Oedipus at the Deaf Western Theater starring Russell Harvard et al to begin tonight at Getty Villa

The Getty Museum and Los Angeles’ Tony Award-winning Western Deaf Theater’s exciting new performance of Oedipus in Sophocles begins Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. PT and includes American Sign Language (ASL) and bilingual production of spoken English. Directed by Jenny Koons (Blue Man, Heels Head Over Heels, Pasadena Theater), Oedipus premieres at the Getty Villa Outdoor Theater as the 16th annual Outdoor Theater Production.

In a visually rich and innovative reimagining of Sophocles’ classic drama, Oedipus unfolds in the form of a murder mystery, political thriller, and psychological detective novel. In this saga of patricide and family complexities, Oedipus King faces not only legacy and destiny, but also culture and language. This reimagined work will center on American Sign Language and incorporate today’s technology to bring new artistic aspects to classic Greek literature.

The Oedipus cast includes Oedipus King (Broadway’s To Kill a Mockingbird, King Lear and DWT’s Spring Awakening), Treshelle Edmond (DWT’s Spring Awakening, Girls of Color on Broadway), Russell Harvard, the protagonist of Ashlea Hayes (“Changed at Birth”). , Amelia Hensley (DWT’s Spring Awakening), Matthew Jaeger (DWT’s Children of the Lesser Gods and 2018 Broadway Revival), Gregor Lopes (DWT and La Phil Fidelio), Andrew Morrill (Musician, Dancer, Olney Theatre Center) , On Shiu (“The Female Gaze,” “Last Place Trophy”), Alexandria Wailes (Girls of Color on Broadway, DWT’s Spring Awakening, and The Big River), Akia Takara (All About Araya, “Insecure”) and Jon Wolfe Nelson (“Insecure”) L word”, “blacklist”).

The show’s set design was done by Tanya Orellana, costume design by Jojo Siu, lighting design by Jared A. Sayeg, projection design by Yee Eun Nam, and music and sound design by Peter Bayne. ASL choreographers Andrew Morrill and Alexandria Wailes. DJ Kurs and Laura Hill produce for Deaf West Theatre.

Oedipus’ performances will be Thursday-Saturday, September 7th-October 1 at 8pm, with previews September 1-3, 2022 at 8pm, and a special veteran performance on Tuesday, September 13th at 8pm.

Thursday night shows are $40. (Students and seniors $36) Friday night shows are $42 and Saturday night shows are $48. Student and senior discounts are only available for Thursday night performances. Tickets for the preview are $25.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (310) 440-7300.

Oedipus deals with adult themes not recommended for those under 12.

For more information, visit DeafWest.org/Oedipus

Founded in Los Angeles in 1991, the Tony Award®-winning Theatre for the Deaf West (Artistic Director, DJ Kurs) engages artists and audiences in an unparalleled theatre experience inspired by Deaf culture and the expressive power of sign language, weaving American Sign Language (ASL). ) creates a seamless movement and sound ballet in spoken English. Committed to innovation, collaboration and training, Deaf West Theatre is an artistic bridge between the deaf and hearing worlds and a trusted resource for authentic storytelling and casting for film, TV and video projects. Projects include: Fidelio’s seminal production with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel; Jack Thorne’s Living Solids of Sugar Water; Our Town, Co-production with Pasadena Theatre; Edward Albee’s Zoo House, co-production with Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; Spring Awakening the Musical, transfer from Inner City Arts to Wallis, Then moved to Broadway (three Tony Award® nominations, including Best Musical Revival); American Buffalo (Los Angeles Times “Critics’ Choice”); Cyrano, co-produced with The Fountain Theatre (Los Angeles Theatre Critics Association Outstanding Production Award) ); The Big River Musical (the Los Angeles Theatre Critics Association and Backstage Garland Award for Best Musical at its Los Angeles premiere, a Tony Award® nomination, and four Broadway Drama Desk Awards); Pippin, on the Mark Taper Forum with Co-produced by Center Theatre Group; Sleeping Beauty Wakes up, also co-produced with Center Theatre Group, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; Oliver! (Ovation Award for Best Musical) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Ovation Award for Best Drama). In 2005, West Deaf Theater was selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to receive the highest recognition award for “outstanding contributions to improving and enriching the cultural life of deaf and hard of hearing performers and theater patrons.”

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