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Clark Kent and Superman may be the most famous dual role, but so is Aldonza/Dulcinea!

Patricia Marand must have enjoyed watching Bob Holiday play the dual role of Clark Kent and Superman. Within two years of the close of "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman©", Ms. Marand herself took on the dual role of Aldonza and Dulcinea in the touring company of Man of La Mancha.

Patricia Marand as Aldonza/Dulcinea 1968

The back of this photo reveals a great deal of information. First, this production took place in 1968 and starred David Atkinson as Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote and Patricia Marand as Aldonza/Dulcinea. The production was staged at the historic Proctors theatre in Schenectady, NY.

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But this wasn't the only time that Ms. Marand took on the dual role of Aldonza and Dulcinea.

Patricia Marand as Aldonza/Dulcinea 1978
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From 1968 to 1978, costumes changed a bit, yes? The back of this photo identifies this production as a 1978 production of the famous Fisher Theatre in Chicago. Times had changed, and both the costuming and Ms. Marand's portrayal managed to capture the hard edges of Aldonza's life and character. In "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman©", Ms. Marand was able to capture the intensity of Lois Lane, a woman competing well in a man's world, while imbuing the character with the sweetness that won Superman's heart. We're sure that she was also able to bring the latter attitude to the Dulcinea character.

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