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Shakespearefest to produce bilingual ‘Don Quixote’ webseries

Merced Shakespearefest will hold auditions for its new webseries in mid-March.

Following up on the success of last year’s bilingual “Ricardo II” webseries (which can be found on YouTube), Merced Shakespearefest will present an eight-part bilingual screen adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote written by Ángel Núñez and William Wolfgang.

This unique production reimagines the story of the famous knight-errant in modern-day Merced.

Using the original Spanish language in combination with new English translations of Cervantes’ text, this series will follow the comic, yet profound, adventures of Don Quixote and his trusty squire, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote is considered to be the world’s first novel.

The production is directed by William Wolfgang with Ángel Núñez serving as assistant director; music direction and composition is by Cathryn Flores, and Dr. Bristin Jones from UC Merced is serving as the production’s literary advisor. Merced Shakespearefest Artistic Director Heike Hambley is the project’s executive producer.

Ten-minute episodes will premier in August through Merced Shakespearefest’s social media platforms. In total the production will be approximately an hour and a half. Primary filming will take place during May. This is a community-based theatrical, film production and is designed to include diverse participants from Merced and the surrounding region.

Bilingual or monolingual participants (in either Spanish or English) are encouraged to attend an open audition via Zoom Saturday, March 13, at 11 a.m., and Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m.; rehearsals begin April 6, first on Zoom, later outdoors, depending what is considered safe and allowed. You can sign up for the audition on Merced Shakespearefest’s Facebook page, or you may call 209-723-3265. Further information can be found at

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