August 27 - September 19

Man of La Mancha

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Presenting Sponsor: Bob and Dianna Duffy

Live Music Sponsor: by Orlando Health

 

Written by Dale Wasserman | Music by Mitch Leigh | Lyrics by Joe Darion

Like beauty my friend, ‘tis all in the eyes of the beholder. Man of La Mancha is a story of hope and dignity set against a backdrop of despair and isolation. The fences fall away as playwright Miguel de Cervantes transforms into the legendary hero Don Quixote in order to save his life’s work by lifting and humanizing his fellow detainees through the art of storytelling. This bold reimagining of Don Quixote’s quest — a glorious affirmation of the resilience of the human spirit — dares everyone to dream “The Impossible Dream” and search for the good in each one of us.

Content Transparency: This production contains mature themes and scenes of theatrical abuse that some patrons may find distressing. Guests are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer to make informed decisions before purchasing tickets.


This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.

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CAST

Miguel Cervantes / Don Quixote: Miguel Salas
Aldonza: Annabell Mizrahi
Sancho: Radamés Medina Meléndez
Anselmo / Guitarist: Kyle Adkins
Jose: Carlos Diaz
The Innkeeper: Mark Ferrera
The Housekeeper / Maria: Cherry Gonzalez
Tenorio / The Barber: Marquise Hillman
Antonia / Fermina: Olga Intriago
Paco: Kadesh Lewis
Padre: Omar Mulero
Duke/Dr. Carrasco / Pedro: Josh Oliveras
The Captain: Janine Papin
A Guard / Guitarist: Miles Randolph
Juan: Anthony Trujillo
Male Swing: Nicholas Querino

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Joseph C. Walsh
Associate Director/Choreographer: Joshian Morales
Music Director: Bert Rodriguez
Apprentice Director: Stuart Sheffield
Lighting and Scenic Designer: Bert Scott
Costume Designer: Raymond Veliz
Sound Designer: Anthony Narciso
Stage Manager: Stephanie Elliott
Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Wells

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Audience Reviews

“We have been to many plays at the Garden Theatre and Man of La Mancha is the BEST production ever!! The cast was superb! Their voices were perfect and their acting excellent!! I wish we could afford to see it every night!! I have seen Broadway shows that were not this good!! This is why we keep coming back to the Garden Theatre!! Bravo!!”

Man of La Mancha was another phenomenal performance at the Garden Theatre. The singing and performance was amazing as usual. Thank you.”

Outstanding performance and voices by performers. Excellent production as always. Great staging and lighting. Best little theater in Florida by far!!!!”

Heart and soul were present in this performance. Congratulations to the artists. Beautiful way to show what we are capable of achieving if we believe we can do things better.”

“It was still another example of the very best way to utilize space and talent and be absolutely certain that the audience would fall in love with it all. Then, there are the voices and the music… such beautiful sounds…. still thinking about it.”

 

Critic Reviews

“At the Garden, director Joseph C. Walsh has emphasized reality by substituting a modern-day detention cell for the musical’s traditional medieval Inquisition dungeon. It’s a bold move that pays off handsomely. Suddenly, a 56-year-old musical demands attention in a new way while still packing an emotional wallop that hits even closer to home.” – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

Man of La Mancha is a show that puts an actor on trial for speaking truth to power. The inmates pantomime court as a form of contemplation of their own systemic victimhood. Having been denied justice, they try desperately to create some of their own. Their mock trial grapples with questions of identity, judgment, discouragement, and societal shame. Ultimately, it is art that changes hearts and minds. Those themes make MAN OF LA MANCHA ripe for our time, and director Joseph C. Walsh and his creative team have found a way to make that relevance searing and apparent. It’s nice to see regional theatre embrace such rich and demanding material. And given that the Garden’s new season is all about identity, they couldn’t have picked a better opening act.”  – Aaron Wallace, BroadwayWorld

ASL-Interpreted

ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Garden Theatre will present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email BoxOffice@gardentheatre.org.