ASIDES: The Impossible Musical

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By Drew Lichtenberg One of the first things to know about Man of La Mancha, perhaps the most popular adaptation of Don Quixote, is that it isn’t an adaptation at all. During a 1959 trip to Madrid, Dale Wasserman read the book (or parts of it, it isn’t entirely clear) and came away convinced that this book, considered the greatest novel of all time, this “monument to human wit and folly could not, and should not, be dramatized.” Wasserman was …

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ASIDES: A Cast of Characters

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Alan Paul, Director of Man of La Mancha and STC Associate Artistic Director, sits down with cast members Anthony Warlow (Don Quixote), Amber Iman (Aldonza), and Nehal Joshi (Sancho) to discuss how they came to be a part of the production and what they have discovered along the way. And visit YouTube.com/ShakespeareTheatreCo to see more in-depth excerpts from this interview.  ARRIVAL Alan Paul: What drew each of you to this production? Anthony Warlow: People often ask me what my favorite musicals …

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ASIDES: Bienvenidos a la produccion de El hombre de La Mancha

The opening line of Don Quixote is as resonant in Latino cultures as Dickens, Twain, or Austen might be in English literature. In recognition of Cervantes’ legacy, we at STC want to extend our content to the Spanish speaking community. We asked Jessica Peña Torres, STC Sales Associate and ASIDES Editorial Intern, to translate Artistic Director Michael Kahn’s Welcome letter for our Man of La Mancha ASIDES publication distributated in the theatres. Look for more article translations and special contributions from Jessica in the coming weeks. …

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Teen Critics: The Metromaniacs

The Teen Critic Program at Shakespeare Theatre Company allows high school students interested in theatre, journalism and/or critical writing the opportunity to learn how to view productions with a critical eye and write a savvy, persuasive theatre review. The Teen Critics attend each production, receive a press packet, preferred press seating and have the opportunity to meet with professional theatre critics from local newspapers before writing their own reviews.  Here are some excerpts from their reviews of The Metromaniacs. Roxy Fisher, 10th grade, homeschool …

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Poets Are Present: Virtual Poet-in-Residence Courtney Sexton

As we go into the final weekend of The Metromaniacs and  the Poets Are Present poetry residency, we have asked one more poet to be “virtually” present. In this final poet interview, Courtney Sexton, who co-founded the reading series The Inner Loop, shares her thoughts on collaboration, what words should be present and the D.C. poetry scene (we completely agree, by the way). Courtney Sexton is a native of New Jersey where she grew up between the Delaware River and the sandy Pine Barrens. …

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ASIDES: The Journey Errant

FACES & VOICES To Dream and Keep Dreaming:A Journey to The Journey Errant  By Hannah Hessel Ratner Since its first publication Don Quixote has inspired readers to dream of their own quests. It’s no surprise that the word “quixotic” has entered the popular lexicon as an idealistic striving towards a potentially unrealistic and impractical goal. Throughout the centuries many have seen elements of their own life in this man who gives his all despite the odds against him. The story and dreams have been passed down through multiple editions, …

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Prosecast: Man of La Mancha

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The latest Prosecast takes you inside the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Man of La Mancha.  The discussion explores the musical’s history, the difficulties of adapting Don Quixote and setting a play inside a prison.  Featuring actor Nehal Joshi.    Recorded at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by: Hannah Hessel Ratner, Audience Enrichment Manager Drew Lichtenberg, Literary Associate Nehal Joshi, Sancho Sound engineering and editing by Roc Lee. Read a transcript of this episode.    

Poets Are Present: Virtual Poet-in-Residence Simone Feigenbaum

Now that The Metromaniacs is extended we are eager to continue our virtual Poets Are Present poetry residency as well. This time around, we asked American University MFA candidate Simone-Marie Feigenbaum our poetry questions and to write us a poem. She told us we were the first to do that–seeing what she came up with, we don’t think we’ll be the last! Simone-Marie Feigenbaum is a second year MFA student at American University, and is currently living in Silver Spring. She is originally from Brooklyn, which …

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Poets Are Present: Kim Peter Kovac

Poets are Present is a poetry residency in conjunction with David Ives’s adaptation of The Metromaniacs. As part of this unique theatre/poetry exchange, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is proud to host more than 30 D.C.-area poets in the theatre’s lobby. Throughout the run, we will share with you the poems that this residency inspired our guests to write. Visit our Poets are Present page to see a list of upcoming poets. Kim Peter Kovac is Producing Director of Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences …

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Poets Are Present: Sarah Ann Winn

Poets are Present is a poetry residency in conjunction with David Ives’s adaptation of The Metromaniacs. As part of this unique theatre/poetry exchange, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is proud to host more than 30 D.C.-area poets in the theatre’s lobby. Throughout the run, we will share with you the poems that this residency inspired our guests to write. Visit our Poets are Present page to see a list of upcoming poets. Sarah Ann Winn lives in Fairfax Virginia. Her poems have appeared or will …

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