Man of La Mancha


Book by Dale Wasserman
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Music by Mitch Leigh

May, 2018

 “This is my quest — To follow that star No matter how hopeless No matter how far.”

At Durango Arts Center, May 2018

“The staging, the production, the postures and attitudes of the cast in the background, foreground, and in the proscenium was nothing short of Broadway beautiful.  I am still trying to catch my breath. John, Mandy, and Jason, you were spot on, so moving that even my desk thesaurus was unable to provide words worthy of what you have done. . . .I have seen it on Broadway when it was first staged, with renowned voices singing the parts and none were better. CONGRATULATIONS to each and everyone and that includes costuming, makeup and choreography. Thank you for the privilege and honor.“ – Stew Mosberg

(A) spirit of adventure permeates Merely Players’ production of Man of La Mancha, playing through this weekend at Durango Arts Center. Directed by Mona Wood-Patterson, the musical interpretation of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is a bold, colorful and gutsy production. Most important, it’s clear. Credit Wood-Patterson and her creative on-and-off-stage teams for taking a deeply layered and complex work and bringing it vividly to life.” – Judith Reynolds,The Durango Herald

A sampling of comments from our audiences:

“You know it was a fabulous show when your hands are still clapping and your eyes are burning with tears as you leave!”

“What an awesome production! I feel so blessed to live in a town with such amazing talent.”

“Marvelous! Astonishing! Powerful! And that’s just my praise of the set! The cast was superb and so lively. Laughter, tears: I rode the emotional roller coaster!”

“Stunning. Absolutely breathtaking in every detail.”

“Thank you Thank you Thank you. What a gift to this community.”

Jason Lythgoe as Don Quixote, John Garza as Sancho, and Mandy Gardner as Aldonza

Photography by Kara Cavalca

Article in the Durango Telegraph

Preview in the Durango Herald

Review in the Durango Herald

Merely Players

49 Wedgewood Circle

Durango, CO  81301