The Getty Villa will launch the start of 2020 with two new theater programs on back-to-back weekends.
The Villa Theater Lab series continues on the last weekend in January with award-winning playwright Meghan Brown’s “Cowboy Elektra” directed by Sean Cawelti. On Feb. 2, the Villa hosts a staged reading of Tony nominee Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Eurydice.”
In “Cowboy Elektra,” audiences encounter dusty crossroads where California history and Greek tragedy collide. Set in a saloon in 1869, Elektra’s investigation of her father’s death leads to a tragic revenge plot against her mother. The performance features vintage puppetry, multimedia visuals and original saloon songs by Zach Lupetin of music ensemble Dustbowl Revival.
Ruhl’s play features actors and opera singers in a staged reading of “Eurydice (2003).” The reading is part of LA Opera’s Eurydice Found, running from Jan. 11 through March 15, an L.A. festival dedicated to new perspectives on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
A conversation will follow the reading with Ruhl and the score’s composer, Matthew Aucoin, about the process of translating the play to opera. Selections from the opera will be performed by LA Opera’s Young Artist Program.
Performances for “Cowboy Elektra” will be held in the Villa Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24; 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $7 at getty.edu/visit/cal/events/cowboy_elektra.html.
The play-reading of “Eurydice” will be held in the Villa Auditorium at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2. Tickets are free and available starting Jan. 3 at getty.edu.
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. For information, call (310)440-7300, or visit getty.edu.
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