There's an air of Greek tragedy in Spanish playwright Calderon de la Barca's 1635 work Life Is a Dream. When astrologers told the Polish King his son would bring harm, he had the Prince imprisoned at birth. Years later, the King decides to see if the fortune tellers were right and has his son released. If anything goes wrong, he will have the Prince thrown back in prison and tell the young man he was never free — it was just a dream. While the King has pondered his son's hidden nature from a distance, outsiders have arrived in the kingdom with their own interests in the royal house.
Sueño, which is Spanish for dream, is Puerto Rican playwright Jose Rivera's adaptation of the classic work. Rivera employs contemporary dialogue and a bit of magical realism as the Polish royals weigh questions of fate and determination. Cripple Creek Theatre Company presents the show at First Unitarian Universalist Church May 24 through June 10, and there will be a free production at Duncan Plaza. Tickets $25. 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2903 Jefferson Ave.; www.cripplecreektheatre.org.