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Life's a Dream

Life's a Dream

By Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Adapted by John Barton and Adrian Mitchell.

Product Code: L77000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 5m., 2w. (extras.)

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$9.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote, "Life's a Dream, the Calderón metaphysical masterpiece, is one of the finest fruits of the 17th-century golden age of Spanish drama … an ever pertinent play about the power of free will … seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company in a version both magical and lucid, playing to turn-away crowds. Rather than take the easy way out with a prose version, the adapters rewrote the play in English verse—serving the work's comic and tragic needs with a variety of forms including iambic pentameter, full frontal rhyme and ballads." "The action concerns the Polish King's incarceration of his son, Sigismund, who the omens say will prove a tyrant. In a controlled experiment, Sigismund becomes prince for a day, justifies the prophecies and is shunted back into his tower; only after he persuades himself that all that has passed is a dream, the young prince re-emerges to take over the kingdom and learn to rule wisely. Intertwined with this is the story of a Muscovite woman, Rosaura, who comes to Poland to avenge herself on her father and her lover, and who likewise learns the power of magnanimity and kindness … a masterpiece about time, fate, love, honor, death and the illusory nature of existence." (Michael Billington, The Guardian)

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code L77000
  • Cast Size 7
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 140 min

Categories

  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871292957
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.