The comic heroes of Culture Clash and guest director Bill Rauch invoke the revolutionary spirit of Aristophanes in freely adapting his zany and visionary utopian escapade Peace for the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater.
In 421 B.C., the 27-year-old comic playwright Aristophanes launched a ribald and scathing theatrical assault on Athens' entrenched "military-industrial complex." High on Mount Olympus, the ogre War has imprisoned the goddess Peace and holds sway over all of Greece; while on Earth below, a small band of rustic patriots hatch a daring plot to engineer her rescue and restore Peace to the land.
Please be advised that Peace contains adult language and bawdy humor and is not suitable for children.
Culture Clash is the nation's most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe. For 25 years, writer-actors Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siquenza have imitated the workings of social anthropologists, digging deep into America's racialized culture to formulate their outrageous brand of satire. Peace is their second dramatic encounter with Aristophanes at the Getty Villa.
A special talk with Culture Clash and John Glore, co-adapter of the play, will be held on October 3.
Previews: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 3, 4, and 5
Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 10‘«ŰOctober 3
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater
Tickets: Previews $20. Performances $42; students/seniors $36. Call (310) 440-7300 or get them online here.