Dates: November 13-23, 2014, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Location: Staller Center for the Arts, Theater 2
Ticket Price: $20 General Admission / $10 Students with ID
Website: facebook.com/SBUlifeisadream

As theatre demands a new definition, Stony Brook’s Theatre Arts Department explores an electrifying new direction of performance in their upcoming production of “Life is a Dream.” Opening November 13 in the Staller Center’s Theater Two, this edgy interpretation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s classic, co-directed by Margarita Espada and Phillip Baldwin, immerses the audience in the mind of the performer.

This adaptation combines Espada’s extensive practice in movement theatre with Baldwin’s experience in multimedia and digital technology to develop an entirely fresh approach to the 17th century play. Directors, performers, and designers work together to craft a stunning visual experience. “The origin of the drama perhaps goes back to the parable of Zhuangzi wondering if he was a man who dreamt of being a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming of being a man,” said Baldwin. Through the use of cutting edge interactive and virtual reality technologies such as the Oculus Rift and Kinect, the collaborative team will explore rarely seen potentials of modern theatre, giving life to the experience of ‘the dream,’ the foundation of Calderón de la Barca’s original work.

“The play challenges narratives of power by exploring how illusion becomes ‘reality’ in a world bombarded by media images,” said Espada. The audience is immersed in a spectacular world of performance where they enter ‘the dream,’ evoked by an ethereal set, roaming performers, and otherworldly projections. While theatre-goers are invited to sit in unconventional bleacher seating, traditional seating will be available for those with disabilities.

The production runs November 13-23, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, and will be performed in Theater Two of the Staller Center for the Arts on Stony Brook University’s campus. General admission tickets are $20 for the public and $10 for students with ID. Please contact the Staller Center box office at 631-632-ARTS for more information regarding tickets.



Photo Credit: Brian Rogers @ the Chocolate Factory (Long Island City, Queens)
from the Obie Award-winning production This Was the End, dir. Mallory Catlett


RETHINKING THEATRE - We are dedicated to mentoring the individual student to achieve his/her full potential. We strive for academic and artistic excellence and foster critical thinking, creativity, originality and scholarship. A respect for past traditions, a commitment to innovative work that embraces new forms and technology, and an exploration of what is unique to the live theatre experience are at the core of our training.


Programs and Opportunities

The Department of Theatre Arts offers a BA Theatre Arts, a minor in Media Arts and an MA in Theatre. With a railroad stop right here on campus connecting us with Manhattan, students have the opportunity to see professional theatre in New York City and take advantage of course offerings at our Manhattan campus. Graduate students also take advantage of courses at our Southampton campus, which offers a Writer’s Conferences during the summer that includes the participation of renowned playwrights and theatre artists from the New York area.

The Department produces a wide range of material on our main stage and in lab productions, from classical work to the newest voices in the American theatre. We also operate two smaller black box theatres, including the graduate experimental ‘cabaret’ called The Underground. Both spaces house several classes a day as well as provide a home for many theatre productions. 

Several programs have grown to supplement our main stage productions and graduate and undergraduate theatres. Since 1995, we have produced an award- winning prevention through the arts program. The students earn upper division theatre credit while writing, directing, and performing an original work based on real stories about experiences with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 

In 2003, we honored the centennial of the birth of American dramaturg John Gassner by instituting the first annual John Gassner New Play Festival. The festival includes a national new play contest managed by our literary office and staffed by advanced graduate student dramaturgs. Readings take place in Manhattan and involve the participation of professional actors, dramaturgs and playwrights from the New York theatre scene.

We also have the Staller Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art performing arts facility that presents professional theatre, dance and music groups from around the world, and produces the acclaimed annual Stony Brook Film Festival. 

The Charles B. Wang Center, celebrating Asian and American cultures, houses a restaurant, gardens, art galleries, and serves as a conference facility and presenting venue for numerous cultural events. 

We are committed to providing rigorous academic courses and to creating opportunities for our students to experience, critique and create performance that exploits theatrical potential in a rapidly expanding art form. 


Pocket Theatre presents:

Dinner Show

Shows with Dinner:
Halloween, Oct. 31 @ 8pm
Nov. 1 @8:30pm
General: $20
SBU Students w/ ID: $15
Shows without Dinner:
Nov. 1 @6pm
General: $15
SBU Students w/ ID: $10

Tickets available:
Staller Center Box Office
Department of Theatre Arts • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4340
Undergraduate Office: 631-632-7300 • Graduate Office: 631-632-7270 • Fax: 631-632-7261
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