MAN OF LA MANCHA is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of our time. This is a play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” We have a poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. It’s All the Same, Dulcinea, I’m Only Thinking of Him, The Impossible Dream, I Really Like Him and Little Bird remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show.
His dream is Everyman’s dream. His tilting at windmills is Everyman’s great adventure. Somehow, the footlights disappear, time is telescoped and the “Man of La Mancha” speaks for humankind.
Re-envisioned as a contemporary nightmare, Artes de la Rosa’s 50th Anniversary production of Man of La Mancha gives a portrait of a Marine Veteran, tortured by his own mind, returning from war to face his demons within a corrupt and unsympathetic culture. With no peace in sight, he escapes into the world of Miguel de Cervantes’s book, Don Quixote, a world where he will find an impossible dream.