Pedro Calderón de la Barca. LIFE IS A DREAM

  • Director

    Gediminas RIMEIKA

  • Duration

    2 h (one act)

  • Stage

    New Stage

  • Premiere date

    23th February, 2023

  • N-14


Hearing the prophecy that the sole heir to the throne – prince of Poland Sigismund – will bring misfortunes to his country and take over his father’s throne, King Basilias imprisons his son in a tower. After reaching adulthood Sigismund is released from the tower and soon learns about his real ancestry. He faces the unfamiliar world, which seems to merely be a dream for him. It brings out the prince’s darkest desires and awakens his greed and passion for ruling. If all of it is just a dream, is one still responsible for their actions?

In “Life is a Dream” by a distinguished Baroque author, Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, adventures entwine with philosophy, revenge, thirst for fame, love and intrigues. By interpreting this classical play creators of the production analyse the conflict between free will and destiny, delve into the contradictions of the existing reality and the one, that is being made up, as well as study the questions of justice and wisdom.

Director of the performance Gediminas Rimeika says: “This play delves into the fundamental topics, that have already become archetypes. These are thirst for glory, love, bloodline. Calderón portrays people burning with genuine passion and shows to what lengths they are willing to go in pursuit of their goals. This production is a fusion of classical and avant-garde theatre, giving audience a chance to drift into a dream, filled with intrigue, love, resentment and revenge”.


Gediminas Rimeika is known in Lithuanian theatre as both: an actor and a director. In 2010-2012 he studied theatre directing in Klaipėda University, in 2016 he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (course led by Oskaras Koršunovas). After having played prominent roles in performances directed by Oskaras Koršunovas, Łukasz Twarkowski, Antanas Obcarskas, and Paulius Markevičius, Rimeika started directing himself in 2019. His directorial works can be characterised by attention to the actor, and openness for experimentation.


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  • Director — Gediminas RIMEIKA
  • Composer — Agnė MATULEVIČIŪTĖ
  • Set Designer — Oles MAKUKHIN
  • Costume designer — Sandra STRAUKAITĖ
  • Light Designer — Julius KURŠYS
  • Choreographer — Paweł SAKOWICZ
  • Producer — Rusnė KREGŽDAITĖ
  • Technical Manager — Vladislav BAJAZNYJ



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