Man of La Mancha
Oct 7 – Oct 30, 2016
Book by Dale Wasserman
Man of La Mancha
Plan Your Visit
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
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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 Cast (click for bios):
RUFUS BONDS, JR.
RUFUS BONDS, JR.
Bonds is an actor, director and writer who recently performed in London as Porgy in Porgy And Bess at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater. Carnegie Hall welcomed Mr. Bonds as the Baritone- Soloist for Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music. Broadway: Rent, Once On This Island and Parade (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Supporting Actor). National tours: The Color Purple (Mister), Lion King (Mufasa), Miss Saigon (John). Directing projects: Tarzan: The Musical, The Wiz, Into The Woods and The Wizard of Oz. Mr. Bonds is an Eugene O’Neill Semi-finalist for his play The Sisters of Rosewall High. “Faith.”
Payton is excited to be back at The 5th. DC Area: Jelly's Last Jam, La Cage aux Folles, Diner, Elmer Gantry, Crossing, Defying Gravity: Making of a SuperNOVA, Dreamgirls, The Best Little Whorehouse…, Xanadu, Hairspray (Signature Theatre); A Year with Frog and Toad (Imagination Stage); Freedom’s Song (Ford’s Theatre); Godspell (Olney Theatre Center); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Washington Savoyards); Happy Elf (Adventure Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (Shakespeare Theatre). Regional: A Night With Janis Joplin (The 5th); Dreamgirls (Milwaukee Rep); Dreamgirls (Prince Music Theatre). National Tour: 3 Mo’ Divas (PBS Special), Smokey Joe’s Café. simply-nova.com.
DON DARRYL RIVERA
DON DARRYL RIVERA
Rivera is beyond thrilled to be back in his hometown! Rivera currently stars as the dastardly Iago in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Regional: The 5th Avenue, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Taproot Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Chicago Children’s Theatre. Rivera is a Gregory Award winner. Special thanks to Disney and The 5th Ave! Love to his wife Kate, daughter Eloise and pup Baxter. @dondarrylrivera
Ankrim couldn’t be more inspired by a cast, team, story or theater than he is by this production’s magical combination! 5th Avenue credits include: How to Succeed… (Gregory nomination), Jacques Brel… (Gregory nomination), Carousel, First Date (Gregory nomination), Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show, Miss Saigon. Broadway: First Date. Endless love to Michele, Elliot, Grayson, Finley and Olivia.
Regional: Carousel (5th Avenue), Violet (ArtsWest), Passing Strange (ACT/Sidecountry), Once on This Island (Village), Nell (Ain’t Misbehavin’), Sarah (Ragtime), Porgy and Bess (Seattle Opera), Tin Pan Lady (Key City Theatre), Show Boat (Village). Film/TV: The Details, Freedom Riders, Seattle’s Stars. Buchanan is a graduate of Boston University and Fisk University.
DeSantis has been seen on this hallowed stage in Sunday in the Park... (Franz), ELF (Mr. Greenway), Cinderella, and The Music Man. Other favorite roles: Les Misérables (Thenardier), No Way to Treat A Lady (Kit Gill), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumière) and I Am My Own Wife. Love to Tillamook, Spanks, Kindy and the kids.
LAUREN DU PREE
LAUREN DU PREE
Du Pree is excited to be back at The 5th! She was most recently in My Heart Is The Drum (Kanika) at Village Theatre. 5th Ave: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Regional: Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Village Theatre. TV: Biz Kid$. justdupree.com
Over forty appearances on Seattle stages include 22 productions at The 5th Avenue (including Sweeney in Sweeney Todd and Biggley in How to Succeed). Ten Broadway shows including Les Misérables, 42nd Street, Driving Miss Daisy, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Passion, Memphis, Sweet Smell of Success, Damn Yankees. Artistic Director, Icicle Creek New Play Festival. allenfitzpatrick.weebly.com
JOSE J. GONZALES
JOSE J. GONZALES
This is Gonzales’ debut at The 5th. A professional jazz pianist and singer, Gonzales has been involved in the theater scene in Seattle since 1989. Credits: In the Heights, The Gypsy King, In the Penal Colony, A Streetcar Named Desire, Nine. Gonzales champions love, compassion and peace.
Select 5th Ave: Carousel, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls. Broadway: Disney's Aladdin (OBC). Select Regional: A View From the Bridge (Seattle Rep); Assassins, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ramayana, First Date (ACT Theatre); Miss Saigon (Casa Manana); Joseph… (North Shore Music Theatre); Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret (Ordway Center). His voice can be heard nightly on Broadway, in London, and Australia as The Voice of the Cave of Wonders. www.brandon-oneill.com.
5th Avenue credits include: Titanic – The Musical, Company, The Sound of Music, A Little Night Music and 1776. As an actor, Quicksall has also appeared at Seattle Repertory, Intiman, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theater, Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Seagull Project.
SKIZZO ARNEDILLO ARTEAGA
JADE SOLOMON CURTIS
SARAH ROSE DAVIS
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.