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date: 18 June 2019

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In this chapter, Mary-Kay Gamel explores the variety of adaptations of Greek drama that has been staged on the west coast of the United States since 1970. From those performed in outdoor theaters, especially at the Getty Villa where a production of ancient drama is now staged every year, to international and nationwide touring productions such as Deborah Warner’s Medea and Tadashi Suzuki’s many Japanese-inflected Greek adaptations, Gamel examines their performance on the west coast. She considers the Peter Sellars/Robert Auletta production of Aeschylus’ Persians, as well as Ellen McLaughlin’s version of the same tragedy, and performances of ancient epic such as 2010’s The Salt Plays. The chapter goes on to examine Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad, Oedipus el rey, and Bruja (based on Medea) before ending with discussion of the work of scholar-practitioners such as Marianne McDonald and Gamel herself.

Keywords: west coast, outdoor theaters, Getty Villa, Medea, Japan, Tadashi Suzuki, Persians, Peter Sellars, Ellen McLaughlin, Epic, Luis Alfaro

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