A new translation by Joel Agee
Directed by Travis Preston
Produced by CalArts Center for New Performance in association with Trans Arts
Thursdays–Saturdays, September 5–28, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater
Tickets: $42; students/seniors $38. Previews $25
The Titan Prometheus, progenitor and champion of humankind, has stolen fire from Mount Olympus, giving rise to human civilization. As punishment, he is doomed by Zeus to spend eternity chained to a mountaintop, where Prometheus rails against the gods and all the world’s injustices. Witness the timeless tragedy—and victory—of the prisoner who refuses to be silent in the face of tyranny.
Of the surviving ancient Greek dramas, Prometheus Bound is one of the most beautifully written, theatrically unique, and theologically profound. It has also proved one of the most notoriously challenging to translate and present to contemporary audiences. This year’s Annual Outdoor Theater Production at the Getty Villa marks the world premiere of poet Joel Agee’s faithful, impassioned new translation in a highly innovative staging by the visionary artists of CalArts’ Center for New Performance.
* Authorship attributed to Aeschylus in antiquity, but debated by modern scholars.
Prometheus Bound (Press Release)
Prometheus Bound (Director’s Note)
Prometheus Bound (Translator’s Note)
Prometheus Bound (About the Play)
Prometheus Bound (CalArts CNP and Trans Arts)
Prometheus Bound (CalArts CNP History)
Prometheus Bound (The Company)
Prometheus Bound (The Cast)
Prometheus Bound (Dining)
Prometheus Bound (Related Lecture)
Performance at the Getty Villa
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Top image: Ron Cephas Jones as Prometheus. Prometheus Bound at the Getty Villa. Photo: © 2013 Craig Schwartz