Man of La Mancha

Hendersonville Community Theatre • 229 S. Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792 • (828) 692-1082

Apr. 28-May 14


Co-Directors Jim Walker and Phillipe Coquet

Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure as playwright, poet and tax collector, has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Inquisition for an offense against the Church. There he is dragged before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners, who plan to confiscate his few possessions—including the uncompleted manuscript of a novel, Don Quixote.

Cervantes, seeking to save the manuscript, proposes his defense in the form of a play. The "court" agrees, and he and his manservant don make-up and costumes, becoming Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. They then play out the story with the prisoners taking the roles of other characters. The musical takes the audience on a journey of laughter, a few tears, and a wealth of wonderful, memorable songs.

Reprising roles from nearly 15 years ago, when they stepped on stage at The Barn, are two of Hendersonville’s most loved actors, Brent Schlueter as Don Quixote & Carol Duermit as Aldonza.