A 23-foot, 5-ton steel structure recently rolled into Malibu, Calif., looking like a ferris wheel, but offering anything but amusement park fun. At least if you're Ron Cephas Jones.
The actor, who plays the lead role in an upcoming version of the Greek tragedy "Prometheus Bound," will spend most of the play strapped to the giant contraption, a staging that requires harnesses -- and surely some getting used to. The highly engineered kinetic sculpture brings a contemporary edge to the ancient play about the rebel god Prometheus, who gets chained to a remote mountain for eternity as punishment for defying Zeus by gifting fire to mere mortals.
In this avante-garde interpretation at L.A.'s Getty Villa, the giant wheel stands in as that mythological mountain top. … Read more