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Quixote

90-minute fully staged work for actor, four vocalizing percussionists, soprano, mezzo-soprano, and contralto

Commissioned and produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, as part of the Performing Arts Research Laboratory Artist Residency 2015-2017. 

Libretto and Music: Amy Beth Kirsten

Direction and Design: Mark DeChiazza

Cast: 

Mark DeChiazza, actor; Lindsay Kesselman, soprano; Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano; Kirsten Sollek, contralto; Ian Rosenbaum, Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney, Jonny Allen of Sandbox Percussion

Designers:

Mary Ellen Stebbins, lighting design; Palmer Hefferan, sound design; Sylvianne Shurman, costume design; Denisa Musilova, choreographer; Mark DeChiazza, with Erik Trester, video design. 

Matthew Tanico, Scholar-in-Residence

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Books infect Alonso Quixano (Mark DeChiazza)

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The books whisper to Alonso

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construction of Dulcinea (Lindsay Kesselman)

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The crowd aims to bring Don Quixote (Terry Sweeney) home

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Quixote is subjected to a medical exam to find the cause of his madness

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A multitude of Sancho Panzas give proverbial advice

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In a nightmare, Dulcinea (Lindsay Kesselman) terrorizes Quixote

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The Death-Knight (Kirsten Sollek) confronts Alonso at the end of his life

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Alonso Quixano confronts his alter ego, Don Quixote of La Mancha 

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The crowd reflects on what they have lost