Outdoor Classical Theater

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In Search of Euripides’ Helen

Euripides Helen at the Getty Villa

For over a year I’ve had the pleasure of working as a dramaturge with Nick Salamone, the playwright of this year’s Villa outdoor theater production of Euripides’ Helen. During rehearsals this summer I got together with Nick and director Jon… More»

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An Interview with the Creative Team behind Euripides’ “Helen” at the Getty Villa

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“It’s a whole lot of fun to roll up to rehearse at the Getty Villa on a daily basis,” says Maxwell Caulfield, the actor headlining the Getty Villa’s outdoor theater production of Euripides’ Helen, presented by Playwrights’ Arena. In this… More»

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A Living Artifact: “Trojan Women (after Euripides)” Premieres Tonight

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Tonight at 8:00 p.m., the Getty Villa becomes a stage for the premiere of Trojan Women (after Euripides). It’s the culmination of years of work and refinement, both for SITI Company (presenting the play) and for the team at the… More»

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Nothing Happens, Everything Happens: Perspectives on “Trojan Women (after Euripides)”

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“People don’t understand why Trojan Women is such a great play, because they say nothing happens,” says director Anne Bogart, explaining why SITI Company chose to adapt the ancient drama for this year’s outdoor theater production at the Getty Villa. “In… More»

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SITI Company on “Trojan Women (after Euripides)” at the Getty Villa

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SITI company premieres a newly commissioned adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women at the Getty Villa on September 8. “We’ve been working for 20 years to do this play,” says Leon Ingulsrud, who helped found the New York-based ensemble in 1991. In… More»

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Reimagining Euripides: A 21st-Century “Trojan Women” at the Getty Villa

Playwright and dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke and SITI Company director Anne Bogart
Playwright and dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke and SITI Company director Anne Bogart

First performed over 2,400 years ago, Euripides’ Trojan Women is one of the most enduring and moving of classical dramas—and one of the greatest antiwar plays. Beginning September 8, renowned New York-based theater troupe SITI Company premieres a newly commissioned… More»

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Video: Manoel Felciano on Playing Orestes in “Elektra”

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Sophocles’ Elektra—which concludes its run at the Getty Villa this Saturday—is the story of a woman’s thirst for revenge: Elektra rages and plots against her mother (and her mother’s lover) for slaying her father. But Elektra’s brother, Orestes, is the… More»

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Video: Pamela Reed on Working with Carey Perloff and Olympia Dukakis

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Pamela Reed rips into the role of murderous queen Clytemnestra in Sophocles’ Elektra with gusto. She creates a character that reviewers have described as despicable, divalike, suave, snarky, and imperious—in short, a perfect and delicious villain. In this video, Reed… More»

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Video: Olympia Dukakis and Carey Perloff on the Making of “Elektra”

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“I will not participate in that patriarchy!” That was Olympia Dukakis’s reaction, almost 25 years ago, when director Carey Perloff approached her about starring as Clytemnestra in Ezra Pound’s translation of Elektra. Today’s production—with a text by acclaimed female  playwright… More»

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Video: Bonfire Madigan Shive on the Music for “Elektra” at the Getty Villa

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“A living, pulsing world” is what composer, cellist, and vocalist Bonfire Madigan Shive set out to create with her music for the Villa’s outdoor production of Elektra. Though it’s been described as haunting and subtle, the sound is also a… More»

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