Will Rose and Jose Amador in “Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle” at Seattle’s eSe Teatro. (Photo by Stephani Mallard Couch)

Based on the 16th-century literary classic, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are alive in modern-day Seattle. This humorous adaptation of Don Quixote depicts the friendship of two homeless Latinos who meet in the ER. Together they face the perils of chronic alcoholism and mental illness head-on as they navigate the winding streets, shelters, and the health care system.

Cast & Creative Team:

  • Don Quixote: Will Rose
  • Sancho Panza: Jose Amador
  • Ensemble: Ian Bond
  • Ensemble: Steve Gallion
  • Ensemble: Xochitl Portillo-Moody
  • Ensemble: Angela Maestas
  • Director: David Quixsall
  • Stage Manager: Meghan Woffinden

About the Play: Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Homeless in Seattle (by Rose Cano)

The play, based on the 17th century literary classic, imagines Sancho Panza and Don Quixote alive in modern-day Seattle, meeting up in the ER at Harborview Medical Center. Using humor to depict the lives and friendship of two homeless Latinos dealing with chronic alcoholism and mental illness, the gentlemen navigate both the streets and healthcare system..

In 2011 we developed an eSe Community pilot project which served homeless Latinos through theatrical readings at shelters in the Seattle downtown core.  Combining new play development with a community need, we came up with an hour long module entitled “Dialogues on Dignity”.  This included a 30 minute staged reading by professional actors from (then play in process) “Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Homeless in Seattle” (by Rose Cano) followed by a 30 minute moderated bilingual dialogue on the struggle of maintaining dignity while living on the street.

A recent City of Seattle grant, “Empowering the Homeless through Theater,” enabled us to continue the Dialogues on Dignity series through 2013, bringing more excerpts of the play to select homeless agencies.  Over the past 3 years eSe Teatro has fostered relationships with, locals shelters, Day Centers, Day Labor Centers, mental health organizations for Latinos, public hospitals, tent cities and the King County Healthcare for the Homeless Network.  All these organizations have found theater an effective tool to obtain feedback from homeless Latinos (& others) regarding the health care system, language barriers, access to services, maintaining quality of life and transitioning out of homelessness.