The Helen Project
Written By: Kristen M. Scatton Directed By: Carly L. Bodnar
The world knows the story of Helen of Troy - or it thinks it does, anyway. The most beautiful woman in history, known as either a fallen woman whose adultery started a decade-long war or a helpless victim in need of rescuing, Helen has yet to tell her side of the story. But that’s all about to change. In The Helen Project, Helen invites the audience to discover the woman behind the face that launched a thousand ships by offering glimpses into her life – Helen as a young girl learning the ropes of female beauty at her mother’s feet; Helen’s rise to fame as a teen fashion model and then a Spartan queen, and of course, Helen’s affair with Prince Paris of Troy and the resulting Trojan War – as told through her eyes.
The Helen Project is a brand-new, full-length one-act play that mixes elements of classical Greek drama (use of a chorus, simple staging, direct address) with contemporary storytelling techniques and a healthy dose of anachronisms and fantasy. It's an ensemble-based piece; the actor playing Helen in each scene changes, to represent the many forms that beauty can take, and show the different facets of this complex woman who has historically been portrayed as largely one-dimensional.