Public Domain #6: Zoe Farmingdale directs Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company are producing a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it'd be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We've selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.
"¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí. ¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión." Life is a Dream is Calderon's examination of the human experience and the conflict between free will and fate. In LIAD, A King imprisons his newborn son due to a prophecy that he'd grow up to ruin the country. When the prince is released as an adult, he kills a man and attacks a woman, and is quickly locked back up, drugged, and told the day's events were just a dream. When he is broken back out of prison by rebels, he must decide if he is in reality or just another dream, and if those labels even have any moral bearing.
Zoe Farmingdale writes: " In my approach to art, the following things are of utmost importance: SENSE OF HUMOR, awareness (of space, self, and theatre as a construction); voice and body control; listening; economy/brevity My taste includes: beauty + sadnesss, honesty, clear purpose, humility, ensemble work, funny that becomes dangerous My background makes me keenly aware of: feminism (in particular, opportunities for women performers); transitions as part of the performance; the space being used I have lots of training/experience with: dance + movement, improv comedy, music, voice."
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