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Tragedy at the Getty

September 01, 2014
The Persians by Aeschylus


The Getty Villa has long been one of Malibu’s favourite cultural destinations not least for its collection of more than 44,000 Mediterranean antiquities, staggering ocean views, and four lush, manicured gardens. But for the month of September, the Roman-inspired compound will attract even more visitors to its sumptuous surrounds than usual, courtesy of its 9th annual fall theatre production.


This year, the New York-based SITI company makes a return to the 400-seat, Grecian-style amphitheatre to present its take on the earliest surviving play by ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, The Persians. Widely regarded as one of the earliest pieces to provide commentary on historic events, the play’s first staging in 472 BC marks the advent of today’s theatre. And now, fast forward over 2,000 years, and director Anne Bogart breathes new life into the dramatisation with the help of Aaron Poochigian’s translation of the age-old text, and Tony-winning sound designer Darron L. West. The tragedy chronicles the emotional aftermath of Athens’ victory over the Persian Army in the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC when according to legend, King Xerxes’ arrogance evoked on the wrath of the gods, leading to his empire’s defeat. Drama, check. Stunning backdrop, check... It’s theatre time!


From September 4-27.


Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater / The Getty Villa / 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy / Malibu / +1 310 440 7300 / check for show times