PHOTO CALL: That Face, That Face: Helen Celebrates

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Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The cast of Helen celebrates the opening of the new Ellen McLaughlin play at the Public Theatre April 3. They are Marian Seldes, Donna Murphy (who stars as Helen), Denis O'Hare and Joanna Day.

In McLaughlin's Helen, 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." Helen's official opening night is April 8.

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— By Christine Ehren