Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life Is a Dream is one of the best-known plays from Spain’s “Siglo de Oro,” or Golden Age, in the 17th century. However, even many fans of the play don’t realize that there’s a second version, written late in Calderon’s life, that incorporates many of the same speeches and themes but also transforms other aspects of the play. George Drance, co-director Kelly Johnston, and Magis Theatre Company are producing Calderon’s two versions of the play together for the first time at LaMaMa in New York, and he joined the podcast to talk about the production.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca, author of the 1635 and 1677 versions of Life Is a Dream. Via Wikimedia Commons.

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