Streaming on YouTube
Translated and adapted by José Rivera.
From the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca.
Presented by the BFA Acting 3rd Year Company
Directed by JL Rey
Assistant Directed and Stage Managed by Ben Lohrberg
Vocal Coach: Keely Wolter
Movement Coach: Markell Kiefer
Streaming virtually on YouTube
February 26 & 27, 2021 at 7:30pm CST, February 28, 2021 at 2pm CST
The show runs approximately 2 hours, including two 5-minute intermissions.
About the Play:
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. Sueño is written in sharp contemporary language but it nevertheless seeks to ask the eternal questions posed by Calderón: What is man—an angel or an animal? What is honor? What is freedom? If life is a dream, who is dreaming us? Could God Himself be the greatest dream of all?