PHOTO CALL: Jack E. Curenton and Jessica Norland Star in New Man of La Mancha National Tour
By Krissie Fullerton
09 Jan 2014
The national tour of Man of La Mancha, the Tony-Award winning musical about Don Quixote featuring Jack E. Curenton in the title role, began performances Jan. 4 in Idaho Falls, ID.
Directed by Jeffrey B. Moss (Before The Dream, Mermaids), the cast is made up of Jack E. Curenton (Man of La Mancha, Oliver!) as Don Quixote, Jessica Norland (Gypsy, West Side Story) as Aldonza and Rick Grossman (Awake & Sing, Damn Yankees) as Sancho, along with Jebbel Arce, Felipe Bombonato, Chuck Caruso, Rachel Felstein, Todd Fenstermaker, Alison Gleason, Tucker Hammock, Chuck Hodges, Ivan Hoffman, Arthur Lazalde, Gabriel Rodrigues, Andrew Serkes, Grant Snuffer, Eugene Steficek and Yvonne Strumecki.
"Enter the mind and the world of Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream: Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure, has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Inquisition for an offense against the Church," press notes state. "But first he must face a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners: thieves, cutthroats and trollops who propose to steal his meager possessions, including the unfinished manuscript of a novel called 'Don Quixote.' Cervantes, seeking to save it, proposes a form of an entertainment. The 'court' agrees and before their eyes, Cervantes and his faithful manservant transform themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. They proceed to play out the story with the participation of the prisoners as other characters, Quixote and Sancho taking to the road, to restore the age of chivalry, to battle evil, and right all wrongs."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.