The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

Plays written 2,500 years ago continue to lure directors and actors to the stage. What is it about these ancient stories that makes them endure? Acclaimed directors Anne Bogart and Tazewell Thompson discuss contemporary reasons for staging Greek tales of war, betrayal, and revenge, the struggle to stay true to the ancient voice, and why Euripides's Bacchae pushes the boundaries of Greek tragedy.

About Anne Bogart
Anne Bogart is a renowned director, playwright, essayist, and teacher. Bogart is the artistic director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992, and a professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Her works with SITI include Chess Match No. 5; Persians; Steel Hammer; A Rite; Café Variations; Trojan Women (After Euripides); American Document; Antigone; and Under Construction to name a few. Her latest operas include Handel's Alcina, Dvorak's Dimitrij, Verdi's Macbeth, Bellini's Norma, and Bizet's Carmen. She is the author of three books of essays on theater making: A Director Prepares; And Then, You Act; and What's the Story. She is a co-author of The Viewpoints Book, a "practical guide" to Viewpoints training and devising techniques widely taught at universities and drama schools.

About Tazewell Thompson
Tazewell Thompson is an internationally-acclaimed director of opera and theater with over 85 productions to his credit, many presented at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. where he served for numerous seasons as associate artistic director. Thompson is an award-winning playwright including Constant Star; Jam & Spice, The Music of Kurt Weill; A Christmas Carol, and Mary T. and Lizzy K. His production of Porgy & Bess at New York City Opera and broadcast on PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center" received Emmy nominations for Best Director and Best Classical Production. His upcoming projects include librettist for Blue, a world premiere opera with composer Jeanine Tesori and commissioned by Glimmerglass Festival in summer 2019, and an a cappella musical Jubilee: The Fisk Jubilee Singers, premiering spring 2019 at Arena Stage.

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. Check-in opens at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium lobby, doors open at 2:30 p.m. Seating is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. The Cafe is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Guests attending the performance later that evening are welcome to stay on site. Galleries will close between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., and guests will be asked to wait in the Entry Pavilion while staff prepare the site for the performance. Parking fee is $15. Additional information to help plan your visit is available here.

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.