Rossaura as well finds fair treatment, with the help of others who support her unshakeable desire for respect and honor.
According to Kidd, “his prose translation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s La vida es sueño is envisioned as both a classroom text and a script for performance” (xi).
However, even many fans of the play don’t realize that there’s a second version, written late in Calderon’s life, that incorporates many of the same speeches and themes but also transforms other aspects of the play.
George Drance, co-director Kelly Johnston, and Magis Theatre Company are producing Calderon’s two versions of the play together for the first time at La Ma Ma in New York, and he joined the podcast to talk about the production.
Sigismund is cruelly isolated and alone most of his days, save for the frequent visits by his tutor and prison guard, Clothold.
While Rossaura and Bugle marvel in confusion at the predicament of Sigismund, King Vasily chooses to tell his niece, Stella, and nephew, Aistulf, the truth about his son, who was declared stillborn at his birth and hidden away immediately.Rosaura walks through the mountains of Poland, dressed as a man.She finds Clarín, a jester, who tries to make her forget how miserably Poland receives visitors.Spain's power was rapidly waning by the time Calderón wrote Life Is a Dream.Another current that permeated Spanish thinking was the radical departure from the medieval ideal that royal power resided in God's will, as noted in Machiavelli's The Prince (1532).This podcast aims to introduce listeners to the artists, scholars, and archivists who are working to bring the history of performance to life.We hope that, by listening to this show, you’ll learn about exciting new performances, fascinating books, and valuable repositories of knowledge, all of which will help you better understand theatre’s history.The story focuses on the fictional Segismundo, Prince of Poland, who has been imprisoned in a tower by his father, King Basilio, following a dire prophecy that the prince would bring disaster to the country and death to the King.Basilio briefly frees Segismundo, but when the prince goes on a rampage, the king imprisons him again, persuading him that it was all a dream.The king decides to put his son to an unfair test of his nobility and honor, drugging Sigismund in order to transport him secretly to the palace.When Sigismund wakes, he will be dressed in the garments of royalty, and King Vasily hopes that the prince will act according to his birthright, but designs a contingency plan: should Sigismund act badly and fail the test, he will be returned to his tower prison and told that the whole experience was a dream.