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The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro


Premieres November 6, 2020

Oedipus El Rey

Premieres November 13, 2020


Premieres November 20, 2020

Time: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET
Admission: Free; no registration necessary

The J. Paul Getty Museum is proud to partner with the Center Theatre Group in premiering MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro's Chicanx adaptations of Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey, and Mojada in streamed readings filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre over three Saturdays. Alfaro's award-winning trilogy of plays transplant themes of the ancient Greek tragedies of Electra, Oedipus the King, and Medea into the 21st-century streets of Los Angeles, giving voice to the concerns of the Chicanx and wider Latinx communities. With performances around the world, including celebrated runs at the Mark Taper Forum, The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Getty Villa, Alfaro's electric adaptations question the role that citizens and community play in the social issues facing us all today. Performed in English with Spanish captioning.

Greeks in the Barrio - A Conversation with Luis Alfaro

Monday, November 16, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Getty's YouTube channel
Admission: Free; no registration necessary

How are the ancient texts relevant for contemporary audiences experiencing these stories again, or possibly for the first time? What continues to make these stories resonate beyond their original context? Join award-winning playwright, poet, performer, and activist Luis Alfaro in conversation with Dr. Rosa Andújar, editor of The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro, as they explore the making of contemporary theater based on ancient Greek classics. Andújar and Alfaro examine his plays Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey, and Mojada, their intersections with Chicanx/Latinx culture, and the playwright's experiences with transferring ancient Greek tragedies to the contemporary barrio of East L.A.

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About the Speakers

Luis Alfaro is a Chicano writer/performer known for his work in poetry, theater, short stories, performance and journalism. Alfaro held a six-season tenure as the Mellon Playwright-in-Residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2013–2019) and he was a member of the Playwright's Ensemble at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre (2013–2020). Alfaro is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly known as a "genius grant," presented to people who have demonstrated expertise and exceptional creativity in their respective fields. Alfaro is also a Joyce Foundation Fellow. In 2019, Alfaro was awarded the PEN America/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Master American Dramatist, the United States Artist Fellowship from the Doris Duke Foundation, and the Ford Foundation's Art of Change Fellowship. Alfaro's plays and performances include Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey, Mojada, Delano, Body of Faith, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Straight as a Line, Black Butterfly, Bitter Homes and Gardens, and downtown. Alfaro spent over two decades in the Los Angeles poetry community and touring the United States and Mexico as a performance artist. He is a tenured associate professor at the University of Southern California.

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Dr. Rosa Andújar is a Dominican-American academic who has published widely on Greek tragedy in its original context as well as on ancient Greek drama's rich reception in modernity. She is the editor of The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro (Methuen Drama, 2020), co-editor of Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage (Bloomsbury, 2020) and of Paths of Song: The Lyric Dimension of Greek Tragedy (De Gruyter, 2018). She is currently based in the UK, where she is Deputy Director of Liberal Arts at King's College London.

Past Productions

Troubadour Theater Company Presents: The ODDyssey
Stay-at-home orders or not, nothing can stop the Troubadour Theater Company (aka: the Troubies) from giving us some much-needed comedy! The ODDyssey recounts Homer's epic tale in five webisodes, offering a whimsical retelling of Odysseus's adventure for audiences of all ages. Learn more...

Fourlarks' katabasis ('descent to the underworld') is a site-specific live music performance work that is part immersive concert and part ritual theater. Staged outside for an intimate audience, katabasis unfurls across the Getty Villa in a walking procession. Learn more...

SAPO featuring Buyepongo
Loosely based on Aristophanes' The Frogs, this play takes place in mid-1970s San Francisco, as a young Chicano band named SAPO—sporting afros, sweaty vests and bell bottom jeans—sets out to surpass Santana's success by making it big in the music industry with their own smooth acoustic Latin sounds. It's a slithery world of mischief, deception, and slippery hippy lily pads where anything goes. Adapted and performed by Culture Clash, with music by Buyepongo. Learn more...