Man of La ManchaReturn

Playwright Dale Wasserman Composer Mitch Leigh Lyricist Joe Darian Source Author Miguel de Cervantes Source Title Don Quixote Producer Custom Made Theatre Co.  [Website] Description This beloved musical adaptation of Miguel Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Born in the political theatre movement of the 1960’s, “La Mancha” is a play-within-a-play where Cervantes, imprisoned by The Inquisition, faces trial by his fellow prisoners. In his defense, he engages his prosecutors in weaving the tale of his errant knight, Don Quixote de La Mancha, determined to bring back the age of chivalry to a darkening world.

With timeless songs like “The Impossible Dream” and “Dulcinea”, Custom Made puts its unique spin on this dark musical, featuring on-stage actor-musicians, and starring TBA Award-winner Edward Hightower (seen as Booth in Custom Made’s “Assassins” and the Storyteller in “Cotton Patch Gospel”) as Cervantes/Quixote.

Custom Made’s La Mancha takes advantage of their intimate stage to bring a modern, essential musical to Union Square. Stripping the score down to its essence, and with all the music played live with actor/musicians and led by James Grady (Next to Normal) on Spanish Guitar, this production takes the show back to its downtown roots, reminding us why Cervantes’ tale is beloved all over the world.

Directing is Artistic Director Brian Katz, who also envisioned Custom Made’s stagings of “Chess” (winner, Best Overall Production, Bay Area Critics Circle), “Next to Normal”, and most recently Kurt Vonnegut’s’ “Mother Night.” Katz says he feels this is the perfect time to visit the wastelands of La Mancha, as we need to believe, in our current political climate, that hope can be found in the most quixotic of causes. He notes, “There are other titles that might seem more hit over the head about the troubling times we live in, and why everything is beyond repair, but I felt we needed a glimmer of light to remind us why we fight.”

“Cervantes’ tale is ageless because there are is always oppression, there is always evil, and we often are exhausted from the battle. I know I’m feeling that way right now. But ‘Man of La Mancha’ says that, without that hope, we really are lost. I want people to come away from this show refreshed, and ready to fight for what they believe in, whatever that may be.”

“Man of La Mancha” runs January 11 – February 17, 2018 at Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street in San Francisco.

Anthony Aranda …… Governor/Percussion
Kimberley Cohan ……Ensemble/Flute
James Grady …… Spanish Guitar
Edward Hightower* …… Cervantes/Quixote
Paul Hogarth …… Ensemble/Melodica
Emily Jeanes …… Ensemble/Viola
Dave Leon …… Sancho/Euphonium
Jenny Matteucci …… Ensmeble/Maria
Emma Onasch …… Ensemble/Antonia
Jack O’Reilly …… Ensemble/Padre
Rachael Richman …… Aldozna
Shelby Stewart ……Ensemble/Barber
Mauricio Suarez …… Ensemble/Duke
*member, Actors’ Equity Association

Creative staff:
Brian Katz – Director
Mark Dietrich – Musical Director
Brian Allan Hobbs – Arrangements
Leah S. Abrams – Associate Director
Daniel Bilodeau – Scenic Design
Lindsey Eifert- Costume Design
Maxx Kurzunski – Lighting Design
Tom O’Brien – Props Design
James Goode – Sound Design
Nikki Meñez – Movement
Kyle McReddie – Fight Choreography
Kalon Thibodeaux – Stage Manager
Genevieve Pabon – Asst Stage Manager

Show Times and Tickets
Previews: January 11, 12, 13, 8:00 pm
Press Opening: Sunday, January 14 at 7:00 pm
Runs: January 11 – February 17, 2018. Wednesdays 7:30 pm; Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm, Saturday matinees Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17 – 2:00pm

Tickets: $30-49

Learn more & buy tickets at (415) 798-CMTC (2682)

For Calendar Editors

Man of La Mancha. Tony Award winning adaptation of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” One of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Cervantes is determined to bring back the age of chivalry to a darkening world. Directed by Brian Katz. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Previews January 11, 12, 13, 8:00 pm; Press Opening Jan. 14, 7:00 pm; runs through Feb.17. Wednesdays 7:30 pm; Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm, Saturday matinees Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17 – 2:00pm. Tickets: $30-49. (415) 798-2682,

Custom Made Theatre Co. 2017/18 season continues with…

March 8- March 31, 2018. Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies by Tearrance Chisholm.Regional Premiere. A Producing Partnership with Playwrights Foundation.

About Custom Made Theatre Co.

The Custom Made Theatre Co., in its 19th season of production in San Francisco, is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience.

Custom Made is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), National New Play Network (Associate member, NNPN) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA). Recipient of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for making a lasting contribution to Bay Area theatre.

Media Contact: Gary Carr, Rising Moon Marketing & Public Relations, (925) 672-8717,
Running Time 2:00 Performers Edward Hightower   [Cervantes/Quixote]
Rachael Richman   [Aldonza]
Dave Leon   [Sancho Panza]
Creative Staff Brian Katz   [Director]
Mark Dietrich   [Music Director]
Nicole Menez   [Choreographer]
Daniel Bilodeau   [Scenic Designer]
Lindsey Eifert   [Costume Designer]
Maxx Kurzunski   [Lighting Designer]
James Goode   [Sound Designer]
Brian Hobbs   [Orchestrations]
Kyle McReddie   [Fight Choreographer]
Tom O'Brien   [Properties Designer]

Custom Made Theatre

533 Sutter, San Francisco, CA 94102   Box Office:  (415) 798-2682


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