PHOTO CALL: 'Cosby''s Rashad Featured in Public's Helen

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The Public Theatre's George C. Wolfe came out to party with Helen (and TV) star Phylicia Rashad April 3. Helen officially opens Oct. 8 at the Public Theatre.

In Ellen McLaughlin's Helen, Donna Murphy plays a woman not of Troy, but Cairo, downing protein shakes and having facials. "The legendary Helen spends the Trojan War stranded in a hotel room in Egypt, baffled by her odd escape from history," according to The Public's production notes. "Longing to be returned to her own myth, she swats flies, has her nails done and channel surfs, searching for news of the war for which she will be blamed." It's billed as "a comedy of consequence."

— By Christine Ehren