Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

By Pedro Calderón de la Barca

OFS Scripts = scripts bought by means of the Oregon Shakespeare competition throughout the play's theatrical run

translation by way of Laird Williamson; script from Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2001 production

One of the best dramatists of Spain's Golden Age, it's a pity that Calderon doesn't appear to be to be had at the tracker. here's possibly his top recognized work.

From Wikipedia:
Life Is a Dream (Spanish: los angeles vida es sueño) is a Spanish-language play through Pedro Calderón de l. a. Barca. First released in 1635 (or in all probability early in 1636), it's a philosophical allegory concerning the human state of affairs and the secret of existence. The play has been defined as "the best instance of Spanish Golden Age drama". the tale makes a speciality of the fictitious Segismundo, Prince of Poland, who has been imprisoned in a tower via his father, King Basilio, following a dire prophecy that the prince could deliver catastrophe to the rustic and demise to the King. Basilio in brief frees Segismundo, but if the prince is going on a rampage, the king imprisons him back, persuading him that it was once all a dream.

The play's important subject matter is the clash among unfastened will and destiny. It is still one among Calderón's best-known and so much studied works. different issues comprise goals vs. fact and the clash among father and son. The play has been tailored for different level works, in movie and as a unique.

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Life is a Dream

OFS Scripts = scripts offered through the Oregon Shakespeare competition through the play's theatrical run

translation through Laird Williamson; script from Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2001 production

One of the best dramatists of Spain's Golden Age, it's a pity that Calderon doesn't appear to be on hand at the tracker. here's probably his top identified work.

From Wikipedia:
Life Is a Dream (Spanish: l. a. vida es sueño) is a Spanish-language play by way of Pedro Calderón de los angeles Barca. First released in 1635 (or probably early in 1636), it's a philosophical allegory in regards to the human scenario and the secret of lifestyles. The play has been defined as "the preferrred instance of Spanish Golden Age drama". the tale makes a speciality of the fictitious Segismundo, Prince of Poland, who has been imprisoned in a tower by means of his father, King Basilio, following a dire prophecy that the prince might convey catastrophe to the rustic and demise to the King. Basilio in brief frees Segismundo, but if the prince is going on a rampage, the king imprisons him back, persuading him that it was once all a dream.

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SEGISMUNDO: Ah, do I? First he dares to vomit up a gush of empty flattery, and then— 2nd LORD: You need to bow to protocol, my lord,— SEGISMUNDO: I bow to nothing. No, to nothing. Never more. 2nd LORD: But I only thought— SEGISMUNDO: Who asked you what you think? Enter ESTRELLA. ESTRELLA: Your Royal Highness, I offer up to you a host of happy welcomes to the throne. May you, in spite of past misfortunes, Reign here long, and prosper well. SEGISMUNDO: Who is this regal beauty, then? A goddess come to earth, I'm sure of it— 51 I I Who is she?

CLOTALDO: How? Powerful? ROSAURA: I cannot say. CLOTALDO: Will you not tell me who it is? ROSAURA: No I cannot sir. CLOTALDO: You do not trust me, then? 33 ROSAURA: Oh, good my lord, I do! Please forgive me, good Clotaldo. CLOTALDO: You doubt the faith of one who has befriended you. ROSAURA: I did not mean to doubt your faith, kind friend. You shall know the truth. Dear benefactor, hear— The bitter enemy I seek— The vile thief who robbed me of my precious honor, Is none other than Astolfo, Duke of Muskovy.

1 CLOTALDO: No little wonder that you ask. So much of this will seem as strange at first. l| The first thing you must know is who you really are— SEGISMUNDO: Am I not who I am? CLOTALDO: You are Crown Prince of Polonia — Heir apparent to the throne. SEGISMUNDO: I? Segismundo? How? CLOTALDO: All these years you have been kept apart— Far from the court— In close captivity— Sequestered in that secret mountain cell. SEGISMUNDO: My cave. Yes! Yes! Where has it gone? How can this be? || CLOTALDO: It simply is.

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