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Sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Friday, November 5, 2021, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
One event on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm
The School of Theatre and Dance presents Sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, translated & adapted by José Rivera
Sueño will be presented in Westhoff Theatre.
Sueño is Obie Award-winning playwright José Rivera’s translation and adaptation of Calderón de la Barca’s classic Life Is a Dream. Set in 1635, this metaphysical drama—renowned as one of the jewels of the Spanish Golden Age—Sueño follows the life of young Prince Segismundo, heir to the Spanish throne, who is imprisoned at birth when astrologers predicted his reign as king would result in the country’s ruin. The brilliant, passionate prince is raised in isolation. His only companions are the nobleman Clotaldo and a God whose very existence he questions. When his father King Basilio finds his own life ending without a legitimate heir, he releases Segismundo and places him on the throne. If Segismundo is gentle and civilized, Basilio reasons, he will be allowed to reign. If he is as wild and barbaric as the stars predicted he’ll be sent back to his imprisonment and told that his brief moment of freedom and power was only a dream. When the tormented Segismundo demonstrates the worst of the astrologers’ fears and he’s sent back to the tower, he’s forever unable to distinguish between real life and the world of dreams.