Each fall, this series features a classical tragedy or comedy in the Getty Villa's dramatic Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, an outdoor theater based on ancient prototypes.

Prometheus Bound
by Aeschylus*


A new translation by Joel Agee
Directed by Travis Preston
Produced by CalArts Center for New Performance in association with Trans Arts

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 5–28, 2013
8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater

Tickets: $42; students/seniors $38.
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The Titan Prometheus, progenitor and champion of humankind, has stolen fire from Mount Olympus, giving rise to human civilization. As punishment, he is doomed by Zeus to spend eternity chained to a mountaintop, where Prometheus rails against the gods and all the world's injustices. Witness the timeless tragedy—and victory—of the prisoner who refuses to be silent in the face of tyranny.

Of the surviving ancient Greek dramas, Prometheus Bound is one of the most beautifully written, theatrically unique, and theologically profound. It has also proved one of the most notoriously challenging to translate and present to contemporary audiences. This year's Annual Outdoor Theater Production at the Getty Villa marks the world premiere of poet Joel Agee's faithful, impassioned new translation in a highly innovative staging by the visionary artists of CalArts' Center for New Performance.

See what the critics are saying!
"This searing production at the Getty Villa in Malibu, could not be more compellingly contemporary in its emotions and themes."
The Hollywood Reporter
"This Prometheus... is one of the clearest and... the most theatrically assured. Best of all, it establishes a dialogue between the world of 5th century B.C. Athens and our own. Truly, this is a revival."
Los Angeles Times
"[Preston] uses the museum's echoing surrounding space to create one of the most haunting sonic entrances I can remember. [The Chorus] will make you believe that the mythical sirens really existed."
KCRW

*Authorship attributed to Aeschylus in antiquity, but debated by modern scholars.

Banner Image: © 2005 Richard Ross with the courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust

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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.