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“Life is a Dream” unfolds in Schwarz Theatre, Mar. 13-16

Life is a dream 01_web EOU photos by Michael Heather / Jeanie Nickel and Joshua Cornwell rehearse their roles as Rosaura and Segismundo in “Life is a Dream” opening Thursday.

Classic drama “Life is a Dream” unfolds in Schwarz Theatre

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 |  lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Kenn Wheeler | Associate Professor of Theatre
541-962-3318 |  kwheeler@eou.edu

March 12, 2014

Caleb Hulsey, left, as Clataldo and Joshua Cornwell as Segismundo.

Caleb Hulsey, left, as Clataldo and Joshua Cornwell as Segismundo.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – EOU’s theatre program continues its 2014 production season with a new translation of a classic Spanish tragedy.

Opening curtain for “Life is a Dream” is 7 p.m. Thursday in Schwarz Theatre in Loso Hall. Performances continue at 7 Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The story begins when an astrological omen predicts that if King Basilio’s son Segismundo is crowned, he will become a horrible tyrant and bring destruction to his kingdom.

Basilio imprisons his son for life, but decades later he decides to let him prove his ability to defy the stars. Allowed to rule the palace, Segismundo wreaks bloody vengeance on the kingdom, confirming the prediction, and is returned to his prison.

The question of whether life is a dream or an illusion takes on renewed relevance and urgency in this translation by Nilo Cruz of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s classic drama.

Rick Mugrage, senior theatre major, takes on the role of Basilio, while fellow senior Joshua Cornwell portrays Segismundo.

Rounding out the cast is Jeanie Nickel as Rosaura, Brian Moore as Astolfo, Ellie Aiton as Estrella, Caleb Hulsey as Clotaldo and Bryn McLaughlin as Clarìn with Rachel Bentz, Noah Fulfer and McKayla Nitz as the servants, guards and soldiers.

Michael Heather, associate professor of theatre, is serving as director, as well as scenery and light designer. Theatre student Hayley Stavenger is designing the costumes as her senior project.

Tickets for “Life is a Dream” are $10 general admission and $5 for students, seniors and active or retired military.

To reserve tickets, call the theatre box office at 541-962-3757 or go to ticketpeak.com/eou.