In celebration of Latino History Month, Emmy Award-winner Henry Darrow (the first Latino to play Zorro in 1983's CBS series "Zorro & Son") will portray another great Spaniard, although this time, he won't be fictional.
He'll star in That Certain Cervantes, the story of novelist Miguel de Cervantes Saavdra, author of "Don Quixote of La Mancha." The one-man show plays Sept. 27-Nov. 11 at Los Angeles' El Portal Center for the Arts' Circle Theatre.
Harry Carson's That Certain Cervantes opens as the writer anxiously awaits an emissary from the king who will decide if he is good enough to be resident court poet-playwright. Rehearsing what he's going to tell the king's man, Cervantes recreates and acts out the greatest moments from his greatest works, even as he curses his rivals for the job and wonders what his true relationship to the king is.
Darrow won his Emmy as Rafael Castillo on the soap opera "Santa Barbara." He began his television as Manolito in "The High Chaparral" in 1967, performing the role for four seasons. Since he has played roles on "T.J. Hooker," "Star Trek Voyager" and Showtime's "Resurrection Boulevard."
Debra De Liso directs. Her credits include The Versus of Ogden Nash (produced, like Cervantes by C. Raul Espinoza) and the three one-acts Beds. Designing That Certain Cervantes are Dan Smith (sets), Robert Fromer (lighting) and Vince Gutierrez (sound).
Tickets are $25. El Portal Center for the Arts is located at 5269 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. For reservations, call (818) 508-4200.
— By Christine Ehren