The Getty Villa
Daniel Morden, master storyteller

Experience two great epics in their most powerful form—performed live by master storyteller, Daniel Morden. With gesture and voice, Morden revives the oral tradition, combining elements of live poetry, classical and street theater, and oratory to create spine-tingling performances that convey the sound, fury, and emotional resonance of these two classic tales.

All performances take place in the Auditorium at the Getty Villa. Parking is free for performances held after 5:00 p.m.

Next in the series

Daniel Morden


Date: Friday and Saturday,
November 12 and 13, 2010
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $12.

Celebrated bardic storyteller Daniel Morden performs an evening program based on the first-century Roman poet Ovid's darkly humorous and moving stories of transformation. These tales are drawn from Greek mythology and serve as the inspiration for countless works of art through the ages. Recommended for adult and teen audiences.

Daniel Morden

The Trojan War

Date: Saturday and Sunday,
November 13 and 14, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Adults $8; $5 children.

Epic tales for a family audience by Daniel Morden, one of Britain's most acclaimed and recorded master storytellers. A critic for the Times (London) wrote of Morden, "I saw banquets and voyages, armies and oceans, battling heroes and ravening gods—all conjured out of thin air by a voice." Approximately one hour; recommended for audiences over 8 years of age.

Most recently in the series

The Trojan War and The Odyssey
Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 2007
Celebrated master storytellers Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton presented an enthralling weekend of epic tales for audiences young and old.

The story of the Trojan War, the epic ten-year siege touched off by a goddesses' quarrel and the kidnapping of the world's most beautiful woman, roared to life in this innovative and powerful retelling. Drawing on Homer's Iliad and other ancient accounts of the siege and fall of Troy, Morden and Lupton created a rattling good tale full of the wry humor, the poetic reflection, and the profound human observation of the Homeric vision.

The versatile Lupton and Morden also brought The Odyssey, one of the world's greatest adventures and adventurers, to life for a younger generation in this special family matinee. Kids and adults enjoyed the shared experience of this captivating retelling of one of history's most swashbuckling tales—Odysseus's fabled journey home from war complete with the Cyclops, beguiling sirens, shipwreck, journey to the underworld, and more.

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.