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The Impossible Dream...

Man of La Mancha

book by Dale Wasserman
lyrics by Joe Darion
music by Mitch Leigh
music direction by Mary Chun
stage direction by Elly Lichenstein
fight choreography by Richard Pallaziol
associate stage director James Pelican

$38/$40 at the door  General Admission
$35/$40 at the door  Seniors 62 and over
$30/$35 at the door  Under 30 & Military
$25/$30 at the door  Youth under 18

A mixture of romance, humour and tragedy, framed within a rich musical score featuring the timeless anthem “The Impossible Dream,” this epic musical was beloved on Broadway to the tune of four revivals and five Tony awards. Man of La Mancha follows the saga of Miguel de Cervantes, playwright, poet and tax collector, who finds himself imprisoned and awaiting trial by the Inquisition. When his fellow prisoners try to confiscate his few possessions, including the uncompleted manuscript of his most famous work, the novel Don Quixote, Cervantes defends his masterpiece by presenting it as a play. Transforming himself into the title character, and recruiting his fiercely loyal manservant along with other inmates to take on various roles, he plays out his sweeping story of a deluded would-be-knight who becomes obsessed by his idealistic belief that the wrongs of the world can be corrected.

Funding provided by Sponsors Circle Members Dr. David Noorthoek and Clyde & Kim Schultz additional support provided by Buffington Clay-Miller

Cast, in order of appearance

Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote

Daniel Cilli

His Servant/Sancho Panza

Michael van Why


Stephen Walsh

Duke/Dr. Carrasco/Knight of Mirrors

Anthony Martinez


David Yen


Sean O'Brien


Zane Walters


Jorge Covarrubias


Warren Theuret


Gene Wright


Daniela Innocenti-Beem


Madeleine Ashe


Sophia Ferar


Kim Anderman


Mary Gannon Graham


Kevin Gino


Ross Hagee

AndermanKim Anderman (Antonia)  is pleased to return to Cinnabar after appearing as The Second Lady in their production of The Magic Flute, Meg Page in Falstaff, Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, Harriet Moshier in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline and Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium. Other roles include: Cinderella (Into the Woods), Fiordiligi, Dorabella, and Despina (Così fan tutte), Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Drusilla (in both Purcell’s and Alburger’s settings of Dioclesian), Ismene (Antigone), and Eve/Sarah/Rachel (SATB). A frequent soloist, she has featured on the premiere recording of Janis Dunson Wilson’s Walking in the Light of Christ and has been the soprano soloist the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sing-Along Messiah since 2007.

Ashe copy Madeleine Ashe (Maria) has performed in San Diego and Los Angeles. Recent North Bay appearances include Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Main Stage West) Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Marie Dindon in La Cage aux Folles and Esther Franz in The Price (Cinnabar Theater).


Beem Daniela Innocenti-Beem (Aldonza/Dulcinea) is a multiple award winning favorite, performing in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Oddly enough this is her first show at Cinnabar and she couldn’t be more excited.  Favorite shows/roles include Into the Woods (The Witch-TBA award winner and-SFBATCC  nomination),  Gypsy-(Mama Rose-SFBATCC Nomination), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide-SFBATCC Nomination), Nunsense (Sister Robert Anne- SFBATCC  WINNER), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Mears-SOTA award winner) to name a few. She is an Associate Artist at Lucky Penny Productions in Napa and Co-creator and one half of “The Dynamic Duet” with her longtime friend and singing “sister”, Julie Johnson Ekoue-Totou playing to sold out houses all over the Bay Area for the last 7 years.

CilliOriginally from Florida, Daniel Cilli (Cervantes/Quixote) played Silvio in Cinnabar’s recent Pagliacci. He debuted with the San Francisco Opera in 2016 as Dancaïro in Carmen. Some favorite roles he has performed: Le Directeur in Les mamelles de Tirésias at Opera Parallèle, Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Baltimore Symphony, and Utah Festival’s Inspector Javert in Les Misérables. While a principal baritone 2006-2010 at Opera San José, Daniel Cilli performed fifteen leading roles. He has also performed with West Bay, Houston Grand, Livermore Valley, Des Moines Metro, Utah, Santa Barbara, Central City, & West Edge Opera companies; the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, and Seaside Music Theater.

