Man of la Mancha
Produced by Emerson Stage
Directed by Stephen Terrell
Set Design by Megan F. Kinneen
Costume Design by Arthur Oliver
Lighting Design by Chris Bocchiaro & Samantha Ross
Man of la Mancha is the musical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic, Don Quixote. The show physically takes place in a dungeon of the Spanish Inquisition, though with storytelling, we are taken on a journey of the adventures of a knight errant and his faithful squire.
In this design, height is used to convey the depth of oppression faced by the inmates. The dungeon is an inescapable pit, and there is one way out. The rounded steps mimic Greek amphitheatre seating. As the inmates leave the nests they’ve made there, they transform from audience to actors in Quixote’s quest.