About the production

Internationally celebrated guest director Dominique Serrand adapts Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s 1635 drama Life is a Dream, considered one of the greatest plays of the Spanish Golden age. Serrand reimagines this classic tale for an audience of today, focusing on timeless questions of destiny — what determines it, and whether we have the power to change it — and highlighting the illusionary nature of a surreal world not unlike our own, where truths are mutable, identities uncertain, and happy endings are never guaranteed.

ABOUT the artists

Paris native Dominique Serrand was Artistic Director and one of the co-founders of the celebrated Theatre de la Jeune Lune based in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1978-2008). The company was known for its visually rich, highly physical style of theater derived from clown, mime, dance and opera, as well as their reinvented classics and highly ambitious original work. Theatre de la Jeune Lune won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Regional Theater, and he was granted the 2005 USA Artist Ford Foundation Fellowship and the 2009 Bush Foundation Fellowship. Mr. Serrand has been knighted by the French Government with the Order of Arts and Letters.

Mr. Serrand has acted, conceived, directed and designed (sets/lights/video) for most Jeune Lune productions for over 30 years, concentrating primarily on directing. He has directed shows at American Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company and the Alley Theatre, among others.
Nathan Keepers (Artistic Associate) is Co-Artistic Director of The Moving Company in Minneapolis. Since 2009 MoCo has been making original creations and adaptations including; Come Hell and High Water, Werther and Lotte, Out of the Pan Into the Fire, All’s Fair, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Liberty Falls 54321, Every Sentence Is For The Birds, and most recently Refugia, in association with The Guthrie Theater. Nathan spent 11 seasons with Theatre de la Jeune Lune. In the Twin Cities Nathan has performed at The Jungle Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Sod House Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company. Nationally, Nathan works regularly, as an actor and director, with Actors Theatre of Louisville and has traveled to Berkeley Rep, American Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), The Folger Theatre. Nathan studied at The Burlesk Center with Pierre Byland in Switzerland, and Ecole Philippe Gaulier.
Connie Strayer has been designing costumes for over 25 years educationally and professionally. Some of her recent costume design credits include Importance of Being Earnest and Hay Fever for Stanford Repertory Theater; Cosi fan Tutte and The Flying Dutchman for Opera San Jose; Radio Golf for TheatreWorks; Amy Seiwart’s Les Biches, Robert Moses’ Bloom and It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker for Menlowe Ballet. As a textile artist, she has worked on numerous projects for the San Francisco Ballet such as Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Classical Symphony, Reflections, Fifth Season, Carnival of Animals, as well as Baz Lurhman Productions, Teatro Zinzanni, and ODC.
Erik Flatmo teaches set design in TAPS and has designed scenery for many TAPS productions including the musicals Oh What A Lovely War, Evita, The Color Purple, and Rent. He continues to work professionally as a set designer based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Stanford, he taught at Barnard College in New York City for three years where he also worked on theatre and dance projects ranging from Off-Broadway to Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera. Flatmo received a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University and an M.F.A in Design from the Yale School of Drama. He was born and raised in Palo Alto.
Tony Shayne received his BFA at University of Southern California & MFA UC Davis in Lighting & Scenic Design. He has worked on National & International productions including tours for dance including ODC Dance, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Sheetal Gandhi & Rosanna Gamson. His film and television credits include animation lighting for Family Guy (Fox) and Holidaze (ABC). He has served as the lighting intern at the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, and LA Opera. Currently, Shayne is the Production Manager for ODC in San Francisco and is the founder and lead consultant for Theory & Practice, a consulting company he started to encourage and uplift the productions of small non-profit dance.
Cliff Caruthers is a Bay Area-based sound designer and composer whose work has been heard from coast to coast and points between. Regional theater highlights include American Night, The Tempest, and The Seagull for Cal Shakes; Elektra, The Homecoming, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Race for A.C.T.; Crime and Punishment and TRAGEDY: a tragedy for Berkeley Rep; Julius Caesar for The Acting Company; Happy Days for the Guthrie; Gross Indecency and The Diary of Anne Frank for Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Troilus and Cressida for Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Ubu Roi and Pelleas & Melisande for the Cutting Ball Theater; Bug and Dead Man’s Cell Phone for SF Playhouse; The Happy Ones for Magic Theatre; The Loudest Man on Earth, The Clean House and Memphis for TheatreWorks; and Lasso of Truth, Circle Mirror Transformation, and 9 Circles for Marin Theatre. Mr. Caruthers is also co-curator and technical director of the San Francisco Tape Music Festival and has performed his electronic music compositions internationally.


Tickets $5-$15, Available Online Only.



We cannot accommodate late seating. Please leave ample time to find parking and locate the theater.

where to go

This performance is in Roble Studio Theater, located in Roble Gym at 375 Santa Teresa Street. For directions and parking information, CLICK HERE.

Running Time

Life is a Dream runs 90 minutes, without intermission.

a look behind the scenes