Theatre at Grand Valley presents Helen

Theatre at Grand Valley presents Helen

Theatre at Grand Valley presents

Helen

Written by Euripides

New translation by Diane Rayor

Directed by Karen Libman

March 24 - April 2, 2017

March 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1 . .  . . 7:30 p.m.

March 26 and April 2 . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m.

Adults $12.00, Alumni, Seniors, Faculty & Staff $10.00, Students & groups $6.00

Tickets at the door are $1.00 additional. Tickets are all reserved seating.

Premier production, in a new translation, surprises and delights with its intriguing take on an ancient tale.

In Euripides’ Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world never abandoned her husband Menelaus for the Trojan prince, Paris. Instead, the gods made Paris a phantom Helen from a cloud, and dropped off the real Helen in Egypt for safe-keeping during the Trojan War. Seventeen years later, Menelaus lands shipwrecked in Egypt with his reclaimed phantom bride. How will Helen persuade him that she is the real Helen? Can she escape marrying the Egyptian king and prevent him from killing Menelaus? Can her cunning win them a ship home to Greece? Is this a tragedy or a comedy?

To see some photos from the production, please click here!

Read an article about the March 24 - April 2, 2017 performance in the Lanthorn about the show by clicking here!

Listen to WGVU's interview with Dr. Diane Rayor: Grand Valley Professor translating the classics.

To view a copy of our program, please click here!

Helen

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Mallory Caillaud - Jones is Helen. Photography by Alexianna Mundy. Publicity Make-up by Amber Miller.

See rehearsal photos and read about Helen in GVNow by clicking here!

Listen to WGVU's Shelley Irwin's interview with cast members!

And another interview . . .

Reception & Talk-backs!

THEATRE AT GRAND VALLEY 2016–17 presents Euripides’

Helen

PREMIER PRODUCTION OF A NEW TRANSLATION

Directed by Karen Libman

Translated by Diane Rayor

PERFORMANCES:

March 24, 25, 30, 31 & April 1 at 7:30 P.M.

March 26 & April 2 at 2:00 P.M.

ANCILLARY EVENTS, MARCH 24 – APRIL 2, 2017

Opening Night: Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Pre-performance Exhibition in GVSU Art Gallery (open until 7:15 p.m.)
    “Comfortably Numb” by Helen Projection Designer Nayda Collazo-Llorens,
    Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Art and Design
  • Post-performance Reception in PAC Lobby

Sunday Matinée: March 26 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Pre-performance Performance in 1103 PAC (12:30–1:15 p.m.)
    Scenes staged by participants in CLA 302 “Stages of Greek and Roman Drama” and presentations by participants in CTH 362 “Production Dramaturgy”
  • Pre-performance Reception in PAC Lobby (1:15–2:00 p.m.)
    Sponsored by National Theatre Honor Society Alpha Psi Omega

Thursday Evening: March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Pre-performance Exhibition in GVSU Art Gallery (open until 7:15 p.m.)
    “Comfortably Numb” by Helen Projections Designer Nayda Collazo-Llorens,
    Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Art and Design
  • Pre-performance Reception in PAC Lobby (6:30–7:15 p.m.)
    Sponsored by the GVSU Art Gallery
  • Moderated Post-performance Talkback in Louis Armstrong Theatre
    With Artists-in-Collaboration Karen Libman (director), Nayda Collazo-Llorens (projection designer), Pablo Mahave-Veglia (music designer and cellist), and Diane Rayor (translator)

Sunday Matinée: April 2 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Pre-performance Performance in 1103 PAC (12:30–1:15 p.m.)
    Scenes staged by participants in CLA 302 “Stages of Greek and Roman Drama” and presentations by participants in CTH 362 “Production Dramaturgy”
  • Pre-performance Reception in PAC Lobby (1:15–2:00 p.m.)
    Sponsored by National Classics Honor Society Eta Sigma Phi

Helen

Ancient text translated for modern theater production of 'Helen'

Ancient text translated for modern theater production of 'Helen'

As the legend is told, Helen of Sparta was the most beautiful woman in all of Greece. “The face that launched a thousand ships” fled to Troy with Paris, son of the Trojan king Priam, to escape her husband, Menelaus. This act of treachery instigated the 10-year Trojan War.

 


Published by University Communications' Forum

But, what if Helen never fled to Troy? That is the question proposed by Euripides, an ancient Greek playwright, in his play “Helen.”

First produced in 412 B.C., the play has been translated for modern audiences by Diane Rayor, professor of Classics, and will be performed by students March 24-April 2.

Rayor spent much of last year translating Euripides' writing into modern English through a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation. When translating ancient texts into performance pieces, Rayor said collaboration with all parties involved in a production is key.

"By revising a draft in collaboration with actors and their director during rehearsals, I fine-tune the translation into a truly actable script that combines accuracy with lively performance," she explained. "When someone stumbles on a line, asks what something means, or unconsciously changes something, those are all clues to me that revisions need to happen."

Mallory Caillaud-Jones portrays Helen in the production, and said participating in the translation process helped her connect to her character more deeply.

"This process allows us to have a voice in how we think our characters would word certain things, which in turn bring us closer to them," she said. "It is very daunting to have to put yourself into the mind of a character whose entire life has been derailed by hundreds of people dying in her name because of a war her husband waged because of his hurt pride."

"Helen" draws expertise from theater, Classics, music and dance, and art and design.

Nayda Collazo-Llorens, who is currently serving as the distinguished artist-in-residence, has created video projections that will be used during the production. Also, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, associate professor of cello, will perform the music of "Helen," with, at times, a chorus of 13 female student voices.

"I think that audiences will find the play to be a completely sensory experience due to the combination of actors, video and music," said Karen Libman, professor of theater and "Helen" director.

Productions of "Helen" will take place March 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m., and March 26 and April 2 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Performing Arts Center, Louis Armstrong Theatre.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and Grand Valley alumni, faculty and staff, and $6 for student groups. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Louis Armstrong Box Office at (616) 331-2300.

There are many additional events during the run of "Helen." For a full list of related events, visit http://gvsu.edu/s/0pb.



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