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Getty Villa Welcomes "The Persians": Breathing New Life into the First Drama

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/26/2014 11:12:00 AM

For this year's outdoor theatrical production from antiquity, the Getty Villa is hosting one of America's leading theatre ensembles, SITI Company. The play is The Persians by Aeschylus and is an emotional story of war, victory and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. When you're bringing a play first performed in 472 BC to a contemporary audience, how do you make it feel relevant and alive?

To answer this question, I talked to the play's director, Anne Bogart. She's won two Best Director Obie Awards, was one of the founders of SITI Company and is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Concentration. I also talked to two cast members: Ellen Lauren who plays the Queen and Leon Ingulsrd who appears as part of the Chorus.

Here is what they had to say about internalizing this ancient script and using voices and bodies to bring it to life ...

Hearing the Voices of LA at the Krupnick Festival of the Arts

Posted By: Kelsey McConnell · 8/19/2014 12:23:00 PM

Voices of LA: The Krupnick Festival of the Arts is a citywide collaborative series bringing Jewish artists together with artmakers from diverse communities across Los Angeles to create original works. For the festival, choreographer Danielle Agami and her company Ate9 were paired with Persian electronic musician Omid Walizadeh. Their collaboration, For Now, will be performed Sunday, August 24th at 3PM at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with Walizadeh DJing live on stage.

I talked to Agami about her dance roots in Israel's renown Batsheva Dance Company and the feelings behind For Now

To hear more of my conversation with Agami, who has already shaken up the LA dance scene after arriving here just a few years ago, listen to Arts Alive this Saturday at 8AM.

The second half of the Voices of LA series kicks off this Thursday, for more information and for free tickets to any of ...

Kenneth Turan Remembers Meeting A Then-Unknown Robin Williams

Posted By: KUSC · 8/13/2014 12:54:00 PM

Like many of you, we were stunned and saddened to hear about the death of Robin Williams earlier this week. His friends and family are in all of our thoughts.

We've been sharing our own Robin Williams memories and favorite roles with each other and wanted to share this story from film critic Kenneth Turan with you. Turan talked to Gail Eichenthal about when he first met Robin Williams and how he'll remember the legendary comedian and actor.

Big Fashion From the Small Screen

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 7/24/2014 9:55:00 AM

The art and artistry of Emmy-nominated costume designers is currently on display at the FIDM Museum in Downtown LA--from the jewels of Downton Abbey to the modern gothic garments of American Horror Story: Coven.

Here's our conversation with FIDM Spokesman and Designer Nick Verreos, Downton Abbey Jewelry Designer Andrew Prince, and Parenthood Costume Designer (and FIDM alum) Diane Crooke.

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Gucci black dress worn by Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven.

Wedding dress by Luke Reichle, Costume Designer, Castle.

Costumes and jewelery from Downton Abbey.


More from Downton Abbey.


photos courtesy Susie Goodman

The Wit and Wisdom of Elaine Stritch, In Her Own Words

Posted By: KUSC · 7/17/2014 10:11:00 AM

In 2008, when Elaine Stritch was in-between shows, former Arts Alive contributor Chris Stanley caught up with the show business legend at The Gallery tea room in Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel, Stritch's longtime home. They talked about Stritch's life and career, the toll her "partying" had taken, why she bristled at descriptions of herself as a "loud mouth," and her philosophies on life and death. In memory of Elaine Stritch, we'd like to share this interview once again.

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