|Written by Jen Schlueter||Directed by Matt Slaybaugh|
Isabel is walking 500 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. What is she looking for? And is she ready for what she will find? Her Quixote is a splintering of Cervantes’ massive (and metafictional) novel, remixed with a wide variety of writing about walking. It examines the power of pilgrimage, how we get lost, and how we can find ourselves again.
Like Schlueter’s work with the for/word company, this play is collage out of a wide variety of sources including Kathryn Harrison’s The Road to Santiago; Elaine Orabona Foster and Joseph Foster III’s In Movement There Is Peace; Jack Hitt’s Off The Road; Donald P. McCrory’s No Ordinary Man: The Life and Times of Miguel de Cervantes; Jane Christmas’s What the Psychic Told The Pilgrim; Conrad Rudolph’s Pilgrimage to the End of the World; Donald and Maria Schell’s My Father, My Daughter: Pilgrims on the Road to Santiago; Paolo Coelho’s The Pilgrimage; Robert Ward’s All the Good Pilgrims; Wendy Lesser’s “The First Novel,” Jorge Luis Borges’s “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote,” Rebecca Solnit’s body of work including The Faraway Nearby, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, A Book of Migrations, Men Explain Things To Me, and Wanderlust; the vast collection of pilgrim’s photography and recollections on tumblr, especially Goldiknocks; and Edith Grossman’s elegant translation of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. It was developed in workshop with members of Available Light Theatre (Columbus, Ohio) including Acacia Duncan, Drew Eberly, Kim Garrison-Hopcraft, David Glover, Eleni Papaleonardos, Elena Peratoni-Fehr, Michelle Schroeder, and Matt Slaybaugh.