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SPAIN arts & culture and the Shakespeare Theatre Company present a staged reading of LIFE IS A DREAM (La vida es sueño)

SPAIN arts & culture

Monday, June 2, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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 SPAIN arts & culture and the Shakespeare Theatre Company

present a staged reading of

Life is a Dream (La vida es sueño)

By Pedro Calderón de la Barca, translated by Helen Edmundson

Directed by Gus Heagerty

Life is a Dream STC


Once you believe that life is a dream, how do you live?

In this special presentation at the elegant former residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, Calderón’s immortal philosophical masterpiece comes to thrilling life in this one-night-only staged reading performed by some of Washington’s finest actors. When a prophecy toys with the freedom of a Polish Prince, and a Princess takes on a disguise to find her true love, they begin to question the nature of reality itself. Packed with swordfights, love scenes, comic interludes, and poetry to rival Shakespeare, come see the play that critics consider the greatest work of the Spanish Golden Age.

Join us after the reading for a discussion with the director, Gus Heagerty, dramaturg, Drew Lichtenberg and  Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater at George Mason University.

Monday, June 2, 2014

6:15 pm Doors open / Cava & Spanish Tapas Reception

7:00 pm Reading begins

$10 Admission & Reception (+ fees)


ARTISTIC STAFF:

Gus Heagerty (Director)AS A DIRECTOR: DC AREA: National Players @ Olney Theatre Center: As You Like It (Upcoming) Shakespeare Theatre Company: Macbeth (Fellows Project), Several Rediscovery Readings. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: OFF BROAWAY: Playwright’s Horizons/NYTW: The Shaggs. REGIONAL: Seattle Shakespeare Company: Hamlet DC AREA: Twleve productions with the Shakespeare Theatre Company including: Measure for Measure, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2. Studio Theatre: The Walworth Farce, The New ElectricBallroom; OTHER: William R Kenan Directing Fellow at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. EDUCATION: North Carolina School of the Arts.

Drew Lichtenberg (Dramaturg) is the Literary Associate at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Previous to joining STC, he spent two seasons as Associate Dramaturg at Baltimore Centerstage. He has also dramaturged at the McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. He is a Lecturer on the faculty of the Catholic University of America, and he has been a guest teacher at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Kennedy Center’s ACTF Festival.

Rick Davis  (Guest Speaker) is Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Associate Dean, and Professor of Theater at George Mason University, where he also served as Artistic Director of Theater of the First Amendment from 1991-2012. He is active as a director, dramaturg, translator, essayist, and librettist. His co-translation of Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" was performed by The Shakespeare Theatre, and his translations of Calderón de la Barca have been performed in professional and academic settings and are published as "Calderón de la Barca: Four Great Plays of the Golden Age."  He has presented on Golden Age drama at conferences on Oxford, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC.   Rick worked at Center Stage in Baltimore as Resident Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director prior to coming to George Mason. He was educated at Lawrence University and the Yale School of Drama.

PRODUCING PARTNERS:

SPAIN arts & culture features the most cutting-edge works of international renowned Spanish artists in fields such as design, urban culture, architecture, visual arts, film, performing arts, literature and music. A series of exhibitions, conferences, showcases, and performances take place every year at the most prestigious American cultural institutions bringing a taste of all the creativity, history, and talent of Spanish artists to the American public. This program is organized by the Embassy of Spain's Cultural Office in Washington, D.C. and its network of General Consulates and Cervantes Institutes in the United States together with the Spain-USA Foundation. For more information visit: www.spainculture.us

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY:  Over the past quarter of a century, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., has become “the nation’s foremost Shakespeare company” (Wall Street Journal) and the “region’s most dynamic theatre” (The Washington Post), and received more Helen Hayes Awards for producing than any other theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn, STC has grown from its residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library to the Lansburgh Theatre in 1992 to the opening of the brand new Sidney Harman Hall in 2007.  www.shakespearetheatre.org

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When & Where


Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
2801 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Monday, June 2, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)


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