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"Man of La Mancha" opens April 13 in Oak Park


The Collective at Concordia University Chicago presents “Man of La Mancha,” the 1964 musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. The production, directed by Stephanie Stroud, will run April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

Based on “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes, “Man of La Mancha” is a comic tragedy musical of mankind’s struggle to better both himself and the world in which he lives. When Cervantes started writing, he intended a satirical burlesque of the then-fashionable novels of chivalry. Gradually, the author’s sympathies changed, and the novel developed into a deeper, broader and more compassionate account of the adventures of an eccentric idealist in a hostile, greedy and cynical world.

Director Stephanie Stroud is an assistant professor of theater at Concordia University Chicago and the artistic director of The Collective. Stroud has worked as a director and actor with Chicago companies including Lookingglass, Profiles, Victory Gardens, Pegasus Players, Mortar Theatre, Second City, Chicago Dramatists and Erasing the Distance. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Washington and an M.F.A. in Theatre from Penn State University.

The Opening Gala will take place April 13, immediately following the performance. General admission tickets to “Man of La Mancha” are $15, with discounts available for students, seniors and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at or by cash or check at the door before show time.