A Filipino Oresteia is set to take the stage in California
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Filipino Oresteia will be showing at the Getty Villa Theater Lab

‘The House of Baluyot: A Filipino Oresteia’ is written and directed by Guelan Varela-Luarca and Chay Yew
/ 06:33 PM November 07, 2023

A Filipino Oresteia will be showing at the Getty Villa Theater Lab

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In a remarkable and culturally resonant artistic venture, the Getty Villa Theater Lab is set to unveil “The House of Baluyot: A Filipino Oresteia.” This performance delves into the multifaceted stories of authority, migration, and transgression within a Filipino immigrant family’s experience in California.

The upcoming shows, taking place at the Getty Villa on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., promise an engaging journey through a contemporary adaptation of classic Greek theater.

This captivating project, co-produced by East West Players, is brought to life by the two talented writers and directors, Guelan Varela-Luarca and Chay Yew. Their creative vision reimagines the timeless Greek epic, “Aeschylus’s Oresteia,” through the lens of Filipino culture. It’s a unique interpretation of a classic narrative, celebrating the strength and resilience of Filipinas while centering the story on justice.

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Filipino Guelan Varela-Luarca is an accomplished playwright, translator, actor, and director. His thought-provoking works often explore social and political themes within a theatrical context, making him a significant figure in contemporary Filipino theater.

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Chay Yew, born in Singapore, is a renowned playwright and stage director. His extensive portfolio includes serving as the artistic director of the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and directing numerous successful productions across the United States. Yew’s work delves into complex cultural and social issues, using theater as a platform for important dialogues.

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As the curtains rise on this performance, it promises not only to captivate the audience but also to spark meaningful discussions about the intersection of culture, history, and justice. To be a part of this unique cultural experience, purchase your tickets online.

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