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THE CURSED HOUSE OF ATREUS FALLS IN AESCHYLUS' "AGAMEMNON," THE GETTY VILLA'S THIRD CLASSICAL OUTDOOR PRODUCTION

Tickets Now Available for the Ancient Greek Tragedy, Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, From a Translation by Robert Fagles; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 4 - 27, 2008; 8:00 p.m.

July 21, 2008

LOS ANGELES—Tickets have gone on sale for this September’s upcoming production of Agamemnon in the Getty Villa’s outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. 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.

Agamemnon, the first play of the Oresteia trilogy, tells the story of King Agamemnon of Mycenae, who returns home to Argos after spending ten long years away in the bloody Trojan War, only to face the wrath of his adulterous queen, Clytemnestra. 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.

Director Stephen Wadsworth has brought his witty, passionate, visually evocative reimaginings of plays and operas by Molière, Wagner, Handel, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, Coward, and other greats to astonished audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Renowned translator Robert Fagles, who passed away earlier this year, tackled the works of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Homer during his lifetime. His translations were not only critically acclaimed, but became bestsellers that captured the public’s imagination.  

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.

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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.

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J. Paul Getty Trust Mission Statement
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on the visual arts in all their dimensions, recognizing their capacity to inspire and strengthen humanistic values. The Getty serves both the general public and a wide range of professional communities in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through the work of the four Getty programs—the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation—the Getty aims to further knowledge and nurture critical seeing through the growth and presentation of its collections and by advancing the understanding and preservation of the world's artistic heritage. The Getty pursues this mission with the conviction that cultural awareness, creativity, and aesthetic enjoyment are essential to a vital and civil society.

Visiting the Getty Villa: The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. A ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at www.getty.edu/visit or at 310-440-7300. Parking is $15 per car, but free after 5pm for evening events. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. For more information, call 310-440-7300 (English or Spanish); 310-440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.