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"Sueño", by José Rivera
Mendocino College Center Theatre
Ukiah, CA
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"Sueño", by José Rivera
A contemporary adaptation of the Spanish Golden Age classic La Vida Es Sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca.  

This beautiful and haunting play, about love, revenge, dreams and forgiveness, confronts eternal questions about the nature of humanity. Due to some onstage violence and sexual references, Sueño is recommended for ages 13 years and older.  Directed by Reid Edelman.

Event Dates and Times:  
October 20-29, 2017.
October 20 & 21 at 7:30 PM.
October 26, 27 & 28 at 7:30 PM.
October 29 at 2 PM


Set against the backdrop of an eternally rotating cosmos, in the 1630s Spain of the Inquisition, in which the Kingdom of Castille seemed to be the center of the universe, José Riveras modern play Sueño brings to life swashbuckling soldiers, a prince locked in a desolate tower since his birth, love affairs, political humor, and scenes of violence mixed with moments of poetry and dreams. This is the world of the latest creation of the  Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department: José Riveras Sueño, a contemporary adaptation of Pedro Calderón de la Barcas classic Spanish drama about love, revenge, dreams and forgiveness. The play will run October 20-29 in Mendocino Colleges Center Theatre on the Ukiah Campus. According to the director, theatre professor Reid Edelman, Sueño is an entrancingly beautiful and poetic play, one which asks eternal questions about the nature of our humanity.

Sueño opens on Friday October 20, 2017. Performances will run for two weekends only, through October 29.

Sueño, meaning dream in Spanish, is the story of Prince Segismundo, heir to the Spanish throne. Imprisoned at birth when astrologers predict his reign as king will result in the countrys ruin, the brilliant and passionate Segismundo is raised in isolation. When his father, King Basilio, finds his own life ending without an heir, he releases his son and places him on the throne. He reasons that if the young prince is gentle and civilized, he will be allowed to reign. If he is wild and barbaric as the stars predict, hell be sent back to his prison and told that his brief moment of freedom and power was only a dream.

The play was written in 1998 by José Rivera, a contemporary American playwright born in Puerto Rico. Rivera has written extensively for theatre, film and television, and is perhaps most famous for his award-winning screenplay for the 2004 film Motorcycle Diaries. Riveras sharp  language endows Calderón de la Barcas classic Spanish play with a sharp contemporary edge while remaining true to the poetic and dreamlike quality of the original.  The play will be performed in English, though a plot summary in Spanish will be available.

The Mendocino College production showcases the emerging talents of nine Mendocino College conservatory students. Among these are Lindsey Chapman as the fiery Rosaura and Owen Browne as her travelling companion, the good-hearted clown Clarin.  Schuyler Marcier plays the central role of Prince Segismundo, and Kevin Klay plays his tormented father King Basilio. Christopher Griffith and Rickie Farah, as the Kings niece and nephew Estrella and Astolfo, add layers of comedy and social commentary through their boundlessly ambitious pursuit of power. The cast features veteran local actor Jonathan Whipple as the royal advisor Clotaldo. The talented and energetic cast also includes Jasmine Byerley, Teresa Etter, Joni McLeod, Marcus Phillips, Paloma Rodriguez and Ari Sunbeam.

The productions impressive scenery, lighting, costumes, and sound design are being created by Mendocino College students under the direction of faculty & staff members Steve Decker, Kathy Dingman-Katz, and David Wolf. Professional Bay Area fight director Carla Pantoja, a visiting guest artist, is building the plays exciting stage combat scenes. College dance director Eryn Schon-Brunner is creating the dance sequences. Stage management is by conservatory student Kristin Hills with the assistance of Virginia Hanley, Joni McLeod and Cheyenne Sheehells.  The assistant director is Ilena Yeru Pegan.

Venue and Address:  
Mendocino College Center Theatre
Center for Visual & Performing Arts
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Photo 1:  Lindsey Chapman (Rosaura) and Schuyler Marcier (Segismundo) in the Mendocino College production of José Riveras Sueño.   (photo by Ilena Yeru Pegan)

Photo 2:  Owen Browne (Clarin) and Lindsey Chapman (Rosaura) in the Mendocino College production of José Riveras Sueño.   (photo by Ilena Yeru Pegan)

Photo 3:  Kevin Klay (King Basilio) and Schuyler Marcier (Segismundo) in the Mendocino College production of José Riveras Sueño.   (photo by Ilena Yeru Pegan)

Photo 4:  Lindsey Chapman (Rosaura) and Jonathan Whipple (Clotaldo) in the Mendocino College production of José Riveras Sueño.   (photo by Ilena Yeru Pegan)



Mendocino College Center Theatre (View)
1000 Hensley Creek Rd
Ukiah, CA 95482
United States

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Minimum Age: 13
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Arts Council of Mendocino County
On BPT Since: Nov 28, 2008
Reid Edelman
707 468-3172

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