Prometheus Bound

For this production, envisioned by director Travis Preston and scenic designer Efren Delgadillo Jr., the Outdoor Theater at the Getty Villa plays host to a five and a half-ton steel wheel to create a bold and brutal visual centerpiece for one of the most profound and theatrically unique ancient dramas.

Featuring poet Joel Agee’s heartfelt and faithful new translation, Preston’s forceful Prometheus Bound places the drama at the edge of civilization—and at the border between ritual and artistic expression—to explore injustice and man’s relationship to the eternal order of the cosmos. Composer Ellen Reid and celebrated jazz multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia provide an original score, performed live by Golia.

Prometheus is played by Ron Cephas Jones, a celebrated New York-based actor, whose most recent credits include the title role in Richard III for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and Caliban in The Bridge Project’s The Tempest, which was recently performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Old Vic in London, and on tour in Asia and France.  Jones’ previous classical roles include Othello (directed by Rupert Goold, incoming artistic director of the Almeida Theater in London) and Ajax at the American Repertory Theater. His performance in Labyrinth Theater Company’s Jesus Hopped the A Train was lauded in both the United States and London, and for his performance in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, Jones received a 2007 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in the Theater.

Mirjana Jokovic plays Io.  Her distinguished career in the United States includes work on Broadway (Electra), at the American Repertory Theatre (Full Circle, Winter’s Tale, Mother Courage, Othello), San Francisco’s ACT (Three Sisters), and the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey (Romeo and Juliet).  Her film work includes Serbian Girl, Vukovar, A Better Way to Die, and the leading role in Emir Kusturica’s Underground, which won the Palme d`Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, 2013