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By Pedro Calderón de la Barca

OFS Scripts = scripts bought via the Oregon Shakespeare pageant through the play's theatrical run

translation through Laird Williamson; script from Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2001 production

One of the best dramatists of Spain's Golden Age, it's a pity that Calderon doesn't appear to be to be had at the tracker. here's possibly his top identified work.

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Life Is a Dream (Spanish: l. a. vida es sueño) is a Spanish-language play by way of Pedro Calderón de l. a. Barca. First released in 1635 (or potentially early in 1636), it's a philosophical allegory in regards to the human scenario and the secret of existence. The play has been defined as "the superb instance of Spanish Golden Age drama". the tale makes a speciality of the fictitious Segismundo, Prince of Poland, who has been imprisoned in a tower by way of his father, King Basilio, following a dire prophecy that the prince might convey catastrophe to the rustic and demise to the King. Basilio in brief frees Segismundo, but if the prince is going on a rampage, the king imprisons him back, persuading him that it used to be all a dream.

The play's crucial topic is the clash among unfastened will and destiny. It is still one in every of Calderón's best-known and so much studied works. different topics comprise goals vs. truth and the clash among father and son. The play has been tailored for different level works, in movie and as a unique.

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Shut him up inside the coach that waits for you below. Then draw the curtains fast, so no one may see in. Bring the body to the palace. Place him then upon the royal couch within the private chamber of the King. The GUARDS carry SEGISMUNDO away; CLOTALDO speaks to the KING. Your majesty, he rests there still, until he wakens from his deathly sleep. 39 BASILIO: From that time on he must be treated as my own true son. CLOTALDO: So has he always been, my lord. BASILIO: No more of that. CLOTALDO: Forgive me, sire, I only meant that— BASILIO: Sir, enough.

BOCAZAS: Mistress, man! CLOTALDO: Rosaura, then. BOCAZAS: She's not Rosaura any more. 42 CLOTALDO: Not Rosaura? BOCAZAS: No. She's someone else. CLOTALDO: Who is she, then? BOCAZAS: A minor planet in Estrella's galaxy. A servant to her second greatest enemy. How's that? I hope you're satisfied. Ha. Ha. I say. CLOTALDO: This will help explain her presence here in court. And— BOCAZAS: I'm not finished yet. She trusts you, sir—I don't know why— She's waiting patiently for you to tell her where, and how, and when she might expect your venerable self to step forth boldly and to bravely vindicate her honor — Kill the bastard wretch, I mean.

1st LORD: You must excuse him, gracious lord, 3rd LORD: (to SEGISMUNDO) Your grace, you need to show him more respect. SEGISMUNDO: Ah, do I? First he dares to vomit up a gush of empty flattery, and then— 2nd LORD: You need to bow to protocol, my lord,— SEGISMUNDO: I bow to nothing. No, to nothing. Never more. 2nd LORD: But I only thought— SEGISMUNDO: Who asked you what you think? Enter ESTRELLA. ESTRELLA: Your Royal Highness, I offer up to you a host of happy welcomes to the throne. May you, in spite of past misfortunes, Reign here long, and prosper well.

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