CovarrubiasJorge Covarrubias (Tenor) is excited to return to Cinnabar to work with such talented cast and crew.  Previous credits include My Way: a tribute to Frank Sinatra, The Sound of Music, Funny Girl (Paul), Brigadoon (Angus), Scrooge (Bob Cratchet), Catch Me If You Can (Tailor). Two Gentlemen of Sonoma (Rodrigo/Zorro), Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, City of Angels (Sonny), Kismet, Little Mermaid, The Most Happy Fella, Sister Act (Monsignor O’Hara) and Evita.

FerarSophia Ferar (Fermina) is honored  to be a part of this production. Her first play was at Cinnabar Theater, so it holds a special space in her heart. Some of her favorite roles include Bet in Oliver, Lucinda in Into the Woods, Clarice in The Servant of Two Masters, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Philia in A Funny Thing. Sophia is working towards two degrees at SSU and being a mom, the best gift she was ever given.

Gannon Graham copyMary Gannon-Graham (The Housekeeper) has been performing in the theatre as an actor, singer, and teaching artist for over 45 years, here in Sonoma County, New York and Los Angeles, and has also appeared on film, T.V. and radio. This will mark Mary’s third production of, Man of La Mancha, her second with Cinnabar Theater (as Antonia in the first), where she also works as a Teaching Artist with the Young Rep Program. As she ages gracefully, so do her characters! Mary wishes to dedicate this and all of her performances to her beloved, who encouraged her always to believe in her dreams.

Gino Kevin Gino (The Padre) Recognized for his “strong, utterly determined” singing, Filipino-American tenor Kevin Gino performs widely in both solo and choral capacities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently studies with Cesar Ulloa, and he holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Being an alumnus of both the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center as well as the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with some of the best, including Sir Thomas Allen, Marilyn Horne, Anthony Dean Griffey, Patrick Summers, Dean Anthony, and Jeffrey Buchman. When Gino is not singing, he keeps busy designing and crafting new leather goods, learning a new recipe to enjoy, and window shopping on amazon and eBay.

HageeRoss Hagee (The Barber) first appeared with Cinnabar Theater in 1993 as The Horse/Muleteer in Man of La Mancha.  He most recently appeared as The Duke/Dr. Carrasco (MoLM) with North Bay Stage Co, where he was seen last season as KoKo in The Mikado. He was also featured in Spreckels’ productions of Titanic: The Musical, 1776, and as Lord Leonard Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher.

MartinezAnthony Martinez (Duke/Dr. Carrasco/Knight of Mirrors) is a veteran of the Bay Area theater scene, having been nominated for TBA, SFBATCC, ARTY, and SOTA awards for his work at theaters such as 42nd Street Moon, Spreckels Theater Company, 6th Street Playhouse, Lucky Penny Productions, Novato Theater Company, Cinnabar Theater, Actors Theater, Left Edge Theater, Golden State Theater, Sonoma Arts Live, TheaterNow, Sonoma County Repertory Theater, and many more. Anthony was last seen as Edward Rutledge in 1776 at Spreckels Theater Company. In addition to his numerous theater credits, Anthony has also been seen in many film and commercial productions.

O'BrienSean O’Brien (Anselmo) is very happy to be making his first performance at Cinnabar. He has appeared elsewhere in the area with the Mountain Play, Spreckels Theater Company, Theatre-at-Large, Novato Theater Company, and Sonoma Arts Live. Some of his favorite roles have been the Doctor in Next to Normal (TBA Award nomination), Mr. Andrews in Titanic, Scuttle the seagull in The Little Mermaid, the Baker in Into the Woods (BATCC Award nomination), and the Barbershop Quartet in The Music Man.

TheuretWarren Theuret (Juan) joined Cinnabar Theater in 2013 for its production of Carmen, and has been in the chorus for the theater’s last six operas. He ventured into musical theater for Cinnabar’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, followed by roles in several productions, including the man in the iron lung and Luther in City of Angels. Warren recently joined James Pelican’s company Clowns on a Stick in the world premiere of Rhapsody of Fools as the unforgettable UPS Guy.

