ASIDES: El Hombre de La Mancha

(To read the original English version, click here.)  Las fases de Don Quijote De Edward Friedman. Traducción de Jessica Peña. Revisiones por Sara Mercedes Medina González. El Hombre de La Mancha es un tributo de Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion y Mitch Leigh al Don Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes. El musical es más que un intento de recrear la novela; es una lectura de ésta, por lo cual no se pierde el espíritu ni el tono de la obra original. El …

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ASIDES: Men of La Mancha

(Para leer en Español, haga click aquí.) Stages of Don Quixote By Edward Friedman Man of La Mancha is a tribute by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh to Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The musical is an adaptation, more of a “reading” than an attempted recreation of the novel, but it captures the spirit and much of the tone of the original. The creators of Man of La Mancha understand essential elements of Don Quixote, Don Quixote, and most importantly perhaps, Cervantes. They realize that the author knew how to bring …

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En un lugar de La Mancha

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 share her thoughts on Man of La Mancha, in her native language. (Click here for a translation) Por Jessica L. Peña Torres. Revisiones por Sara Mercedes Medina González. “En un lugar de La Mancha de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme…” ¿Quién no se sabe la primera línea de la novela del Quijote? Si …

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“Somewhere in La Mancha”

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 share her thoughts on Man of La Mancha, in her native language. (Click here for the Spanish version) By Jessica L. Peña Torres. Revisions by Sara Mercedes Medina González. “Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember…” Who doesn’t know the opening line of the Quixote …

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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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