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A Captivating Conversation with "Man of La Mancha" Captain of the Inquisition - Erik Duane

Experience the Triumph of HOPE and Unbridled Laughter at the Rose Center Theater's Unmissable Production!

In the world of Orange County's performing arts, a dazzling spectacle is about to grace the stage that will have you cheering for the triumph of hope and basking in the glow of extraordinary talent. From September 10th to September 23rd, 2023, the Rose Center Theater proudly presents the timeless classic, Man of La Mancha. To give you a sneak peek into the magic that awaits, we sat down with Erik Duane, the masterful Captain of the Inquisition in this upcoming production. His insights into the show, his character, and a hilarious onstage incident are as captivating as his performance promises to be.

A Glance into Erik Duane's World

Erik Duane, a seasoned performer with an infectious zest for life, has taken on the challenging role of Captain of the Inquisition in Man of La Mancha. When asked about his favorite line from the show, Erik resonates with the poignant words: "I have never had the courage to believe in nothing." It's a line that encapsulates the essence of the play - a journey of resilience, dreams, and the enduring power of belief.

Dreams and Laughter Unleashed

While Erik commands the stage as the Captain, he dreams of donning the iconic roles of Don Quixote or Sancho, two characters whose tales intertwine with chivalry, wit, and an indomitable spirit. Behind the scenes, Erik has a unique pre-show ritual that includes chomping on breath mints and a series of hail marys and our fathers – a delightful concoction of tradition and superstition that keeps nerves at bay.

Unscripted Laughter in the Spotlight

In the world of theater, bloopers are cherished treasures that add a touch of unpredictability to every performance. Erik Duane fondly recalls an uproarious incident during a previous Rose Center Production of Spamalot. The scene featured Erik as the "French Taunter," engaging in a comedic exchange with none other than Chris Caputo. A sequence of flubbed lines led to a sidesplitting chain of improvised retorts, invoking the true spirit of Monty Python's irreverent humor.

Basking in the Glow of Triumph

Post-performance indulgence takes a playful turn as Erik's favorite treat involves enjoying drinks with his cast mates. This camaraderie, built on the foundation of countless hours of rehearsals and shared laughter, adds an extra layer of authenticity to the onstage chemistry that audiences are sure to appreciate.

The Heart of the Show: HOPE

Erik's character in Man of La Mancha follows orders, a trait that adds depth to his portrayal and reflects the intricacies of human nature. And why is Man of La Mancha a must-see production for the community? In Erik's words, "It's a show about the triumph of HOPE! Who can't use more of that! I HOPE you come see the show!"

A Glimpse of What's to Come

As the curtain prepares to rise, what can the audience anticipate from Erik's performance and the overall production? Erik assures us that stellar performances are in store for all, along with his modestly humorous promise of an "above-average performance" from himself. It's an offer that's hard to resist – a night of laughter, inspiration, and perhaps a few unexpected surprises.

Get Your Tickets Today!

The allure of Man of La Mancha is undeniable, and Erik Duane's infectious spirit is the icing on the cake. Don't miss this chance to witness the triumph of hope, the thrill of theater, and the heartwarming camaraderie of the cast. Secure your seats now at and be part of a journey that promises to leave you uplifted and thoroughly entertained.

So mark your calendars, theater enthusiasts! From September 10th to 23rd, 2023, the Rose Center Theater invites you to be captivated, charmed, and moved by Man of La Mancha. As Erik Duane says, "It's a tale of HOPE – and who doesn't need a bit of that these days?" Let the magic unfold before your eyes, and let your hearts be touched by the power of the stage.

Playing at the Rose Center Theater

September 10-23, 2023

2:00 PM Matinee Performances: September 10 and 17

7:30 PM Evening Performances: September 15-16 and 22-23

For tickets and further information, please visit

Special Offers and Contact Information

The Rose Center Theater offers discounted rates for groups of 20+ and for our military & first responder patrons. For more information about our theater events or the venue in Orange County, contact our box office at or leave a message at 714-793-1150 ext. 1.

Stay tuned for more updates as we delve deeper into the world of Man of La Mancha. Get ready to be swept away on an adventure in search of the impossible dream!

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