Octavio Solis, an award winning playwright and director, read various translations of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha before he adapted it into a play that premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2009. It is a faithful adaptation of Volume 1 of The Quixote. This is an excellent play to read whether a class is reading the novel or an excerpt of the book. Students can appreciate the timeless tale even if just reading the drama where a link is provided to a 2015 production at California State University, Dominguez Hills where actors celebrate the 400th year anniversary of the novel by enacting the play in front of a live audience. It is a quality videotaping.
A link is also provided where students can purchase a copy of the play script, and view an interview with the playwright, where he discusses his adaptation process. The resource contains 60 guiding questions for students to either read or view the play. An answer key for the instructor is provided.
Key Words: Don Quixote, Octavio Solis, Miguel de Cervantes, Spain, World Literature, AP Spanish Literature, AP English Literature, hero’s journey, knights, drama, poetry