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Audio from Calderon’s *Life is a Dream*

Posted: April 4, 2017 by nrhelms in Audio, Staged Reading
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If you missed last Thursday’s performance of Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, fret not! Here you’ll find the program, the script, and an audio recording of the event.

Enjoy!

LIFE IS A DREAM edited by Deborah Parker

“Are all glories like dreams-the true ones taken to be false, and the false ones, to be true? There’s so little difference between one and the other that we cannot be sure if what we’re seeing and enjoying is simple fact or an illusion! Can it be the copy is so like the original that no one knows which is which?”

Dramatis Personae
BASILIO, King of Poland …….  Mark Hughes Cobb
SEGISMUNDO, Prince ………………..     Joseph Welty
ASTOLFO, Duke of Muscovy …… Bert McClelland
CLOTALDO, An old man ……………….   Steve Burch
CLARIN, A clownish servant ………..Joseph Arrigo
ESTRELLA, Princess …………………….. Morgan Hall
ROSAVRA, A lady …………………….    Elizabeth Thiel
Soldiers/Servants ……………………………. Mark Hulse
Richard LeComte
Calvin McLeod
Riley Rawson
Madeline Tatro
En Español ………………………………… Madeline Tatro

Translated by Edwin Honig
Adapted and Directed by Deborah Parker

On Thursday, March 30th at 7:30pm in 205 Gorgas Library, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, an early modern Spanish drama. The reading is directed by Deborah Parker and will involve actors from UA and from the Tuscaloosa community. Free and open to the public.

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I’m pleased to announce the spring 2017 lineup for Improbable Fictions! We’re organizing a wide variety of events this semester, including workshops on Shakespearean appropriations and two separate staged readings, one of Shakespeare and one of the early modern Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon. For the first four events, we ask that you RSVP to nrhelms@ua.edu to indicate your interest.

  • Sunday, Jan 29th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, a cold reading workshop of Meredith Noseworthy’s What Vicious Loves. 301 Morgan Hall.
  • Tuesday, Feb 7th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, a cold reading workshop of work by Diamond Forde. 301 Morgan Hall.
  • Sunday, Feb 26th from 7:00 to 10:00pm, a staged reading of Meredith Noseworthy’s What Vicious Loves. 205 Gorgas Library.
  • Thursday, Mar 30th from 7:30 to 9:30pm, a staged reading of Perdon Calderon’s Life is a Dream, directed by Deborah Parker (parkerburch@comcast.net). 205 Gorgas Library. Contact Deborah for details.
  • Sunday, April 16th from 7:30 to 9:30pm, a staged reading of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Annie Levy (aglevy1@ua.edu). 205 Gorgas Library. Contact Annie for details.

Finally, I’d like to note that the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies is thrilled to be hosting the American Shakespeare Center’s “Hungry Hearts Tour 2017” for two (FREE!) productions at the BAMA Theatre, February 10-11: The Two Gentleman of Verona and Romeo and Juliet.

Both performances begin at 7:30 (with pre-show music beginning at 7:00PM). These shows are free and open to the public. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is a rare opportunity to see a longstanding, professional Shakespeare company perform free of charge (most of the host institutions are charging admission for ASC shows, but we are making them available to students, faculty, and members of the community for free to encourage as broad and large an audience as possible).

We have a dedicated webpage for the ASC shows: http://english.ua.edu/grad/strode/asc

The website includes more information about both performances as well as a brief history of the ASC and its unique, high-energy performance style based on Shakespeare’s original staging conditions.

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