El Retablo de Maese Pedro

EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO. Based on the book "The man of La Mancha" written by the playwright Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra.

This chapter is one of the best examples extracted from the great play of Don Quixote, highlighting the deepness and beauty of the immortal play of Cervantes.
A new adventure captures Don Quixote's attention and his perpetuous friend Sancho Panza, the arrival of Maese Pedro's puppet theater company.

Being surprised by the puppet theater's play realism, Don Quixote decided to offer help and favor both of the lovers in this story: The kind Don Gaiferos and the beautiful Melisendra, who escaped from the Moors.
The transcendental father of Europe, King Charlemagne, Melisendra's stepfather, who's honor is in danger because of his daughter's kidnapping by the ruler of the supreme Moor Empire, king Marsilio.

In this intense struggle for the control of power simbolized in the romantic story of Melisendra and Don Gaiferos, contemporary with the story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Cervantes finds the way to cleverly involve Don Quixote in the resolution of the conflict.

Called by the voices of help and despair, a walking knight as the man of la Mancha enters the scene and fights the Moors describing them as the "Wild and Possessed Giants". Here, I present the esence of Don Quixote's fight with the windmills. In a simple language of images our shadow theater captures the creative game, imagination, simbolism, and the dualism which Cervantes manages in the entirety of his play: "Fantasy vs Reality", "Help vs Despair", "Mastery vs Slavery", "Ignorance vs Poetry".