The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; advance ticket required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Seating in the Auditorium is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking fee: $15

 
The Greek poet Euripides presented his play Medea in Athens in 431 B.C. Psychologically complex and innovative in its own time, it is today one of the most produced and adapted of all ancient Greek tragedies, as its themes continue to speak to contemporary crises of family and society.

Renowned playwright and performer Luis Alfaro discusses his re-imagining of Medea at the Getty Villa and reveals his fascination with Greek drama and its continued relevance. Using classical plays as a backdrop for new conversations about the socio-cultural issues of urban Latino life, new audiences are introduced to ancient stories. Reflecting on his productions Electricidad, Oedipus el Rey, and Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, Alfaro talks about the ways he engaged people from dozens of communities throughout the United States to develop his contemporary adaptations while remaining true to the original texts.

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at the Getty Villa through October 3. Get information and tickets.

About Luis Alfaro
Luis Alfaro is a Chicano writer known for his poetry, short stories, journalism and multi-faceted work in theatre. Born and raised in downtown Los Angeles, Alfaro is a MacArthur Fellow, Joyce Fellow, the first Andrew S. Mellon Playwright in Residence at the storied eighty year-old Oregon Shakespeare Festival (through 2016) and a professor at the University of Southern California. He has adapted three Greek classic plays, Electra, Oedipus the King, and Medea to contemporary settings in Los Angeles today, garnering over 45 productions collectively, and winning Chicago's Jeff Award for Best New Play (Mojada), San Francisco's Glickman Prize, and the L.A. Weekly Best Adaptation Award (Oedipus El Rey) along the way.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 2:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Guests attending that evening's performance of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles are welcome to stay on site after the galleries close at 5:00 p.m. However guests will be required to pass the time in the Entry Pavilion between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. while staff make preparations for re-opening the site and the performance.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.