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Triad Stage’s artistic director, Preston Lane, fulfilled the quest of “The Impossible Dream” through his spectacular production of “Man of La Mancha.” Written by Dale Wasserman and first produced in 1965, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes who is cast into prison to await a hearing during the Spanish Inquisition. There, his belongings are stolen by other prisoners and he is forced to present a defense to have them returned. Desperate to regain his most valuable possession—an unfinished manuscript—Cervantes takes on the persona of Don Quixote and enacts his imaginary tales. It is then that the play within a play begins.
I attended the opening night of Triad Stage’s production of Dale Wasserman’s “Man of La Mancha,” and just as the play’s fearless “knight” Don Quixote encourages the audience to “dream the impossible dream,” Triad Stage’s production went above and beyond my expectations.
The Tony Award-winning musical “Man of La Mancha” dates to 1965 and was inspired by the novel “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes from the early 1600s. It may not be surprising, then, that Triad Stage’s artistic director, Preston Lane, felt the need to set his company’s production in a more contemporary situation.
The story is unforgettable, the music legendary. But if you think you know all there is to know about “Man of La Mancha,” the crew and cast at Triad Stage might just change your mind. The popular musical closes Triad Stage’s 2018-19 season and runs April 28-May 26.