Van WhyMichael van Why (Servant/Sancho) holds a B.A. in music from SSU where he studied Vocal Performance. He is a professional entertainer specializing in twentieth century popular French, Italian, Neapolitan and American Cabaret/Café music ( He has offered lecture concerts on the subjects of chanson and canzone at colleges, universities and cultural organizations throughout the bay area. Michael is always grateful to return “home” to Cinnabar. His theatrical work here includes: So Nice to Come Home To, La cage aux folles, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Beneath Paris Skies, and most recently the role of Herman in The Most Happy Fella.

Walsh Stephen Walsh (Governor/Innkeeper)Performance credits include lead roles in Candide, Gianni Schicchi, The Boys from Syracuse, The Most Happy Fella, La Cage Aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, and roles in other musicals and operas including The Secret Marriage, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Into the Woods. He has sung with the San Francisco Choral Artists, Chanticleer and the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Mr. Walsh has been the principal cantor at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco since 1993. He lives with his family in Vallejo.

WaltersZane Walters (Jose) holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University. This is his second show with Cinnabar, having appeared last summer in the chorus of Pagliacci. Other favorite roles include The Actor/Young Kipps in The Woman in Black (Raven Players), Leon Czolgosz in Assassins (Narrow Way Stage), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Cannery), and 12 roles in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Spreckels Theater Company). Zane feels honored to be part of this rendition of such a special show in Cinnabar’s history.

WrightGene Wright (Paco) has appeared on the SRJC stage in Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas) and Phantom of the Opera. Since 2014 he has performed as bass soloist for Handel’s Messiah in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Oakland, and Fairfield. In 2016, he performed twice with Cinnabar Theater: der Sprecher in Magic Flute, and Pasquale/Postman in The Most Happy Fella. He had the pleasure to play Sarastro at SSU in February, and was bass soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in May. In June, he made his Pocket Opera debut in Roberto Devereux. Gene is a long-time voice student of Jody and Peter Benecke, and has also trained with Ruth Ann Swenson & David Burnakus.


ChunMary Chun (Music Director, Conductor) “One cannot resist the charm, energy, and allégresse that was displayed on the podium by Mary Chun.” 
– Le Figaro, Paris. A fierce advocate of new work and equally passionate about reviving classics by the masters, Maestro Chun conducts opera and musical theater in the Bay Area and beyond. In 2014 she made her Chinese debut as Music Director for the premiere of Avenue Q in Beijing where the two-month run was met with sold-out success and won the distinction of Best Musical Production in the Large Theater Category. Invited to return the next year for the Chinese premiere of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Mary music directed both the Beijing and Shanghai productions of this Pulitzer-prize winning musical. Beginning her 7th season as resident music director at Cinnabar and 17th season as principal conductor for Earplay, Mary has conducted operas new and old in Europe and the US and worked with notable composers such as John Adams, Libby Larsen, and Tan Dun, to name a few. Nominated by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle for her work with recent Cinnabar productions Fiddler, The Marriage of Figaro and The Most Happy Fella, Mary received the Best Music Direction Award in Small Theater Category for The Marriage of Figaro. Mary’s most recent Cinnabar productions were Pagliacci last June, as well as The Most Happy Fella, The Magic Flute and Falstaff. Mary was recently named Music Director for the Beijing/Shanghai-based Seven Ages Investment Company which produces major Broadway musical hits in Mandarin translation.

HoveyWayne Hovey (Set Designer) has been working in the technical side of theater for more than 40 years, doing everything from backstage work to set, sound and lighting design and stage management. He has provided set design for Cinnabar’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, The Marriage of Figaro, Bad Dates, Mahalia Jackson<em, and last season’s opener, The Most Happy Fella. He’s provided light design for more than 15 shows at Cinnabar, including The Magic Flute, as well as the world premiere of Trevor Allen’s One Stone (Einstein), The Odd Couple and Pagliacci last season.

LichensteinElly Lichenstein (Stage Director) joined Cinnabar in 1975 after a short career as a cellist in Belgium. Studying voice with Cinnabar’s founder Marvin Klebe, drama with Fred Curchack and Richard Blake, and movement with Ann Woodhead, she sang at least 50 roles with the company until retiring from the operatic stage in 1999. A passionate proponent of intimate theater and opera, she serves as Cinnabar’s artistic director, directs opera (including last season’s Pagliacci) and musicals (including last season’s The Most Happy Fella). She also recently appeared onstage as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and as Jeannette in Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life. She also occasionally performs at Mainstage West in Sebastopol.

