Formidable Actors Head up Cast of Ancient Greek Tragedy, Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, From a Translation by Robert Fagles
August 11, 2008
Tony and Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly (Gypsy, Rabbit Hole, Judging Amy) and Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominee Delroy Lindo (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Cider House Rules, Kidnapped) have been cast in the Getty’s upcoming production of Agamemnon.
For this open-air staging, acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth resurrects Aeschylus' unsettling domestic drama of the House of Atreus, as told in a riveting translation by the late Robert Fagles. The ancient Greek tragedy will be presented in the Getty Villa’s outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 4 through 27, 2008.
Delroy Lindo plays King Agamemnon of Mycenae, a leader so determined to lay siege to Troy that he tricks his family and sacrifices his own daughter to the gods—all in order to secure favorable winds for his fleet. Tyne Daly plays Clytemnestra, the betrayed wife of Agamemnon, whose rage towards her husband ferments for a decade as he fights in the Trojan War. The play begins with the victorious king returning home to Argos, only to face the wrath of his adulterous queen. As the drama unfolds, a returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of a decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself.
Daly and Lindo head up a talented cast that includes Kathryne Dora Brown (Iphiginea), Frank Corrado (Chorus Leader), Burton Curtis (Watchman), Mark Deakins (Herald), Francesca Faridany (Cassandra), Nicholas Hormann (Chorus Leader), Bellina Logan (Electra), Timothy V. Murphy (Aegisthus), and Michael Winters (Chorus Leader).
Director Stephen Wadsworth has staged his witty, passionate, visually evocative reimaginings of plays and operas by Molière, Wagner, Handel, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, Coward, and other great artists for audiences worldwide. For this production of Agamemnon, Wadsworth worked closely over a period of years with the late Robert Fagles on a uniquely sophisticated and stageworthy adaptation of the play—one which retains both the complexity of Aeschylus’ poetic imagery and extends his language towards a contemporary American audience.
Renowned translator Robert Fagles, who passed away earlier this year, devoted a long and distinguished career to exploring and unlocking the works of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Homer for English-speaking readers and audiences. His translations of the classics were not only acclaimed by critics and scholars, but became best sellers that captured the wider public imagination. At the time of his final illness, Professor Fagles was very much looking forward to the Getty Villa premiere of this distinctive adaptation of the Aeschylus text, and the Getty is now honored to present an inspired collaboration between one of the nation’s visionary scholars and its most literate stage directors.
Agamemnon will also feature new music composed by Bruno Louchouarn and performed by T.J. Troy and Rob Elston; costumes designed by Rachel Myers; sets designed by Thomas Lynch and Torry Bend; and lighting designed by Stephen Bennett.
Agamemnon will be presented on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 4-27, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $38 ($32 students/seniors). To purchase tickets and for additional information, the public can call 310-440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.
# # #
About Public Programs at the Getty Villa:
The Getty Villa offers a variety of public programs including theater, musical performances, film screenings, Family Festivals, lectures, and seminars. These events complement the J. Paul Getty Museum’s permanent antiquities collection and changing exhibitions, as well as reflect the scholarly activities of the Getty Trust’s four programs. The predominant focus of the Villa’s public programming is on theater, rooted in Greek and Roman plays of antiquity. A major production is presented each fall in the outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. The Villa Theater Lab, a series that acts as an incubator for the development of new works in the classical canon, is featured each winter and spring in the Auditorium.
About the Getty:
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.
Sign up for e-Getty at www.getty.edu/subscribe/ to receive free monthly highlights of events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa via e-mail, or visit our event calendar for a complete calendar of public programs.