Plays Directory : Life's A Dream

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • Written
    1635/1636
  • Overview
    Life is a Dream (Spanish: La vida es sueño) is a Spanish language play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. First published in 1635 (or possibly early in 1636), it is a philosophical allegory regarding the human situation and the mystery of life. Focusing on Segismundo, Prince of Poland, the central argument is the conflict between free will and fate. The play remains one of de la Barca's best-known and most studied works.

    In the play, the king of Poland has had his son Segismundo imprisoned all of his life because it has been prophesied that the son will bring disaster to the country. The king tells his subjects that his son died after childbirth. After his son has grown to be a man, the king reveals to his court that his son lives, and allows the court to vote in favor of allowing the son to become heir. However, the son turns out to be violent, killing a man and attempting rape. For this he is drugged and returned to his prison, and told upon waking that the previous day's events were merely a dream. Still, his jailer scolds him for his un-princely behaviour, which prompts remorse in Segismundo. Rebels who are working against the king, who have found out about the treatment of Segismundo, break him out of prison. The rebels defeat the king's army; however, Segismundo doubts again if he is in reality or a dream, finally deciding that even in a dream we have to behave well because "God is God" and forgives the king . The play ends in a wedding.

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Connected mandy members:

Richard Hainsworth
2016, Clotaldo
Caroline Farrington
2013, Rosaura
The Bear
Anna K. Jordahl
Anna K. Jordahl
Stage Manager
2012, DSM on stage
Rami Nasr
Rami Nasr
Actor
2011, Clotaldo
Vanessa Nitsche
2011, Estrella
Jasynda Bennett
2009, Princess Estrella/ Supporting
Glen Eagle
Glen Eagle
Actor
2006, Segismundo
Richard Anthony
2006, Jose
The blue Elephant
Richard Cunningham
2005, Astolfo
Blue Elephant Theatre
Vito Hind
Vito Hind
Actor
2004, Clotaldo
David Horton
David Horton
Actor
2002, Rebel Army Leader
Steven Mortimer
2002, Soldier/ Attendant/ Rebel
White Bear Theatre
Andrea Rossi
Andrea Rossi
Scenic Artist
2002, Scenic painter
White Bear Theatre
Emma Christer
2001, Isabella
Camden Peoples Theatre
Terence Vincent
1999, Jailer