mancha obsessed with books about the cavalry. He decides to travel through Spain to fight evil and protect the helpless, accompanied by faithful but naïve sidekick Sancho Panza.
—Héctor Noguera and Don Quijote. The Chilean actor and director has been working on different projects related to this Spanish classic for more than 20 years. “More than 20 years ago, I picked up this book again and finally understood things I’d found really complicated the first time round. I rediscovered the comedy in the character - who had all the virtues so necessary for those times - such as the capacity to reinvent yourself at any age and to try and improve your life with the resources you’ve got, without waiting for happiness to come from outside”, Noguera has said.