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Sat, Nov 06


The Bug Theatre

Life is a Dream / La Vida es Sueno

The lives of seven unassuming citizens of the 1950s, suddenly become entangled in the lives of citizens of the 1500s. With twists and turns, they will have to face their truth and face the consequences of their decisions. Why does history continue to repeat itself? Is this all a dream?

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Life is a Dream / La Vida es Sueno
Life is a Dream / La Vida es Sueno

Time & Location

Nov 06, 2021, 7:30 PM – Nov 20, 2021, 9:40 PM

The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211, USA

About the event


To enter the theatre, you must have a mask, proof of vaccination, and your ID. 

Anyone who cannot prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be turned away. Click here for more information on COVID protocols at the Bug Theatre.

About the show: 

It's been 400 years in the making... We are proud to premiere a thrilling new translation and adaptation of this epic Spanish play from 1636. With timeless themes, potent emotions, and subversive humor, Life Is a Dream reverberates across the centuries. Our lively new version mixes daring drama with ’50s doo-wop for an exhilarating night of entertainment.

Pedro Calderón de la Barca is Spain’s equivalent of Shakespeare. His masterpiece is a play from the Spanish Golden Age called La vida es sueño, which tells the tale of a royal child banished to a cave because of bad omens — until suddenly ascending to the throne. Is it all just a dream? Should we blame our genes or our upbringing for our flaws? Does absolute power corrupt? Or can we transcend the curse of being born under a bad sign?

This show has been a labor of love for Artistic Director Janine Ann Kehlenbach, and the realization of her own dream. For years, Janine has wanted to tell this touching tale to local theatre lovers. We're delighted to bring it to life with such a talented team.


Written by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Translated and adapted by Janine Ann Kehlenbach and the 11 Minutes Company

Directed by Janine Ann Kehlenbach


Jeff Bontrager, Patrick Brownson, Margaret Amateis Casart, Janine Ann Kehlenbach, Kevin R. Leonard, Alesha Machuca, and Veronica Straight-Lingo

Creative team: 

Terence Keane (assistant director), Kevin R. Leonard (technical director), Kevin Taylor (lighting designer), Alesha Machuca (costumes), and Beth Davis (stage manager)


The BUG Theatre in Denver (November 2021)

TBD - Performing at the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival in Spain (July 2022)


  • 2 hours 10 minutes

    Life Is A Dream

    The Bug Theatre

  • 2 hours 10 minutes

    Life Is A Dream

    The Bug Theatre
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