NEW MILFORD — On Dec. 7, TheatreWorks New Milford will open the classic musical “Man of La Mancha,” by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh. “Man of La Mancha” is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ tale, “Don Quixote.”

We encounter historical author Miguel de Cervantes in prison, awaiting trial by the Inquisition. When his fellow prisoners try to take Cervantes’ belongings from him, including his manuscript, Cervantes proposes a trial in which he proves the merit of the manuscript through a reenactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters in his play. Together, they tell the story of the aged Alonso Quijana who believes himself to be a knight errant, names himself Don Quixote, and pursues an obsessive quest to attain an impossible dream.

This production is under the direction of Francis A. Daley of Danbury, the musical director is Morgan Kelsey of Bethel, and the choreographer is Sandra Hernandez of New Milford. The scenic design is by Leif Smith and lighting design by Peter Petrino. The cast includes Fred Rueck, John Ponzini, Elizeth Brito, Roger Grace, Viv Berger, Morgana Watson, Peter Philip, Rob Pawlikowski, Marsha Prophet, Erin Walsh, Richard Chad Frey, Alex Vournazos, Nick Raines,and Lindsey Partelow.

“Man of La Mancha” runs Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 7, through Jan. 5. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on two Sunday matinees on Dec. 23 and 30. Tickets are $30 for reserved seating. Students and military personnel and veterans with ID will be admitted for $25.

Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. is TheatreWorks’ Pay-What-You-Want night where you name the price of your ticket. Doors open at 7 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling the box office at 860-350-6863.

TheatreWorks is a non-Equity theatre company located at 5 Brookside Ave., just off Route 202 (next to the CVS), in New Milford.