Anna Lise Jenkins, Ben Prayz, Bruce Linser, Dale Wasserman, Ellie Pattison, Frank Francisco, Gaby Tortoledo, Joe Darion, Joey Swift, Johnbarry Green, Jonathan Eisele, Joshua Graham, Kravis Center, Man of La Mancha, Manny Zaldivar, Marcie Gorman, Mark Kirschenbaum, Matthew Korinko, Michael McKenzie, Milton Mendez, Mitch Leigh, Paul Reekie, Rebecca Diaz, Rinker Playhouse, Rio Peterson, Shanna Woods, The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
For Immediate Release
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June 13, 2019
WEST PALM BEACH, FL: MNM Theatre Company is pleased to announce that casting has been completed for their upcoming production of the award-winning musical Man of La Mancha, which will run from September 13 – September 29 in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
“We are absolutely thrilled with this cast, and this crew,” MNM’s Executive Producer/Artistic Director Marcie Gorman said recently. “We at MNM are committed to hiring locally – there is such a depth of talent and ability in South Florida – and our La Mancha actors, musicians, and entire creative team are proof of that.”
Bruce Linser, winner of the 2018 Carbonell Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his work on Woody Guthrie’s American Song, will direct Man of La Mancha:
“As an actor myself, I love working with actors during the audition and rehearsal process,” Linser says. “They’re so hungry to get inside these characters and this story, and it’s exciting to help them personalize their work, and to watch them come alive within it. I always look for an essence of the character within the actor at auditions, and I think this is going to be a particularly powerful retelling of this beautiful story with this particular cast of actors.”
Linser has cast Michael McKenzie* as Don Quixote, 2018 Carbonell Award-winner Anna Lise Jensen* as Aldonza, and Mark Kirschenbaum* as Sancho. (Brief biographies can be found below) Other cast members include Matthew Korinko, Johnbarry Green, Gaby Tortoledo, Ellie Pattison, Rebecca Diaz, Joey Swift, Manny Zaldivar, Jonathan Eisele, Frank Francisco, Joshua Graham, Milton Mendez, Shanna Woods, Rio Peterson, and Ben Prayz.
Paul Reekie will serve as Man of La Mancha’s Musical Director, and Christine Kellogg will choreograph the production.
Man of La Mancha will run from September 13 – September 29. The production will take place in the Raymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Rinker Playhouse. Tickets are $65 and will be on sale on June 21st. For tickets and information 561-832-7469; on line: www.kravis.org or mnmtheatre.org. For group rates and sales call 561-651-4438.
MNM Theatre Company attained not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2018. They are an award- winning theatre company based in the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Donations can be sent to MNM Theatre Company, 318 S. Lake Drive, Lantana, FL 3362. For more information, please visit mnmtheatre.org.
*Appearing through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Man of La Mancha
September 13 – 29
Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
For tickets: www.kravis.org / 561-832-7469
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
All performances at
The Rinker Playhouse at
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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Michael McKenzie (Cervantes/Don Quixote) lives in both NYC and Boynton Beach and has appeared locally in Sweeney Todd (Palm Beach Dramaworks), We Will Not Be Silent (Theatre Lab at FAU), Dangerous, Déjà Vu (Caldwell Theatre), and Dinner With Friends (Cuillo Centre). On Broadway he appeared in Waiting in the Wings, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Eastern Standard. His Off-Broadway credits include Kari Floren’s If Wishes Were Horses, A Late Supper, and Voices of Swords. Michael has toured nationally in Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, Orchards (John Houseman’s The Acting Company), and regionally (Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center, Pittsburgh Public, Pioneer Theatre, Triad Stage, Capital Rep, Arkansas Rep, and many others). Some of his television and film credits include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Younger, Blacklist, Law & Order, All My Children, and many episodes of Babylon 5.
Anna Lise Jensen (Aldonza) received a Silver Palm Award for her performance in MNM Theatre Company’s 2018 production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She received both a Silver Palm Award and a ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ Carbonell Award for her performance in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s The Bridges of Madison County. Anna Lise has also received Silver Palm Awards for her work as Reza in Once (Actors’ Playhouse) and Alison in Fun Home (Zoetic Stage). Other South Florida theatre credits include Indecent (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Finding Mona Lisa, (Actors’ Playhouse), Sunday in the Park With George, and Passion (Zoetic Stage). Next season she will appear in the Florida premiere of Villainous Company (Primal Forces) and as Mother in Ragtime (Slow Burn Theatre Company).
Mark Kirschenbaum (Manservant/Sancho) is making his MNM Theatre Company debut with Man of La Mancha. He has been seen all over the world as an actor, educator, and director. Some of Mark’s recent credits include Sam Posner in Crossing Delancey, Mal Beineke in Addams Family: The Musical, Peter in Company, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, and Man 1 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He had the opportunity to join the Brooklyn cast of Man of La Mancha in 2007, where his portrayal of the Padre received critical acclaim from the New York Times.