October 29, 2010

J. Paul Getty Museum Presents Spoken Word with Daniel Morden at the Getty Villa

Master storyteller performs "Metamorphoses" and a family-friendly version of
"The Trojan War"

At the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa

November 12, 13, and 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES—Experience two great works of classical literature in their most powerful form: performed live by one of Britain’s most acclaimed master storytellers, Daniel Morden, at the Getty Villa on November 12, 13, and 14. With gesture and voice, Morden revives the oral tradition, combining elements of poetry, classical theater, and popular oratory to create spine-tingling performances that convey the sound, fury, and emotional resonance of these two classic tales—one of which has been adapted for a family audience.

Morden has been delighting audiences all over the world for 21 years in live performances and on radio and television. In 2006, together with Hugh Lupton, he won The Classical Association Award for significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, November 12 and 13, at 8 p.m., Morden performs a program based on Metamorphoses, the first-century Roman poet Ovid’s darkly humorous and moving stories of transformation. Drawn from Greek mythology, these tales have served as the inspiration for countless works of art through the ages. Recommended for adult and teen audiences, tickets are $12. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, November 13 and 14, at 3:00 p.m., Morden performs epic tales of The Trojan War for a family audience. Wrote one critic for The Times of London: "I saw banquets and voyages, armies and oceans, battling heroes and ravening gods—all conjured out of thin air by a voice." Approximately one hour long, these tales are recommended for audiences over 8 years of age. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit

All performances take place in the Auditorium at the Getty Villa. Parking is free for performances after 5:00 p.m.

These spoken-word performances complement the exhibition The Art of Ancient Greek Theater, on view at the Getty Villa until January 3, 2011, exploring the many ways Greek drama was interpreted by Greek artists, whose works are frequently the only surviving evidence of the performing arts in antiquity.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7607

About the Getty:

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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Visiting the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. A ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car, but $10 after 5 p.m. for evening events. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish). The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Villa is at located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.

Public Programs at the Getty Villa: The Getty Villa offers a variety of public programs including theater, 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 theater, 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.


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