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¡Quijóteres! The Ingenious Puppet Don Quijote de La Mancha

The Ingenious Puppet Don Quijote de La Mancha

Thursday – October 8th, 2020 – 6:30 pm

Artist Studio Project in collaboration with Dragoncillo Puppet Troupe and the Orange County Public Library, invite you to a special virtual performance of Dragoncillo Puppet Troupe’s “¡Quijóteres!”

Jason Yancey explains: The play that follows represents a loose adaptation of Cervantes’s classic tale. It is not The Quijote or anything approaching such. I would not even go as far to say it is my vision of the Quijote. At best, this adaptation represents just one of the many tangled, intertwined stories from the novel that appeal to me as a reader, playwright and scholar, one I wished to share with my audience.
A Play for two audiences:  This play was created for children in an elementary school setting, kids who probably do not understand Spanish and possessed little to no familiarity with the Quijote. For this group I hope to offer an engaging, comical, action-driven introduction to Spanish and to Cervantes’s misguided knight, one that would encourage them to want to learn more.
The second audience intended for are students, parents and educators who speak some Spanish and have a firm enough understanding of the Quijote so as to recognize subtle references to events and characters detailed in the story. For this group I hope to incorporate the beauty and flavor of the original language, certain nuances of the characters and their relationships, and utilize some of the narrative innovations frequently cited as evidence of the first modern novel.

                          Artist Studio Project NC


Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra :(1547-1616) was a novelist, playwright and poet hailing from Spain’s fabled “Golden Age” of art and literature. He is best known as the author of El Ingenioso hidalgo, don Quijote de La Mancha, a self-described satire of chivalric romances and a cautionary tale for their readers. Originally published in two parts (1605 and 1615), the story follows the diluted knight-errant Don Quijote and his faithful squire Sancho Panza on noble quests that repeatedly end in comic misadventures. The novel enjoyed tremendous popularity in Spain and abroad, bringing fame, if not fortune, to its creator. During the 400 years that have followed, scholars and writers frequently regard Don Quijote as not only the first modern novel but also the greatest work of fiction ever written.

Jason Yancey: is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. A puppeteer, director and Spanish theater scholar, he received a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Arizona in 2009 and has directed plays in Spanish by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca and María de Zayas. His 2005 production of El caballero de Olmedo, produced by Brigham Young University, opened the 2005 Chamizal Siglo de Oro Drama Festival, in El Paso, TX, and his world-first translation/adaptation of Tirso’s Antona García debuted there in 2012. He serves as a board member of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater (AHCT), and curates the organization’s extensive film archive of Golden Age stage performances. Since arriving at GVSU Professor Yancey has created a one-of-a-kind Spanish puppetry course that teaches students to write, produce and perform original puppet theater for local Spanish immersion elementary schools.

Dragoncillo: is a puppetry troupe comprised of university scholars specializing in golden age theatre: Jason Yancey (GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY); Esther Fernández (RICE UNIVERSITY); Jonathan Wade (MEREDITH COLLEGE); and Jared White (BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY). The group debuted in April 2018 with a shadow puppet adaptation of the Juan Rana figure from Golden Age Entremeses into an original production titled, “The Fabulous Johnny Frog,” offering performances in El Paso, Texas, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company is dedicated to imaginative storytelling that educates while it entertains.


Orange County Public Library
With locations in historic Hillsborough, serene Cedar Grove and quirky Carrboro, the Orange County Public Library is a small system with an epic reach. We give free library cards to residents of 6 counties, employees of 3 local governments, 2 school systems, 1 community college and the nation’s first public university. We’re fiercely friendly and forward-thinking. And nothing makes us happier than helping someone find the book or information they want, seeing a child soak up storytime, watching a teenager develop leadership skills through participating in our Teen Advisory Board, or teaching an older adult how to use their new cell phone. All services are free.

Services include:

  • Books, movies, magazines, games available for checkout
  • Book clubs and book club kits
  • Online services such as, test prep, ancestry, OverDrive and hoopla
  • Meeting and study rooms
  • Reader’s advisory (reading recommendations)
  • Free wi-fi and computer use on site
  • Community outreach
  • Field trips
  • Notary appointments (Main Library in Hillsborough, only)
  • Test proctoring (Main Library in Hillsborough, only)
  • Programs for all ages


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Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Orange
Con ubicaciones en el histórico Hillsborough, el sereno Cedar Grove y el peculiar Carrboro, la Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Orange es un pequeño sistema con un alcance épico. Entregamos tarjetas de biblioteca gratuitas a los residentes de 6 condados, empleados de 3 gobiernos locales, 2 sistemas escolares, 1 colegio comunitario y la primera universidad pública del país. Somos ferozmente amigables y progresistas. Y nada nos hace más felices que ayudar a alguien a encontrar el libro o la información que desean, ver a un niño absorber la hora del cuento, ver a un adolescente desarrollar habilidades de liderazgo al participar en nuestro Consejo Asesor de Adolescentes o enseñarle a un adulto mayor cómo usar su nuevo teléfono celular. Todos los servicios son gratuitos.

Los servicios incluyen:

  • Libros, películas, revistas, juegos disponibles para pagar
  • Clubes de libros y kits de clubes de libros
  • Servicios en línea como, preparación de exámenes, ascendencia, OverDrive y hoopla
  • Salas de reuniones y estudios
  • Aviso del lector (recomendaciones de lectura)
  • Wifi gratuito y uso de la computadora en el sitio
  • Alcance comunitario
  • Viajes al campo
  • Citas notariales (Biblioteca principal en Hillsborough, solo)
  • Supervisión de pruebas (Biblioteca principal en Hillsborough, solo)
  • Programas para todas las edades.