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Hippolytos

Date: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 7—30, 2006
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater
Tickets: $38; students/seniors $32.

Award-winning playwright and theater director Stephen Sachs presents this thrilling new adaptation of Euripides' timeless drama from a new translation by noted poet and classicist Anne Carson.

Hippolytos is the first major production from the Getty Villa's theater program and the inaugural presentation in the Villa's dramatic Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, an outdoor classical theater based on ancient prototypes.

The performance runs in conjunction with the exhibition Enduring Myth: The Tragedy of Hippolytos and Phaidra, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa through December 4, 2006. The exhibition illustrates the enduring allure that the myth has held for audiences through the ages. The galleries will be open to ticket holders from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the evenings of each performance.

About the Play
First performed in 428 B.C., Hippolytos is a masterpiece of psychological complexity by ancient Athenian playwright Euripides (480–406 B.C.). It recounts the myth of queen Phaidra's consuming, doomed love for her stepson Hippolytos. Just as man is a fragile balance of body and spirit, the four central characters in Hippolytos find themselves tangled in a knot of opposites—the holy and the unhealthy, the sensual and the spiritual, the erotic and the eternal, desire and the divine. The dangerous relationship between man and god is also brought vividly to life.

Please note that this production is not intended for children under 12.

Shuttle and Dining Options
For your convenience, a free shuttle from the Getty Center in Los Angeles to the Getty Villa in Malibu is available to each individual who purchases a Hippolytos event ticket for September 7–30. Advance reservations are required. The free shuttle will pick up guests at the Getty Center parking structure and will leave the Getty Center at 6:30 p.m. Ticket holders must present their event tickets prior to entering the shuttle. The shuttle will depart the Getty Villa promptly at 10:00 p.m. Please make your reservation by the Monday before the performance date purchased by faxing in the form below or calling (310) 440-7300. Shuttle space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Box dinners are also available for pre-order, to be picked up at The Cafe at the Getty Villa before the performance. Please use the form below to call or fax in your menu choices and payment information by the Monday before the performance date purchased.

Download the shuttle reservation and box dinner form. (PDF, 79 KB)

Please note that visitors will not be permitted to enter the site with food, beverages, or alcohol. All bags may be subject to security inspection, and backpacks and bags larger than 11 x 17 x 8 inches must be checked at the coat check in the Entry Pavilion.

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The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater