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Anathan Entertains with Life is a Dream


The show will run for two weekends

Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—There's something rotten in the state of Poland, as the audience will discover during Life Is a Dream, Franciscan University's fall production.

Life Is a Dream is arguably the best of the more than 100 plays written by the Spanish Golden Age playwright and Jesuit priest Pedro Calderon de la Barca. It follows the story of Prince Sigismund, who has been locked away by his father because it was decreed by the stars that the prince would grow up a tyrant. When Poland is in need of a new king, King Basilio concocts a plan to test his son's nature. One night Sigismund falls asleep in captivity and the next morning wakes up to discover that he is the king of Poland.

Directed by Professor Shawn Dougherty, chair of the Fine Arts Department, Life Is a Dream opens Friday, November 6, at 8:00 p.m. Performances on Saturday, November 7; Friday, November 13; and Saturday, November 14, will also be held at 8:00 p.m. Matinee performances on Sunday, November 8, and Sunday, November 15, will begin at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be in the Anathan Theatre, ground level of Egan Hall, on the Franciscan University campus. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Religious and children 12 and under are free.

Tickets are available now through Toni Aeschliman, Franciscan University faculty secretary, at 740-283-6245. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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