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Olympia Dukakis, Annie Purcell to star in 'Elektra' at Getty Villa

August 2, 2010 |  4:01 pm

Dukakis The new production of Sophocles' "Elektra" that opens in September at the Getty Villa will boast some top-notch acting talent in the form of Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis, Tony-nominee Manoel Felciano, Pamela Reed and Annie Purcell.

Directed by Carey Perloff, the artistic director of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, "Elektra" will run at the Getty Villa near Malibu from Sept. 9 to Oct. 2.  The production will feature the debut of a new translation by award-winning British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Purcell will play the title role of Elektra, the daughter of King Agamemnon who develops an all-consuming obsession with her dead father. Dukakis, who won a supporting actress Oscar for "Moonstruck," will play the role of the Chorus while Reed will take the part of Elektra's mother, Clytemnestra. 

Felciano -- a Tony nominee for the 2005 revival of "Sweeney Todd" on Broadway -- is set to play Orestes, Elektra's brother.

Perloff directed the Ezra Pound version of "Elektra" at New York's Classic Stage Company in 1987, with Reed in the title role. 

The new production of "Elektra" will play at the Getty Villa's Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. It will run in parallel with the the museum's exhibition titled "The Art of Ancient Greek Theatre," which focuses on artistic depictions of stage productions in ancient Greece.

-- David Ng

Photo: Olympia Dukakis. Credit: Randi Lynn Beach / For the Los Angeles Times

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