Tuesday, September 17, 2019

GALA Hispanic Theatre 

A gem of the Spanish Golden Age,  Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s  Life is a Dream is a gift for all the ages.  Now at GALA Hispanic Theatre, this world premiere adaptation by Nando López and  directed by Hugo Medrano is a rare  theatrical treasure opening  the 2019-20 season.
The story of Segismundo, a prince heir imprisoned by his father King Basilio to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy might start out like one a familar fairy tale.  What ensues in this thought provoking play, is the stuff that great playwrights and poets and philosophers have grappled with on the power of tryranny, fate and free will in human existence. 
Daniel Alonso de Santos as Segismundo  confronts the dilemma of his experiences as whether they be dreams or reality or some experience that is a mix of both.
Timothy Andrés Pabon is King Basilio who struggles as a father who fears his son will overtake his throne.
Soraya Padrao as Rosario presents duality.  Disguised as a man, she bears a sword. As a woman who has been wronged, she seeks a powerful ruler to restore her honor. 
Also appearing in Life is a Dream are GALA company members 
Delbis Cardona (Clarin),  Peter Pereyra (Astolfo),  Catherine Nunez (Estrella),  Camilo Linares (Soldado), and  Timothy Leo Delgado (Soldado). 

Life is a Dream at GALA THEATRE until October 13, 2019
202- 234-7174 or visit www.galatheatre.org. 

PHOTO CREDIT;  Daniel Alonso de Santos and Soraya Padrao,
Photo Stan Weinstein