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Ohio University School Theater presents 'Man of La Mancha'

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2005) -- The Ohio University School of Theater is proud to announce the third production of its 2005-06 season; "Man of La Mancha."

The story of "Man of La Mancha" surrounds the creator of the heroic Don Quixote – Don Miguel de Cervantes. In this musical tale, you follow Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho on their adventures throughout the land of La Mancha as they encounter windmills, enchanters, muleteers, gypsies, and in particular a woman called Aldonza. It is a musical about one man's struggle to better himself in the world in which he lives. This highly entertaining and moving musical will warm the heart of everyone whose spirit was ever raised by the prospect of a victory won by dreaming the impossible dream that tomorrow can be better than today.

Ohio University's School of Theater will present "Man of La Mancha," Nov. 13 through 17 at the Forum Theater in the Radio and Television Building. Regular admission for the production is $14 and $12 for students and seniors. For ticket information and reservations, call (740) 593-4800 or stop by the Fine Arts Ticket office on campus in Kantner Hall 103, Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.

"Man of La Mancha" is directed by School of Theater graduate directing student Michael Page. His prior Ohio University directing credits include "Small Craft Warnings," "The Trojan Women," "A Thousand Points of Light," and last fall's production of the musical "Hair." Outside of Ohio University, Michael has worked at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Monomoy Theater on Cape Cod, Central St. Martin Design School in London, Riverside Arts Center of Detroit, and at the McCarter Theater Center.

He has directed productions of "Much Ado about Nothing," "The Merchant of Venice," "The Cocktail Hour," "Vieux Carre," "A Bright Room Called Day" and the Michigan premier of Moises Kaufman's "The Laramie Project" which earned him a Detroit Area Critic's Circle Award for Best Director. Michael's future work will include collaboration with the Off-Broadway company The Civilians this winter and his thesis production of Peter Weiss' "Marat/Sade" here at Ohio University in the spring.

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Media Contact: School of Theater Assistant Director Maureen Wagner, (740) 593-9355

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