Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, With Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming, Opens at The Shed | Playbill

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Off-Broadway News Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, With Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming, Opens at The Shed Anne Carson's new piece explores the lives of two iconic beauties, millennia apart.

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, a new spoken and sung performance piece by poet, essayist, and scholar Anne Carson, opens at New York City's newest arts venue, The Shed, April 9. Performances began April 6 in The Shed's Griffin Theater.

Written by Carson, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy features music by Paul Clarke and direction by Katie Mitchell. Based on the stories of two famously beautiful women—Helen of Troy and Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane)—the production stars Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming.

Set in 1964, Norma Jean Baker of Troy sees an office manager hire one of his stenographers to come in at night and type out his translation of Euripides’ Helen, but his obsession with the recently dead Marilyn Monroe kidnaps the translation.

Watch an in-the-making video above.

“The #MeToo movement has given us new ways to think about female icons like Helen or Marilyn Monroe, new ways to revolve the traditional male version of such events 360 degrees and find different, deeper sorrows there,” Carson told The Shed. Read the full interview here.

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