March 4, 2010
A lesser-known comedy by Euripides, "Helen," turns the myth of Helen of Troy on its head. In this version, the face that launched a thousand ships never ran off to Troy with Paris but lived faithfully in Egypt while an impostor took her place. The play reading is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Free ($15 parking before 5 p.m.; museum ticket required). (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu.
September 9, 2010
A new translation of Sophocles' "Elektra" springs to life on the Getty Villa's outdoor stage. Starring Tyrees Allen and Olympia Dukakis, the spare and modern interpretation tells the tragic tale of willful memory, vengeance and the damage that happens to someone who refuses to forget. Getty Villa Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat. Ends Oct. 2. $42, (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
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October 4, 1999
I find it difficult to understand the opposition to the Getty Villa expansion plan (Sept. 29). Museums are located in residential areas all over the world. Consider the Huntington Library in San Marino or the Cloisters in New York City. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art conducts jazz concerts and there are numerous residents on the north side of the property. The Getty will be giving low-key concerts of classical music and plays by ancient Greek and Roman authors, not amplified rock festivals.
September 13, 2012 |
Those hoping to beat the late-summer heat with a little culture on the coast need to adjust their plans: The Getty Villa in Malibu announced it is closed Thursday as the result of a power outage. But doors will open at 6 p.m. so that Thursday's outdoor theater performance of Euripides' "Helen" can go on as scheduled, announced Julie Jaskol, the Getty's assistant director of media relations. ALSO: The Getty and Rome form a cultural partnership Art review: Aphrodite and the Gods of Love at the Getty Villa Getty parking changes prompt online petition from academics twitter.com/chrisbarton
August 31, 2013 |
At first, director Travis Preston wanted to seat the audience for "Prometheus Bound" at the Getty Villa where the actors would normally be: on the plaza in front of the museum that doubles as a stage for the Getty's annual late-summer outdoor productions of ancient plays. The drama would unfold high above the crowd, in the vacated rows and aisles of the Villa's steeply sloped Roman-style theater. The switch made sense for a play whose hero is chained to a mountainside above an ocean for having thwarted Zeus' plans.
April 10, 2013 |
There are at least three great reasons to see "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome," the newly opened antiquities exhibition at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. A major sculpture anchors each of the show's three rooms, and together they tell an accelerating story of artistic and social power on the ancient Mediterranean island. Chronologically, the first is a straightforward male torso, his finely chiseled marble body quietly brimming with latent energy. Second comes a preening charioteer, physically just larger than life but expressively very much so. And third is a depiction of a minor god with major fertility on his mind, his powerful physicality an embodiment of the contortions of carnal lust, both corporeal and psychological.