Prometheus Bound
September 5–September 28, 2013
The Titan Prometheus has stolen fire from Mount Olympus, giving rise to human civilization, and is doomed by Zeus to spend eternity chained to a mountaintop, where he rails against all the world's injustices—a highly innovative staging of a faithful new translation at the Getty Villa's Outdoor Theater. Learn more...

Euripides' Helen
September 6–September 29, 2012
In this lighthearted and rarely performed play, Euripides reimagines Helen of Troy in middle-age and transforms her into a comic heroine, fighting to reclaim her husband, her throne, and her eternal good name. Learn more...

Trojan Women (after Euripides)
September 8–October 1, 2011
SITI Company, one of the country's leading theater ensembles, performed the world premiere of a new Getty-commissioned production, directed by Anne Bogart and adapted by Jocelyn Clarke. In the ruins of their burning city, the royal women of Troy—still mourning the slaughter of their husbands and sons—await enslavement and exile. Among the greatest of all antiwar dramas, the play is a timeless meditation on the moments of individual choice that separate death and life, despair and hope, future and past. Learn more...

Sophocles' Elektra
September 9–October 2, 2010
This was the world premiere of a newly commissioned translation by celebrated playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker of Sophocles' Elektra, which celebrates the human desire for justice and the costs exacted upon those who seek it. The Argive princess Elektra has witnessed the murder of her father (King Agamemnon) by her vengeful mother (Clytemnestra). She lives for the day when she can avenge that slaughter. For years, Elektra pines and prays, a prisoner in her father's palace, pinning all her hopes on the return of her younger brother, Orestes. Finally, the day arrives: justice is enacted. In this work, Sophocles demonstrates the importance of being careful about what we pray for. Directed by Carey Perloff, artistic director of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. Learn more...

Aristophanes' Peace
September 10–October 3, 2009
The comic heroes of Culture Clash—the nation's most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe—and guest director Bill Rauch invoked the revolutionary spirit of Aristophanes in freely adapting his zany and visionary utopian escapade Peace for the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater. High on Mount Olympus, the ogre War has imprisoned the goddess Peace and holds sway over all of Greece; while on Earth below, a small band of rustic patriots hatch a daring plot to engineer her rescue and restore Peace to the land. Learn more...

Agamemnon
September 4–27, 2008
Starring Tyne Daly and Delroy Lindo, this staging by acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth resurrected Aeschylus's unsettling domestic drama of the House of Atreus, heard in a riveting translation by the late Robert Fagles. In Agamemnon, the victorious Agamemnon arrives home with his surviving troops after the bloody battle for Troy. As the drama unfolds, a returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of the decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself. Learn more...

Tug of War
September 6–29, 2007
Director Meryl Friedman brought bawdiness and antic behavior to the stage in this theatrical production with music adapted from an original translation by Amy Richlin of the Roman comedy Rudens by Plautus. After a mighty storm wreaks havoc on a small coastal village, an old man searches for his lost daughter, two women of questionable reputation look for a better situation, and two impudent but resourceful slaves manage the whole affair. Learn more...

Hippolytos
September 7–30, 2006
Award-winning playwright and theater director Stephen Sachs presented this thrilling new adaptation of Euripides' timeless drama from a new translation by noted poet and classicist Anne Carson. First performed in 428 B.C., Hippolytos is a masterpiece of psychological complexity by ancient Athenian playwright Euripides (480–406 B.C.). It recounts the myth of queen Phaidra's consuming, doomed love for her stepson Hippolytos. Just as man is a fragile balance of body and spirit, the four central characters in Hippolytos find themselves tangled in a knot of opposites—the holy and the unhealthy, the sensual and the spiritual, the erotic and the eternal, desire and the divine. The dangerous relationship between man and god is also brought vividly to life. Learn more...

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