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Euripides’ "Helen" Showing At The Getty Villa
Posted by Ryan J. Beard on Aug 29, 2012 - 7:06:55 PM
BRENTWOOD—This month, the Getty Museum and
Playwrights’ Arena announced in a press release the cast for Euripides’ "Helen"
showing during the seventh annual outdoor theatrical production in the Getty
Villa’s Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater.
Euripides’ "Helen" presents a classic twist on the
Legend of Helen of Troy.In
Euripides’ version, Helen is tricked by the gods into never traveling to Troy
at all.Instead, a ghost double
replaces her before the Trojan prince Paris can kidnap her.While war wages on, the real Queen Helen
safely waits far away on the Island of Pharos. Seventeen years later, the now
middle-aged queen awaits rescue and liberation from the island by her husband
Menelaos. However, when she hears that Menelaos is dead, Helen is forced to take
charge of the situation.
The play features Rachel Sorsa as Helen and Maxwell
Caulfield as Menelaos.Rachel
Sorsa is an award winning actress and singer who’s stage credits include Del
Shores’ "Yellow," "Angel Street," "Twentieth Century," and James Still’s "Searching
for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve."She currently can be seen in Del Shore’s film "Blues for Willadean."
Maxwell Caulfield was on Broadway in
the renowned "Chicago," along with "An Inspector Calls." Caulfield’s off-Broadway credits include "Entertaining Mr.
Sloane," "Class Enemy," "My Deah," and "Tryst."Within film and television, his credits include "Grease 2," "The Boys Next
Door," "Empire Records," "Gettysburg," "The Colbys," and "Dynasty."
Director Jon Lawrence Rivera stated, "We are
especially blessed to have two featured actors—Rachel Sorsa and Maxwell
Caulfield, our Helen and Menelaos—who are as witty and complex as the
characters Euripides presents in this remarkable play. I expect that Nick
Salamone’s wonderful adaptation will prove a revelation to theater-goers who
thought they 'knew' Euripides—he never ceases to surprise us."
“The Getty Villa’s annual outdoor theater production
is part of a year-round innovative theater program that enhances the museum
visitor's experience of the ancient world,” stated the J. Paul Getty Museum in
a press release.
Euripides’ "Helen" will be on stage September 6
through 29 at 8:00 p.m.Full priced tickets are $42; student and senior tickets are $38.Tickets and more information are
available at www.getty.edu.
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