PallaziolRichard Pallaziol (Fight Choreographer) has been a professional stage fight choreographer for the past thirty-five years. He studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He has twice appeared on the Cinnabar stage as actor, having performed in last year’s The Quality of Life and the previous year’s The Creature. He has acted in many California theatres, including Marin Shakespeare Festival, the Herbst Theatre, Grove Shakespeare, Napa Valley Conservatory Theatre, Shakespeare Napa Valley, and for the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, where he also directed. Richard will return to Cinnabar in spring to tackle the role of Salieri in Amadeus.

PelicanJames Pelican (Associate Stage Director) is a founding member of Clowns On A Stick and has been performing with the ensemble since 2003. Besides helping to create and perform over two dozen short pieces that have been performed as part of vaviety shows, circuses, and any other stage that is not off limits to clowns, James also wrote the full length show To Bury A Cat and co-wrote last season’s Rhapsody of Fools for Cinnabar. A resident of Petaluma, James feels fortunate to call Cinnabar his home theater, not only performing in many shows over the years (including Rhapsody and its operatic counterpart, Pagliacci), but volunteering his time whenever possible. Notable Cinnabar productions include last fall’s production of The Quality of Life (Neal), La Cage Aux Folles (Jacob), Balloonacy (Old Man), and Candide (Clown/Choreographer). Don Quixote (Don Q/Theater of Yugen), Trinculo (The Tempest/MSW), and The Gatekeeper (Descent of Inanna/Independent Eye) are other favorite roles. He is also the producer of the Chautauqua Revue, now in its 15th year at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.


GianolaDaniel Gianola-Norris (Trumpet) performs with orchestras throughout the Bay Area. He also appears frequently as a soloist with local ensembles. He has performed regularly as a multi-instrumentalist and occasional juggler in Cinnabar productions since 2007. Daniel is trumpet instructor at SRJC and Music to My Ears, Cotati’s music education center. Daniel’s CD, Food of Love, is a semi-classical collaboration with his wife, vocalist Aja Gianola-Norris. It is available in the iTunes store and at
GoldbergMichael Goldberg (Guitar) is currently playing solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States. He has toured throughout the United States as part of the Alma Duo, an ensemble of violin/viola and guitar, and is also a longtime member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to contemporary music performance. He has recorded on the Arabesque and Kameleon labels. He has been featured with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Philharmonia Baroque, Santa Rosa Symphony, Festival Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Composers, Inc., Empyrean Ensemble, San Francisco Girls’ Chorus, Diablo Valley Ballet, and many other Bay Area groups. Mr. Goldberg teaches at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, and maintains a private teaching practice in Berkeley. He received his Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

MutruMarja Mutru (Keyboard 1) received her master’s degree in piano performance from the Sibelius Academy in her native Finland. After settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marja became the keyboard player for the Paul Dresher Ensemble and has since played with various local ensembles, including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, California Symphony, and Ballet San Jose. She has also performed and recorded numerous new chamber operas and solo piano repertoire by various local composers. Marja begins her fifth season as Cinnabar’s go-to pianist and keyboard player.

NeuhoffA versatile musician, Kevin Neuhoff (Percussion) brings out the best from renaissance to razzmatazz! A member of the Carmel Bach Festival, SF Opera Center, Marin, Berkeley, and Fremont Symphonies, he appears with or has recorded with Philharmonia Baroque, Earplay, Opera Parallele, Oakland, California, Santa Rosa, Silicon Valley, Lamplighters, and San Francisco Symphonies. He also records for electronic media with Skywalker Symphony. Kevin has been Cinnabar’s percussionist for 6 seasons. Oh…and his barbequed salmon is not to be missed!

VeretteRod Verette (Bass) first played bass for Camelot in 1976, and he’s been hooked on musical theater ever since. He’s also performed with many classical, jazz, pop, opera and ballet companies during his over 40 years as a musician. Currently, Rod plays with the Vallejo and Solano symphonies, as well as the Symphony Orchestra for Northern California, plus several other groups from big dance bands to string quartets. Rod lives in Brentwood with his wife, Joyce.

Banner photo Daniel Cilli as Don Miguel de Cervantes. Based on a photo by Veronique Kherian