By Andrew Gans
29 Aug 2012
The cast of 13 will be led by Maxwell Caulfield as Menelaos, King of Sparta, and Rachel Sorsa as Helen with Chil Kong, Natsuko Ohama, Carlease Burke, Melody Butiu, Arséne DeLay, Jayme Lake, Robert Almodovar and Christopher Rivas. Jon Lawrence Rivera, artistic director of Los Angeles-based Playwrights’ Arena, will direct.
The upcoming production will debut a new adaptation by playwright Nick Salamone and a score by composer and musical director David O.
In Helen, press notes state, "Euripides' heroine is no wanton seductress, but rather a pious, faithful wife and a hapless victim of Olympian plots who struggles to make the best of a very bad situation. By a trick of the gods, this Helen never travels to Troy at all, but is replaced by a phantom replica on the eve of her kidnapping by Paris. The real Queen Helen is magically transported by Hermes to the far off island of Pharos in a cloud for safekeeping, where she waits out the Trojan War in an ironic celibacy. Helen picks up the story 17 years later, as the abandoned, middle-aged queen remains stranded on the island, oblivious to her infamy and ignorant of the war's outcome. As the play opens, the once-famous beauty wonders whether the gods, her husband, and the world have forgotten her forever. Needless to say, they have not, and Euripides' inventive fantasy of mistaken identities and impossible coincidences ensues."
Show times are Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM.
Tickets are $42 ($38 for students and seniors, $25 for preview performances). Tickets and further information are available by calling (310) 440-7300 or online.