Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha is based on Miguel de Cervantes novel Don Quixote that takes place during the Spanish Inquisition. In this play-within-a-play, we see Cervantes as a prisoner awaiting trial during the Inquisition. When the other prisoners try to take his manuscript, he attempts to prove the work’s merit through re-enactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters. Together, they tell the story of Alonso Quijana, who believes himself to be the knight errant Don Quixote. Quixote, along with his “squire” Sancho Panza, set out on a journey of chivalry. Through the story, all the prisoners, at least for a moment, are changed into something more. The mad Don Quixote transforms the world around him into something fantastic, turning windmills into giants and an old inn into a castle, but also changes a wretched woman into a beautiful lady and proves that the beliefs of one old man can make him a knight.