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Man of La Mancha
Oct 7 – Oct 30, 2016
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Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.
All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.
Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:
Theatre Coat Check phone: 206-625-1294
Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.
Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid.
Ticket Refunds & Exchanges
You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.
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Cameras & Recorders
The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.
Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.
Ask an Usher
If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.
Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha is set in the common room of a stone prison vault in Seville, Spain; it is the late sixteenth century. Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, has been arrested by the Inquisition and confined among thieves and murderers to await his trial. To recover his manuscript (which has been confiscated by the other prisoners), Cervantes and his manservant offer to enact the story of the mad knight.
The language is mild; a couple of “hells” are heard and one “bastard.” Aldonza yells at the muleteers, “Sons of whores!” when they steal a letter from her knight. Pedro later yells, “Back, whore!” at her when she tries to help Don Quixote in a fight.
The tavern maid, Aldonza, is seen being manhandled by the rough muleteers who patronize the inn; she pushes them away and reminds them that she needs payment in advance. She sings: “I do not like you or your brother / I do not like the life I live / But I am me, I am Aldonza, and what I give / I choose to give.” Finally, she accepts a bag of coins from Pedro. When Don Quixote addresses her as his lady, the muleteers mock her.
The muleteers singing “Little Bird” make some casual passes at Aldonza as she fills buckets with water for the horses; she pulls away from them.
A Moorish girl approaches Don Quixote performing a lascivious dance; although Sancho protests that she is “a trollop,” Don Quixote addresses her as “sweet maiden,” and when she places his hands on her breasts, asserts that “She wishes me to feel the beating of her heart.”
The muleteers are seen drinking ale in the inn.
In the opening scene, the prisoners leap on Cervantes and his manservant, knocking them to the ground and taking every possession they carry; the governor, the leader of the prisoners, intervenes.
Pedro slaps Aldonza and sends her spinning to the ground; Don Quixote is outraged, and, with Aldonza’s and Sancho’s help, he fights the muleteers.
After their defeat by Don Quixote, the angry muleteers attack Aldonza; in a stylized and choreographed scene, she is beaten and brutalized. She loses consciousness and is carried off. When she is seen again, her face is bruised, her hair matted, her clothing in tatters.