STUDIO CONNECTIONS AND DA VINCI PLAYERS PRESENT
MAN OF LA MANCHA, Dale Wasserman’s long-running Broadway smash, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion; featuring KIT RUNGE as Don Quixote, KRISTE BELT as Aldonza, and DENNIS GALLARDO as Sancho Panza. Directed by ROBERT ENCILA.
Thursday, October 7 (preview) 7:30 PM
Friday & Saturday, October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 10, 17, 24 at 2:00 PM
Tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com or reserve by
phone at 520-731-1559.
$25.00 for adults; $22.00 children, students, seniors and military. Preview tickets are $15.00.
Group rates are available for 10 or more.
Miguel de Cervantes, along with his manservant, is thrown into prison by the Spanish Inquisition for foreclosing on a church that failed to pay taxes. There the prisoners steal his possessions, but he convinces them to allow him to win back a package of papers that would not be of value to other people. Pleading his case, Cervantes gives a dramatic defense by reenacting the story of Don Quixote of La Mancha: the passionate and poignant tale of a noble knight who lives in a world of madness and can not see that chivalry has died. His holy quest is a mission of salvation to find compassion not for himself but for others. Don Quixote falls in love with the fair maiden, Aldonza (Dulcinea), and convinces her to live a moral life. When Quixote is being knighted, the muleteers brutally assault Aldonza. Quixote and Sancho quickly run to Aldonza’s rescue but in the end, Quixote only preaches forgiveness. Next, Quixote fights off his darkest foe, the Enchanter. Moved by the story, the prisoners return Cervantes’ manuscript (which turns out to be his unfinished novel about Don Quixote) just before he is called before the Inquisition. The musical features several memorable songs, but “The Impossible Dream” has become a favorite classic.
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