State of the Arts documents the making of QUIXOTE at Montclair State University

Marina Levitskaya

QUIXOTE by Amy Beth Kirsten and Mark DeChiazza.

State of the Arts, a half-hour television show that airs on NJTV, goes on location with creative personalities and productions. The show has been recognized as one of the premier arts and culture programs on public television, with 30 Mid-Atlantic and New York Emmy Awards to its credit. An in-depth documentary feature about an important artist or event anchors each episode. Short studio visit introduce viewers to the extraordinary range of New Jersey artists, musicians, and poets at work today.

The current episode of State of the Arts, produced by Susan Wallner, documents the making of QUIXOTE, a bold re-imagining of the Cervantes classic for voice and percussion, by composer-librettist Amy Beth Kirsten and director-designer-performer Mark DeChiazza. QUIXOTE was developed on campus at Montclair State University as part of the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming's Performing Arts Research Lab (PeARL). It made its world premiere at the Alexander Kasser Theater on March 23, 2017.

State of the Arts goes behind the scenes to visit QUIXOTE in rehearsal and to demonstrate the many ways the artists and scholars who created the production interfaced with students and faculty members across campus.

Watch the QUIXOTE story by State of the Arts.