The play-within-a-play features the author himself as the main character, who proceeds to cheer up a dungeon full of fellow prisoners with his swashbuckling tale. Its a tricky mix, but one thats expertly staged and set. The world around them is too awful to bear, says Dehnert. In order to do something about it, [Cervantes as Don Quixote] sets off on a quest to right wrongs, defend the defenseless, and generally confront evil wherever it may be.
Classic songs like The Impossible Dream and What Do You Want of Me? guide the way, but this is Quixotes show. Dehnert thinks audiences will relate to the 17th-century hero. Were living in very difficult times, she says. I hope people will come away with a little piece of Don Quixote awakened in their hearts.
Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 14. Continues through Oct. 7, 2007