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Seneca's Phaedra

Dates: Friday, November 17, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 2006, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2006, 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required.

A year in the making, this staging of Phaedra by the Antaeus Company brings a strikingly contemporary vision of the myth of Hippolytos and Phaidra to the stage.

Stephanie Shoyer, a nine-time Drama-Logue award winner, directs this riveting version of the myth by Roman author and master rhetorician Seneca (about 4 B.C–A.D. 65), who lived under Nero's repressive rule. Seneca transforms the myth into a political allegory in which the dramatic conflict between Hippolytos's obsessive control and Phaidra's uncontrollable passions results in chaos and the tragic end of a dynasty.

The production complements the current exhibition Enduring Myth: The Tragedy of Hippolytos and Phaidra and the recently concluded sellout presentation of Euripides' Hippolytos in the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater.

About the Antaeus Company
The Antaeus Company is dedicated to keeping the classics of the theater alive. The company prepares its productions over months and even years in study cycles, readings, workshops, text and language examination, movement study, and historical research.

The L.A. Drama Critics Circle has awarded Antaeus the designations of best ensemble, best production, and best revival for productions such as Pera Palas, Mother Courage and Her Children, and Chekhov x 4.

The Antaeus Company performs Seneca's Phaedra

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.