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Oedipus El Rey

Premieres Friday, November 13, 2020


Premieres Friday, November 20, 2020


Premieres Sunday, November 22, 2020

Performances run through January 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT

Please be advised that The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro contain adult language and themes and are not suitable for children under 13.

Time: 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 readings filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. 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 captions.

Getty Museum se enorgullece en asociarse con Center Theatre Group para presentar las adaptaciones de las obras clásicas Griegas del Chicanx Luis Alfaro, Becario MacArthur: Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey [Edipo El Rey] y Mojada en lecturas filmadas desde el Teatro Kirk Douglas. La trilogía premiada de obras de Alfaro reproduce temas de trasplante de las antiguas tragedias griegas de Electra, Edipo el Rey y Medea en las calles de Los Ángeles en el siglo 21, dando voz a los intereses del Chicanx y las amplias comunidades Latinx. Con actuaciones alrededor del mundo incluyendo célebres presentaciones en los teatros Mark Taper Forum, The Public Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, y The Getty Villa, las adaptaciones electrizantes de Alfaro cuestionan el papel que los ciudadanos y comunidad despliegan a los problemas sociales enfrentándonos a todos hoy día.

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Oedipus El Rey

Directed by Chay Yew
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Oedipus El Rey

As he approaches the end of a lengthy prison sentence, Oedipus is ready to taste his long-awaited freedom. But physical liberation comes at a price, and life on the outside proves its own kind of prison ruled by a cruel and violent fate. Based on Sophocles' classic tale, Oedipus El Rey is an urgent examination of modern institutions, social barriers, and the power of storytelling for those bold enough to challenge the gods of our time.

Al llegar al final de una larga sentencia en la prisión, Edipo se prepara a probar su tan ansiada libertad. Pero la liberación física tiene su precio, y la vida por afuera se convierte en otro tipo de prisión gobernada por un destino cruel y violento. Basado en el relato clásico de Sófocles, Edipo El Rey examina urgentemente las instituciones modernas, barreras sociales, y el poder de los relatos para quienes son lo suficientemente audaces para desafiar a los dioses de nuestra época.

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Directed by Juliette Carrillo
Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Mojada

Medea and Jason have escaped the worst. After a harrowing journey across the Mexican–American border, the couple has made it safely to the States, where they can work toward a better life for their family. While Jason is convinced the future looks bright, Medea fears a darker fate as they face the challenges of living without documentation. Blending Euripides' classic with Mexican folklore, Luis Alfaro examines the tragedy behind America's immigration system and the destiny of one family caught in its grip.

Medea y Jasón han escapado de lo peor. Después de un viaje horripilante a través de la frontera Mexicana-Estadounidense, la pareja ha llegado a salvo a los Estados Unidos donde pueden trabajar hacia una vida mejor para su familia. Mientras Jasón está convencido que el futuro asegura verse brillante, Medea teme un destino más penumbroso mientras enfrentan los desafíos de vivir indocumentados. Mezclando el relato clásico de Eurípides, con el folklore Mexicano, Luis Alfaro examina la tragedia detrás del sistema de inmigración Estadounidense y el destino de una familia atrapada en sus garras.

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Directed by Laurie Woolery
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Electricidad

In the days following the murder of her father by her mother, Electricidad is committed to vengeance. To get it, she'll need her brother, Orestes, to return from Las Vegas and help her finish the job. Transporting Sophocles' Electra to the Los Angeles barrios, Luis Alfaro investigates violence, loss, and redemption through the lens of this age-old tragedy.

En los días después del asesinato de su padre por orden de su madre, Electricidad se compromete a la venganza. Para conseguirla, necesitará que su hermano, Orestes, regrese de Las Vegas y le ayude a llevar a cabo su plan. Transportando la obra Electra de Sófocles a los barrios de Los Angeles, Luis Alfaro investiga la violencia, la pérdida, y la redención por medio del conducto de esta antigua tragedia.

Greeks in the Barrio - A Conversation with Luis Alfaro

Date: Monday, November 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: YouTube
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.

In English with Spanish captions.

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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.

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