( Fri., Jun. 10, 2022 - Sun., Jun. 26, 2022 )
The Justice Theater Project, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617
MAN OF LA MANCHA, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic 17th-century novel, Don Quixote, is a poignant, moving musical. Set in the Spanish Inquisition, MAN OF LA MANCHA is a play-within-a-play. We encounter historical author Miguel de Cervantes in prison, awaiting trial. When fellow prisoners try to take Cervantes’ belongings from him, including his manuscript, he proposes a trial to prove the manuscript's merit through a reenactment, featuring his fellow prisoners as characters. Together, they tell the story of the aged Alonso Quijana, who believes himself to be a knight errant, names himself Don Quixote, and pursues an obsessive quest to attain an impossible dream. Against all odds, Quixote and his trusty squire, Sancho Panza take to the road in a quest for chivalry - seeking out the good and innocent in a world filled with darkness and despair. Through the story, all the prisoners are transformed – at least for a moment. The mad Don Quixote may think a windmill to be a giant and a tavern to be a castle, but along the way, he also sees a common “kitchen-scullion” as a radiant beauty, then defends her honor, proving that an older man’s belief can truly make him a knight. MAN OF LA MANCHA features the famous song, “The Impossible Dream” and this show is the perfect finale to “THE POSSIBLE DREAM, A Season of Courageous Change”.