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Brooklyn, NY Actor Randolph Curtis Rand Will Star as Cervantes/Quixote in the Musical “Man of La Mancha”

andolph Curtis Rand (left) and David Henderson will star as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in "Man of La Mancha" at Burning Coal Theatre (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

andolph Curtis Rand (left) and David Henderson will star as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in "Man of La Mancha" at Burning Coal Theatre (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Brooklyn, NY actor and director Randolph Curtis Rand and Wake Forest, NC actress and chanteuse Yolanda W. Rabun will star as Cervantes/Quixote and Aldonza/Dulcinea, opposite Raleigh actor and director David Henderson as Sancho Panza, in the stellar Burning Coal Theatre Company presentation of the award-winning 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, with music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and a book by Dale Wasserman, based on the classic 1605 picaresque novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Spanish novelist, playwright, and poet Don Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (1547-1616).

Man of La Mancha opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight and runs Feb. 2-5, 9-12, and 16-19: in Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, adjacent to the Historic Oakwood Section of downtown Raleigh.

According to Burning Coal Theatre Company:

About Man of La Mancha

“Drawn from the Spanish novelist Cervantes’ great book Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is a musical retelling of the story of a troubled man, Alonso Quixana (Randolph Curtis Rand), who believes he is in fact a knight named Don Quixote. He enlists a simple man to support his ‘quest,’ Sancho Panza (David Henderson), and sets off to right the ills that he perceives in the world. On his travels, he meets the strumpet Aldonza (Yolanda W. Rabun), who he imagines to be the lady Dulcinea.

“In the musical retelling of this tale, playwright Dale Wasserman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), along with lyricist Joe Darion and composer Mitch Leigh imagined that the writer himself, Miguel de Cervantes, has been imprisoned for crimes against the church and state. Cast into a prison amidst a bunch of low-life criminals, Cervantes finds that he was create a beautiful story in order to convince them that he, as an artist, deserves to live. He spins the story of the ‘madman,’ Alonso Quixana and his fictional persona, Don Quixote.”

Yolanda W. Rabun (left) as Aldonza/Dulcinea and Randolph Curtis Rand Cervantes/Quixote star in "Man of La Mancha" at Burning Coal Theatre (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Yolanda W. Rabun (left) as Aldonza/Dulcinea and Randolph Curtis Rand Cervantes/Quixote star in "Man of La Mancha" at Burning Coal Theatre (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

About the Director

“Tea Alagić is originally from Bosnia. Recent work includes: Lidless by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Soho Rep (New York City), Waking Up by Cori Thomas (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC) [and] Anonymous by Naomi Iizuka (Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque); The Marriage of Maria Braun by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (ZKM, Croatia); Binibon by Jack Womack and Elliot Sharp (The Kitchen, NYC); Events with Life’s Leftovers by Alberto Villarreal Diaz (Dramafest, Mexico City); and Aliens With Extraordinary Skills by Saviana Stanescu (Women’s Project, NYC).

“She directed the world premiere of The Brothers Size by Tarell McCraney at The Public Theater, NYC and later productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, and The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Her original devised work includes The Filament Cycle, which [was] performed at La Mama ETC, NYC, the 4+4 Festival in Prague, BAC London, Philadelphia, Colorado, and Potsdam; and Zero Hour, about the Balkan War….

“She was associate artistic director of the Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts in New Haven, where she directed Woyzek by George Buchner, Self–Accusation by Peter Handke, Preparadise Sorry Now by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Baal by Bertolt Brecht and Zero Hour.

Alagić holds a BFA in acting from The Charles University in Prague and an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.

About the Cast and Crew

“Raleigh’s Scott McKenzie will serve as musical director. Debra Gillingham of Wilmington will provide choreography, and Chapel Hill’s Christine Zagrobelny will provide fight choreography. The assistant director is Nathan Adam Sullivan and the production dramaturg is Eric Kildow.

“Randolph Curtis Rand of Brooklyn, NY [(The Seafarer (actor), To Kill A Mockingbird (director)] will play Quixana/Quixote. Aldonza/Dulcinea will be played by Yolanda Rabun of [Wake Forest] (Crowns, Gee’s Bend). Sancho Panza will be played by Raleigh’s David Henderson (Rat in the Skull, Inherit the Wind).

“The cast also includes Jeff Aguiar of Greensboro; Raleigh’s James Anderson, Jeff Cheek, Fred Corlett, Ian Finley, Ashley Lorenz, Morgan Parpan, and Jeff Vizcaino; Durham’s Jade Arnold; and Wilmington’s Debra Gillingham. The understudy is Edward H. Cooke of Raleigh.

“The scenery design is by Drew Boyce and the lighting by Joyce Liao, both of New York, NY. Costumes are by Raleigh’s Jordan Jaked, and properties by Joncie Sarratt, also of Raleigh. Sound design will be by Michael Betts, II of Raleigh. The technical director is Marcus Morphew of Raleigh, and the stage manager is Adam Budlong of Cary.

SECOND OPINION: Jan. 20th preview of Lobby Lecture series by BWW News Desk:

Burning Coal Theatre Company presents MAN OF LA MANCHA at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-4, 2 p.m. Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-11, 2 p.m. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-18, and 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27604.

TICKETS: $20 ($15 students, seniors 65+, and active-duty military personnel), except Feb. 5th pay-what-you-can day, $10 Thursdays, and $5 Student Rush Tickets (sold at the door, 5 minutes before curtain, to students with valid ID).

BOX OFFICE: 919-834-4001 or

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-834-4001.



STUDY GUIDE: (Utah Shakespeare Festival).




NOTE 1: At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4th, Raleigh author and clinical psychologist Lucy Daniels ( will speak on “The Pros and Cons of Misfortune — Using Them to the Hilt,” as part of Burning Coal’s Lobby Lecture series. Admission is FREE for holders of Man of La Mancha tickets to any performance and $5 for all others. For details, click

NOTE 2: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh ( will audio describe the 2 p.m. Feb. 5th performance.


The Musical: (Wikipedia).

The Script: (Google Books).

The Director: (official website).

Randolph Curtis Rand: (official website).

Yolanda W. Rabun: (official website).

David Henderson: (Facebook page).

Don Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra: (Wikipedia).


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