Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Photos: Talia Thiesfield, David Pittsinger, Brian Michael Hoffman in MAN OF LA MANCHA at Ivoryton Playhouse through Oct. 2

Talia Thiesfield, David Pittsinger and Brian Michael Hoffman. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

Talia Thiesfield, David Pittsinger and Brian Michael Hoffman. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

The Ivoryton Playhouse is currently presenting MAN OF LA MANCHA through October 2nd.

Set in a Spanish prison in the late 16th century, the age of the infamous Inquisition, the play would seem to have little to do with life in 21st century America. Yet the audience is engaged from the first moment the lights go up by this terrifying, haunting and yet uplifting story of life and death, art and artifice, madness and sanity. A welcome relief from the cynicism and madness of our own world, we gladly embrace the transformative power of make believe. As Quixote says – “When life itself seems lunatic – who knows where madness lies?”

One of the world’s most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, claim his lady love and dare to dream “The Impossible Dream”.

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of our time. This is a play-within-a-play – a poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. It’s All the Same, Dulcinea, I’m Only Thinking of Him, The Impossible Dream, I Really Like Him and Little Bird remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show.

 

Brian Binion, Talia Thiesfield and AJ Hunsucker. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

Brian Binion, Talia Thiesfield and AJ Hunsucker. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

David Pittsinger*, who performed at Ivoryton Playhouse last year to great critical acclaim as Emile de Becque in SOUTH PACIFIC, leads the production in a tour de force performance as Cervantes/Don Quixote. He is joined by Talia Thiesfield* as Aldonza, Brian Michael Hoffman* as Sancho Panza, Jimmy Van Treuren* as the Innkeeper, Amy Buckley as Antonia, Melissa McLean as the Housekeeper and Matthew Krob as the Padre. The motley crew of prisoners and muleteers include Brian Binion, Ryan Cavanaugh*, AJ Hunsucker, James Ludlum, Conor McGiffin and Stephen Mir.

Matthew Krob and David Pittsinger. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

Matthew Krob and David Pittsinger. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

The show is directed by David Edwards who is doing double duty by also appearing on stage as Carasco. Choreographed by Todd Underwood, the set is designed by Daniel Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Cipollina. Musical direction is by Paul Feyer.

David Pittsinger. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

David Pittsinger. Photo Credit: Anne Hudson

MAN OF LA MANCHA opened at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 7th and runs through October 2nd, 2016. Tickets are $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling The Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Chatting with Talia Thiesfield, Aldonza in The Ivoryton Playhouse’s Production of MAN OF LA MANCHA, September 7 – October 2 

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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