Life Is a Dream (2008)

Nominated for three MECCA awards

Life Is a Dream

October 22 – November 1, 2008
at Centaur Theatre

Directed by Alison Darcy

One of the classics of Spanish theatre, Life Is a Dream was written by Spanish Baroque playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca. The play follows the young prince Segismundo, who has been imprisoned since birth because of ill omens predicting his violent, inhuman nature. When the king decides to give his unfortunate son a chance to prove himself, Segismundo’s rage over his imprisonment takes over and he wreaks havoc on the court. He is soon returned to his prison and convinced that his time at court was a dream. But when a  group of rebels free him in an attempt to bring the rightful prince to the throne, Segismundo must struggle to overcome his anger and resentment and become a true king.


Directed by Alison Darcy
Assistant Director: Joseph Shragge
Produced by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre and Centaur Theatre Company
Stage Manager: Melanie St. Jacques
Assistant Stage Manager: Bonnie More
Set and Lighting Designer: Sarah Yaffe
Costume Designer: Jenna Wright
Musical Director: David Oppeneim

Cast: Andreas Apergis, Leni Parker, Zach Fraser, Gemma James-Smith, Peter Batakliev, Julie Tamiko-Manning, Julian Casey, Dusan Dukic, Donovan Reiter

Musicians: David Oppenheim, Leon Lo, Paul Gareau, Aaron Shragge, Dusan Dukic, Donovan Reiter

Poster Designer: Alison Darcy
Translated by Edwin Honig


“Lyrically staged … Apergis gives a fierce, mesmerizing performance … Director Darcy is rapidly developing into one of the finest directors in the city, visually aware and adept at drawing fine performances from her well-chosen cast.” (Pat Donnelly, The Gazette)

Nominated for 3 MECCA awards: Best Set Design (Sarah Yaffe), Best Costume Design (Jenna Wright), and Best Ensemble.