Daly and Lindo Star in Open-Air Agamemnon in Malibu Sept. 4-27

News   Daly and Lindo Star in Open-Air Agamemnon in Malibu Sept. 4-27
 
Tony Award winner Tyne Daly plays vengeful wife Clytemnestra opposite Tony nominee Delroy Lindo as the returning title king in an open-air California production of Agamemnon, directed by Stephen Wadsworth at the Getty Villa. Performances begin Sept. 4.
Tyne Daly and Delroy Lindo
Tyne Daly and Delroy Lindo

The Villa's programming is focused on Greek and Roman antiquity. The Robert Fagles translation of the classic ancient Aeschylus tragedy will play Thursdays-Saturday through Sept. 27 in Malibu, CA.

Tony Award winner and Emmy Award winner Daly appeared in Broadway's Gypsy (Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical, 1990) and Rabbit Hole (Tony nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Play), and is widely known for TV's "Judging Amy" and "Cagney and Lacey."

British-born Lindo appeared in Broadway's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, for which he was Tony-nominated as Best Featured Actor in a Play. His many film credits include "The Cider House Rules," "The Christmas," "Sahara," "The Core" and the TV movie "Lackawanna Blues."

The "unsettling [458 B.C.] domestic drama of the House of Atreus" plays in the Getty Villa's outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater.

* According to the Getty, "Delroy Lindo plays King Agamemnon of Mycenae, a leader so determined to lay siege to Troy that he tricks his family and sacrifices his own daughter to the gods — all in order to secure favorable winds for his fleet. Daly plays Clytemnestra, the betrayed wife of Agamemnon, whose rage toward her husband ferments for a decade as he fights in the Trojan War. The play begins with the victorious king returning home to Argos, only to face the wrath of his adulterous queen. As the drama unfolds, a returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of a decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself."

The cast also includes Kathryne Dora Brown (Iphiginea), Frank Corrado (Chorus Leader), Burton Curtis (Watchman), Mark Deakins (Herald), Francesca Faridany (Cassandra), Nicholas Hormann (Chorus Leader), Bellina Logan (Electra), Timothy V. Murphy (Aegisthus) and Michael Winters (Chorus Leader).

Wadsworth has staged reimaginings of plays and operas by Molière, Wagner, Handel, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde and Coward around the world.

Renowned translator Fagles, who died earlier this year, devoted a long and distinguished career to exploring and unlocking the works of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Homer for English-speaking readers and audiences. His translations became best sellers that captured the wider public imagination.

"For this production of Agamemnon, Wadsworth worked closely over a period of years with the late Robert Fagles on a uniquely sophisticated and stageworthy adaptation of the play — one which retains both the complexity of Aeschylus' poetic imagery and extends his language towards a contemporary American audience," according to the Getty.

Agamemnon will also feature new music composed by Bruno Louchouarn and performed by T.J. Troy and Rob Elston; costumes designed by Rachel Myers; sets designed by Thomas Lynch and Torry Bend; and lighting designed by Stephen Bennett.

A special talk with the director, "Living with Aeschylus's Agamemnon," will be held at 2 PM Sept. 27.

The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Tickets are $38 ($32 students/seniors). To purchase tickets and for additional information, call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.

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The Getty Villa offers a variety of public programs including theatre, musical performances, film screenings, Family Festivals, lectures, and seminars. These events complement the J. Paul Getty Museum's permanent antiquities collection and changing exhibitions, as well as reflect the scholarly activities of the Getty Trust’s four programs. The predominant focus of the Villa's public programming is on theatre, rooted in Greek and Roman plays of antiquity. A major production is presented each fall in the outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater.

The Villa Theater Lab, a series that acts as an incubator for the development of new works in the classical canon, is featured each winter and spring in the Auditorium.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on the visual arts in all their dimensions, "recognizing their capacity to inspire and strengthen humanistic values. Through the work of the four Getty programs — the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation — the Getty aims to further knowledge and nurture critical seeing through the growth and presentation of its collections and by advancing the understanding and preservation of the world's artistic heritage. The Getty pursues this mission with the conviction that cultural awareness, creativity, and aesthetic enjoyment are essential to a vital and civil society.

Delroy Lindo and Tyne Daly in <i>Agamemnon</i>
Delroy Lindo and Tyne Daly in Agamemnon Photo by Craig Schwartz
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