October 16, 2013
The Hampden-Sydney College Department of Fine Arts Fall production, Life is a Dream, opens on Thursday, November 7. Life is a Dream is a Spanish language play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca published around 1635-37 and translated by Gregary Racz, associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Long Island University, Brooklyn.
Life is a Dream is a work many hold to be the supreme example of Spanish Golden Age drama and remains one of Calderón's best-known and most studied works. Imbued with highly poetic language and humanist ideals, it is an allegory that considers contending themes of free will and predestination, illusion and reality, played out against the backdrop of court intrigue and the restoration of personal honor.
In the mountainous barrens of Poland, the rightful heir to the kingdom has been imprisoned since birth in an attempt by his father to thwart fate. Meanwhile, a noblewoman arrives to seek revenge against the man who deceived and forsook her love for the prospect of becoming king of Poland. Richly metaphorical, yet laced with comic and romantic moments, Life Is a Dream explores the deepest mysteries of human experience.
Life is a Dream is directed by Theatre Professor Shirley Kagan and stars students and faculty of Hampden-Sydney College and Nottoway High School, and other community members.
Performances are Thursday & Friday, November 7 & 8, and Thursday & Friday, November 14 & 15, at 8 PM in Johns Auditorium. All performances are free and open to the public. For group reservations or information, call 434-223-6266.