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March 26, 2015

Two Powerful Performers Return To The Getty Villa With Captivating Tales Of Ancient Greece

Master Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden


Emma Jacobson-Sive
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6941


Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden

Imagine being transported back to ancient Greece through the power of suggestion alone. Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, British storytellers renowned for their passionate, evocative and accessible retellings of Greek myths will return to the Getty Villa, bringing these ancient stories to life on April 10, 11 & 12 at the Getty Villa Auditorium. Drawing inspiration from the current exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, Lupton and Morden will animate the images from the Apulian vases in the exhibition, such as the depiction of Jason, the leader of the Argonauts and his hunt for the Golden Fleece. Lupton and Morden last appeared together at the Getty Villa in 2007 to great critical acclaim. They have performed all over the world on the radio, at festivals, at schools and in theatres, and their work as a pair includes the celebrated retelling of the Greek epics, as well as a book titled Demeter and Persephone. At the Villa they will recount “The Calydonian Boar-hunt,” a Greek episode of heroism told and re-told throughout antiquity that follows the great Meleager who sets out to slay a monstrous boar in the forest. A tale of revenge, fate and competition, appropriate for ages 12 and over, the moving story also touches on love and disappointment. These myths still have the power to charm and chill us today, remaining part of our consciousness millennia after they were first created.

Master Storytellers with Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden is scheduled Friday, April 10, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling 310-440-7300 or visiting The running time is approximately 90 minutes.
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