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Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle

 Real Change - USA 06 October 2019

American playwright, Rose Cano, has rewritten Don Quixote for a new generation. “Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle” reimagines Cervantes’ characters as homeless people living on the streets of Seattle, Washington. Cano performs the plays in shelters, day labor organizations and drop-in centers and follows up her shows with talks about homeless rights and dignity. Aaron Burkhalter of Real Change reports on a play Cano has been working on since 2011. (2064 Words) - By Aaron Burkhalter

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During a rehearsal of Rose Cano’s “Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle,” the title character, played by Will Rose, left, rehearses a fight scene, with ensemble member Ian Bond. The play takes place in various Seattle locations.Photo: Alex Garland

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Rose Cano did readings of the unfinished play at tent cities, shelters and day- labor centers. She collected feedback from clients to make it reflective of life on the street.Photo: Alex Garland

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During a rehearsal, José Amador (Sancho Panza) pushes Will Rose (Don Quixote) in a shopping cart past ensemble member Angela Maestas.Photo: Alex Garland


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