La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream)

  • Performing arts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Thu, September 12 —
    Sun, October 13, 2019
La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream)

One of the essential works of Spanish Golden Age theater, this timeless play explores free will, fate, and tyranny.

Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s best-known play, La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream), tells the story of Segismundo, heir to the throne, who is locked away in a dungeon for fear of a prophecy foretelling that he will be a tyrant who brings disaster to the country and death to the king.

Do we choose who we are or are we merely marionettes in the hands of a greater power? Is what we see real or an altered illusion? Nando Lopez’s new adaptation reflects on these universal truths.

The play is in Spanish with English surtitles.


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GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW Washington, DC 20010


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GALA Theatre


Written by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, adapted by Nando López, and directed by Hugo Medrano. Presented by GALA Theatre with the support of the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C.



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