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‘Quixote Nuevo’ Transports A Classic Story To The Texas Border

The star of The Alley Theatre’s production, Emilio Delgado, talks about the show and his 44 years playing Luis on Sesame Street.

Emilio Delgado in The Alley Theatre's production of Quixote Nuevo
Emilio Delgado in The Alley Theatre’s production of Quixote Nuevo.

A new production at The Alley Theatre is a re-imagination of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Of course, in that classic piece of 1600s literature, the main character reads so many romantic tales that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight bent of reviving the art of chivalry.

Quixote Nuevo Cast
The cast of Quixote Nuevo at The Alley Theatre.

Quixote Nuevo substitutes Spain with a fictional, modern-day Texas border town where Quixote and his sidekick go in search of long-lost love — all against a soundtrack of Tejano music.

The play stars Emilio Delgado, who many PBS viewers will remember from his 44 years as the character Luis on Sesame Street.

In the audio above, Delgado tells Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse how this new play differs from the Don Quixote many of us know.

And he talks about the experience of watching Sesame Street develop from a simple children’s show to a cultural phenomenon.

The Alley Theatre’s production of Quixote Nuevo runs through Feb. 9.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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