The 60s were a time of social upheaval driven by hope and idealism. Now, to bring the year-long “The 60s: Exploring the Limits” series to a close, UNCG Theatre has partnered with Triad Stage for a production of Dale Wasserman’s classic musical about pursuing dreams in the face of harsh reality, “Man of La Mancha.” The musical was a great hit during its 1965 debut, winning five Tony Awards, and has been performed worldwide and revived on Broadway four times since.
In prison, the poet Cervantes tells the story of the knight Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, as they embark on a quest to fight a giant and win the heart of Quixote’s beloved Dulcinea. Featuring favorite songs such as “The Impossible Dream,” “Dulcinea, and “I, Don Quixote,” the play reimagines the original novel as a story about courage and striving to “reach the unreachable star.”
The cast and staff include a number of UNCG students, faculty, and alumni in the production:
- Students: Kemari Bryant (José), Christina Duchesne (Antonia), Yansi Fatama (Fermina), Kezia Moore (Captain of the Inquisition), J. Andrew Speas (Anselmo), Forrest Wilson as Juan
- Alumni: Bradley Carter (Paco), Michael Tourek (The Governor/The Innkeeper), Dr. Justin P. Cowan (Musical Director), Virginia Hirsch (Dramaturg)
- Faculty: Christine Morris (Maria, The Innkeeper’s Wife/Housekeeper), Denise Gabriel (Choreographer), Jim Wren (Resident Fight Choreographer)
“Man of La Mancha” will run for two more weeks, and tickets are still available. To see the schedule and purchase tickets, see the web entry on Triad Stage here.
Compiled by Avery Campbell.
Photography by Vanderveen Photography.
Spartans in top photo: J. Andrea Speas, Kemari Bryant, Bradley Carter, Forrest Wilson
Spartans in middle photo: Christine Morris, Christina Duchesne
Spartans in bottom photo: Yansa Fatima, Christina Duchesne