Mesmerizing modern adaptation runs April 7 – May 8
PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Repertory Company continues it s2021-22 Season with Sueño,Obie Award-winning playwright José Rivera’s adaptation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Spanish Golden Age play, La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream). Directed by one of Trinity Rep’s newest company members Tatyana-Marie Carlo, this show runs April 7 – May 8 with a press opening night on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $27, and more information is available at trinityrep.com/sueno.
A humorous and haunting metaphysical story peppered with intentional anachronisms, Sueño is a contemporary English-language reimagining of Life is a Dream, considered one of the jewels of the Spanish Golden Age. Years after a Spanish prince is imprisoned at birth based on astrological predictions, the young man is released to test the prophesies. Once freed, his actions could either earn him the throne or return him to a lifetime of isolation to question the very nature of reality and humanity.
“Jose Rivera’s Sueño is one of the absolute highlights of our season this year,” Artistic Director Curt Columbus said. “This swashbuckling, funny, and profound play will take audiences on a wild ride, one that will stay with them long after they leave the theater. Playwright Rivera is one of the great talents of the American Theater, and under the direction of one of our newest resident company members, Tatyana-Marie Carlo, the words and ideas in this remarkable play will delight and inspire.”
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Tatyana-Marie Carlo is a Puerto Rican director from Miami, Florida who received her BFA in Acting from the New World School of the Arts and her MFA in Directing from the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program in spring 2020. At Trinity Rep, she directed Fade in 2019, and her work in the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program includes References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, She Kills Monsters, and Commedia de las Equivocaciónes a bilingual Spanish/English adaption of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors by Kufa Castro. Carlo has worked on the Trinity Rep and Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) partnership, Teatro en El Verano, which brings free bilingual adaptations of classic plays to locations throughout Rhode Island. In 2018, she directed The Tempest/La Tempestad and in 2019 she was at the helm of Much Ado About Nothing/Tanta Bulla ¿Y Pa Que? She has been commissioned to direct both locally and nationally, and she was the artistic director of Micro Theater Miami. Tatyana was named the 2019 Matt Harris Directing Fellow at Williamstown Theater Festival.
“Sueño by José Rivera, the adaptation of Life is a Dream/La vida es Sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, examines the role of fate and destiny on humanity,” Tatyana said. “Rivera manages to make dense Golden Age language relevant and cutting. Reflecting his ingenuity, we’ve placed it on the set of a telenovela traveling from 1600s Spain to modern-day Rhode Island.”
Tatyana will work alongside Patrick Lynch (set design), Shahrzad Mazaheri (costume design), Christina Watanabe (lighting design), and Germán Martinez (sound design).
The production’s cast features resident company members Daniel Duque-Estrada as the cursed prince Segismundo and Anne Scurria as Basilio, Segismundo’s father and king of Spain. Rounding out the cast are guest artists Rudy Cabrera, Catia, Victor Neto, and Arturo Puentes, all of whom previously featured in Teatro en el Verano productions directed by Tatyana, and Brown/Trinity Rep students Alfredo Antillon, Andrew Gombas, and Jihan Haddad.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
José Rivera is an Obie award-winning playwright, winning for the play Marisol, which Trinity Rep produced in 2019. He has won multiple awards, fellowships, and grants, including a Fulbright Arts Fellowship in playwriting. His other works include Massacre (Sing to Your Children), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, and many others. He was the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar for adapting The Motorcycle Diaries.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Trinity Rep requires all attendees to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least 14 days have passed since the final dose), or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the prior 72-hours, or proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken in the prior 6-hours. All patrons regardless of vaccination status must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue. Details of Trinity Rep’s current health and safety protocol can be found at trinityrep.com/health.
Continuing Trinity Rep’s tradition of offering affordable tickets for all, the theater will have discounted previews of Sueño. Thursday, April 7 is a Pay What You Wish performance. Pay What You Wish tickets go on sale on the day of the performance at 2:00 pm in-person or on the phone
The Media Sponsor for this production is Rhode Island PBS. Trinity Rep’s 2021-22 Season is sponsored in part by the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on The Arts (RISCA). 110 Grill is Trinity Rep’s Opening Night Sponsor, and Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Trinity Rep.
TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY
Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater, Trinity Rep has created unparalleled professional theater for and with its community since its founding in 1963. Trinity Rep strives to facilitate human connection and has been a driving force behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region for more than 50 years.
Trinity Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by creating emotionally-stimulating live productions that range from classical to contemporary and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol has brought families together for more than four decades and made memories for over a million audience members. The 2021-22 Season launched in November with the holiday classic and continues with four subscription series productions which will run January through June, 2022: Tiny Beautiful Things, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, Sueño, and Fairview. For more information on the 2021-22 Season, visit Trinity Rep’s website at www.TrinityRep.com.
AT A GLANCE
Translated and adapted by José Rivera
From the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
April 7 – May 8, 2022
Director Tatyana-Marie Carlo
Set Designer Patrick Lynch
Costume Designer Shahrzad Mazaheri
Lighting Designer Christina Watanabe
Sound Designer Germán Martinez
Stage Manager Anaïs Bustos
Cast: The cast of this production features resident company members Daniel Duque-Estrada as Segismundoand Anne Scurria as Basilio. Joining them are guest actors Rudy Cabrera as Clotaldo, Catia as Rosaura, and Victor Neto and Arturo Puentes as Soldiers. Brown/Trinity Rep students Alfredo Antillon, Andrew Gombas, and Jihan Haddad will appear as Astolfo, Clarín, and Estrella, respectively.
Sueño Opening Press Night | Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm
Invitations and RSVP instructions coming soon
Pay What You Wish April 7 at 7:30 pm
Open Caption Performances April 10, May 4, May 7, and May 8 at 2:00 pm; March 4, 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 pm.
Sensory Friendly Performance April 27 at 7:30 pm.
Ticket Office (401) 351-4242; 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903
Group Sales (401) 453-9238; discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Ticket Prices Starting at $27
Season Sponsors Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation and RISCA
Production Media Sponsor Rhode Island PBS
Official Airline of Trinity Rep Southwest Airlines
Opening Night Sponsor 110 Grill