Written by José Rivera
Directed by Jane Jones
Believing his infant son, Segismundo, to be cursed, King Basilio banishes him to the tower for life. When the prince is finally released at age 25 to claim his birthright, it becomes clear that his solitary upbringing has turned him into a monster. In a script that teeters between the absurd and the sublime, Rivera deftly weaves Calderón’s grand poetic riffs with deliciously jagged contemporary humor, pulling this classic story of a distrustful, incompetent ruler into the present day.
This production of Rivera’s highly accessible adaptation, directed by Book-It Repertory Theatre co-Artistic Director Jane Jones, is a rare opportunity to engage with one of the most important—yet least produced—plays in the canon of classical theatre. Expect swords.
Previews: Tuesday May 23 & Thursday May 25 @ 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Friday May 26 @ 7:30
Sat, May 27 @ 7:30pm
Sun, May 28 @ 2:00pm
Wed, May 31 @ 7:30pm
Thu, June 1 @ 7:30pm
Fri, June 2 @ 7:30pm
Sat, June 3 @ 7:30pm
Sun, June 4 @ 2:00pm + pre-show lobby talk with Carlos Salazar, PhD student, Drama
NOTE: This production contains stylized violence and implied sexual violence.