Your hosts are joined by real actors to do an unrehearsed read of Calderón's 1636 comedy La Vida Es Sueño, using Stanley Appelbaum's 2002 translation. Think Shakespeare but in Spain. Concluding with a short discussion by the cast. After listening to this, listen to our discussion of the philosophical issues the play raises.
The players recorded all in one room in NYC on 4/7: Talene Monahon (Rosaura), David Epstein (Segismundo), Bill Youmans (Clotaldo), Erica Spyres (Estrella), Chris Martin (Basilio), Mark Linsenmayer (Clarín), Seth Paskin (Astolfo), Dylan Casey (soldier 1 and servant 1), and Wes Alwan (soldier 2 and servant 2). Also featuring giggling!
To get an idea of what it was like for us recording this thing, here's some live video of the event: a clip from Act Two featuring David, Talene, and Bill.
Watch on YouTube.
Editing and sound effects by Mark Linsenmayer. With music by Jonathan Segel, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #38.
Image by Solomon Grundy.
Sponsor: St. John's College Graduate Institute: partiallyexaminedlife.com/sjcgi.