Man Of La Mancha
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Book by Dale Wasserman
Napa Valley College of Performing Arts
March 12- 28, 2010
Directed by Jennifer King
Scenic Design by Kim A. Tolman
Lighting Design by Scott Phillips
Costume Design by Jan Molen
Tax collector, soldier, author Miguel de Cervantes and his man, Sancho, are cast into the prison common room by the Spanish Inquisition because they foreclosed on a church in default with its taxes. The thieves and robbers in the prison are quick to descend upon the new arrivals and ravish their possessions.The prisoners agree and assist him in dramatising the fantasies of Cervantes' classic character, Don Quixote.
As the knight-errant he tilts at windmills and champions an unwilling harlot named Aldonza. To Quixote's "touched" mind she is the fair maiden Dulcinea, and through his kind words and attention she begins to believe in a better way of life. Together with Sancho they band together to rout the muleteers' attempt to torment Aldonza. For his valour Quixote persuades the lord of the castle (the innkeeper) to knight him. It is following this dubbing that the muleteers catch Aldonza alone and brutally assault her. Meanwhile, Quixote's family has sent the daughter's fiancé Dr. Carrasco, to bring Quixote back to his senses and his home. Posing as the Knight of Mirrors, Carrasco succeeds.Cervantes concedes everything but a carefully wrapped package of papers that he begs of the prisoners he should be allowed to win back by convincing them that it is of value only to himself.Reality is so inhumane that the old man is soon near death. Aldonza has found his home to beg forgiveness for her ingratitude. As Don Quixote, he has brought beauty and warmth to her life for the first time. The old man rallies to Quixote's idealism, but his frail body succumbs in his last moment of triumph. Moved by his story, the prisoners vote that the tale of Don Quixote shall live. They return the manuscript just as Cervantes is called before the Inquisition.