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Life is a Dream

by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

directed by Joseph Hendel

Preview: Feb. 6 @ 7pm
Show dates: February 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30pm,
                       February 9 @ 2pm

Mandell Weiss Forum

About the Play

When Prince Segismundo is prophesized to bring disgrace to Poland, his father King Basilio imprisons him. Segismundo is later freed from prison but told it may in fact be a dream. Life is a Dream is a philosophical allegory on the mystery of life and dreams, and a masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age of drama.

About the Playwright
Pedro Calderón de la Barca is considered the finest dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age. Some of his most notable works include The Phantom Lady, The Mayor of Zalamea, and Life is a Dream.
About the Director

Joseph Hendel is a second-year MFA Directing student from New York. He is a writer, director, and composer whose plays include Katzelmacher, USA (inspired by Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher, the cell), The Tasty Karp Hotel (Teatr Fredry in Gniezno, Poland), Playing with Masculinity (Have Art: Will Travel! Inc.), and Beware the Ides of Monday (the cell). Other directing credits: The Inner Circle (opera about Alfred Kinsey at the Brick Theater's F*ckfest), AVoid2Remember (Title:Point's?! Festival), Appendage (1st Irish Theater Fest) and works by Brecht, Ionesco, Pirandello, and Gilbert and Sullivan. He is a resident artist at the cell, a two-time member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and is trained in clown and Commedia by master clown teacher Christopher Bayes. He enjoys synthesizers, German-Jewish critical theory, and playing with his pet chihuahua, Molière. UC San Diego credits: Tambo and Bones for WNPF 2018, A Raisin in the Sun (AD).

Director's Statement

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The Cast

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The Creative Team

Director – Joseph Hendel
Scenic Designer – Samuel Keamy-Minor
Costume Designer – Christopher Flagstad
Production Stage Manager – Nicholas Lambros Smith
Asst. Costume Designer – Natalie Barshow
Asst. Stage Manager – Topaz Cooks

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Mandell Weiss Forum

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.







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Feb. 14

Feb. 15

Feb. 16
7:00 pm     PREVIEW

7:30 pm     OPENING

2:00 pm

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

7:30 pm    

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>


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