The Impossible Dream

After a seven-year hiatus, UCI Drama returned in November with a resounding welcome to the Irvine Barclay Theatre in a staging of “Man of La Mancha.” The musical, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, premiered on Broadway the same year UCI was founded, 1965. Students Sam Arnold (above left) and Jacob Ben-Shmuel (above right) played the roles of Don Quixote and his faithful manservant, Sancho Panza. Directed by senior lecturer Don Hill with musical direction by senior lecturer Dennis Castellano, “Man of La Mancha” marked the first of two UCI Drama productions for the season at the Barclay; on May 27 and 28, for three performances, the department will present a concert staging of “Evita.” UCI Drama’s 2015-16 season focus, “Care/Cure/Corruption,” explores various themes of somatic and mental illness, as well as the institutional disease endemic to certain factions of industry, community and the body politic.

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