Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Hannah Elless, Jennifer Blood, Nick Gaswirth and More Will Read Helen of Troy in Manhattan

Developmental readings of Helen of Troy, a comic adaptation of Homer's "Iliad" that features a book and lyrics by Zoe Samuel and music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen, will be held May 1 at the new Pearl Studios in New York City.

Hannah Elless
Hannah Elless

Directed by Marlo Hunter (Off-Broadway's Unlock'd), the cast includes Hannah Elless ( Godspell, The Other Josh Cohen), Jennifer Blood ( Unlock'd), Bill Dietrich ( Jekyll & Hyde), Jeremiah James ( The Fantasticks), John Garry ( Spamalot), Brad Nacht ( Billy Elliot), Wilson Bridges ( The Silver Cord), Nick Gaswirth ( A Christmas Story), Stephanie D'Abruzzo ( Avenue Q), Andrew Cristi ( A Christmas Story), EJ Zimmerman ( Avenue Q national tour), Jane Bruce ( Elf national tour), Christiana Little, DeAnne Stewart, Sarah Ziegler, Courtney Love and Garen McRoberts.

Daniel Rein ( Les Misérables 25th anniversary national tour) provides musical direction for the 11 AM and 4 PM readings.

Helen of Troy, according to press notes, "tells the story of a spoiled but beautiful princess. When Helen runs away from an arranged marriage, her brother-in-law Agamemnon launches a thousand ships to bring her back. Helen finds herself trapped between a self-obsessed Trojan prince, Greek soldiers thirsting for plunder, and meddlesome deities who love nothing more than a good conflagration, If she is to undo the mess she has created, Helen will have to become more than just a pretty face."

Helen of Troy was previously developed by the Lark Play Development Center at Vassar New York Stage & Film, the Princeton University Players and Coastal Carolina University.

Theatre professionals interested in attending the May 1 readings should email producer Jennifer Isaacson at