Each fall, this series features a classical tragedy or comedy in the Getty Villa's dramatic Outdoor Theater, a venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theaters.

The Gospel at Colonus
Adaptation and original lyrics by Lee Breuer
Adapted lyrics by Lee Breuer And Bob Telson
Music by Bob Telson
Directed by Mark J.P. Hood and Charles Newell
With associate director TaRon Patton
Co-produced by Court Theatre

Getty Villa Outdoor Theater
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September 7–30, 2023
ASL interpreted performances on Thursdays, September 14 and 21, 2023
8:00 p.m. PT
Getty Villa, Outdoor Theater

Thursdays: $45 general, $40 senior/student
Fridays: $50
Saturdays: $55

Parking is $10 after 6:00 p.m.

Soulful and stirring, this one-of-a-kind theatrical event reimagines the story of Oedipus as the centerpiece of a redemptive musical celebration. The blinded Oedipus arrives at the town of Colonus, near Athens, seeking rest after a lifetime of tragedy. But he is pursued by enemies, including his own son. Based on Sophocles's Oedipus at Colonus from the 5th century BCE, this adaptation blends Greek myth with Black spiritual practice for a jubilant, life-affirming journey.

See what the critics are saying!
"The chorus of powerhouse singers greet the audiences with beaming smiles and neighborly cheer. The communal spirit of the performers is extended to spectators. This warm embraces fosters a feeling of communion between the company and the audience...The show makes for a heavenly night under the stars at the Getty Villa's majestic Outdoor Theater."
Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Court Theatre's production at the Getty Villa is stunning. Beautifully cast with a fantastic onstage band (complete with Hammond organ, naturally), the evening is heartbreaking and joyous in equal measure."
— Anthony Byrnes, Opening the Curtain on LA Theater for KCRW

Based on an adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus in the version by Robert Fitzgerald and incorporating passages from both Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Antigone in the versions by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, which are published as The Oedipus Cycle of Sophocles, a Harvest/HBJ Book, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

See a list of previous outdoor theater productions at the Getty Villa.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, one mile north of Sunset on PCH. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.



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