Crying on the Camino

Stage Actress: 
Celeste Mancinelli
 
17 Sep 2024
 
6:00 PM
 
Sun Room, Memorial Union
Co-sponsors: 
  • Department of Music and Theatre
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Crying on the Camino is an original one-woman show conceived at the Wynn Handman Studios in New York City. This is a true account of an 11 day, 200-mile trek along Spain’s Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim path leading to the Cathedral of the Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain. Each year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world walk or bike various routes to reach this final destination. This show chronicles the highs and lows of her adventure on the path, taking us on a journey of hilarity, hardship, and healing. Celeste weaves deft storytelling with snippets of song to highlight the humor and poignancy of this life-affirming trip, bringing audiences along the trail with her. 

This show has received the 2022 Broadway World Award for Best New Play and Best Performer. This play has received standing ovations from audiences across the United States, in fourteen different states. Crying on the Camino recently moved to the international stage with performances in Madrid and Santiago, Spain this past May.  

Veteran stage actress Celeste Mancinelli has performed professionally since the early 80’s. Her NYC credits include the hit show “Nunsense” at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater, Cynthia Heimel’s long-running play “A Girl’s Guide to Chaos” at the American Place Theater (originating the character of Lurene), and Larry Gelbart’s “1-2-3-4-5” at the Manhattan Theater Club.  She has appeared as Mama in “My Big Fat Gay Italian Wedding” and its sequel (Funeral) at the St Luke’s Theatre. This past April she completed a run of “RUBBER” at the Theatre for the New City in NYC. Celeste has also worked in numerous Off-Broadway, cabaret, stock, regional, and national tours throughout the United States.  


Crying on the Camino is an original one-woman show conceived at the Wynn Handman Studios in New York City. This is a true account of an 11 day, 200-mile trek along Spain’s Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim path leading to the Cathedral of the Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain. Each year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world walk or bike various routes to reach this final destination. This show chronicles the highs and lows of her adventure on the path, taking us on a journey of hilarity, hardship, and healing. Celeste weaves deft storytelling with snippets of song to highlight the humor and poignancy of this life-affirming trip, bringing audiences along the trail with her.