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Hope College Theatre will present Helen by Ellen McLaughlin on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 10-13, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theater.
“Helen” tells the story of Helen of Troy, the famed character from the ancient Greek play by Euripedes. In McLaughlin’s play, Helen never actually makes it to Troy, but lands in an Egyptian hotel room, waiting for her husband Menelaus to retrieve her. Alone in her suite, she receives visits from Io and Athena and tries to make sense of the myths surrounding her life. “Helen is essentially a comedy. It plays with the mythology surrounding the title character and touches upon several themes associated with her narrative,” said Daina Robins, who is the play’s director as well as a professor of theatre and chairperson of the department. “The power of the phenomenon of human beauty, the difference between identity and image, and personal story versus immortal and impossible myth, are issues explored throughout the play.”
Tickets for “Helen” are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope faculty and staff, and $5 for students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and may be called at (616) 395-7890.