Paul R. Coate

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. D. Scott Glasser


This thesis examines my approach to developing and performing the roles of Miguel de Cervantes, Alonso Quijana, and Don Quixote for the October 2006 production of Dale Wasserman's Man of La Mancha at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in partial fulfillment of my Master of Arts degree in Theatre. The introductory chapter offers a brief description ofUNO's production of Man of La Mancha and those involved with its creation. The main body of this paper is largely the result of extensive preliminary research and preparation for this role, which I have included in the Appendices of this thesis. All of this research is put to practical use in Chapter Two, as I present the discoveries I made regarding my role. I begin by documenting the pre-rehearsal communication I had with D. Scott Glasser, the production's director. The second section of the chapter focuses on the application of my research and preparation during the six-week rehearsal process. In the third part of the chapter, I show how my research and rehearsal informed the two-week run of performances. In Chapter Three, I conclude by presenting my own reflection and response to the project.


A Thesis-Equivalent Project Presented to the Department of Theatre and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2007 Paul R. Coate.

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