‘Theatre on the Rooftop’ at the National Hellenic Museum

national-hellenic-museumThe National Hellenic Museum’s inaugural “Theatre on the Rooftop” series opens on Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. with a tour-de-force performance of “Helen’s Troy,” featuring Megan Wells as Helen of Troy, the “face that launched a thousand ships.”

The original one-woman show is both epic and intimate: intensely researched from the history, literature and mythology surrounding the legendary Trojan War.

“Megan is a powerful and dynamic storyteller and we are honored to have her as the inaugural performer for this summer’s ‘Theatre on the Rooftop’ series,” said National Hellenic Museum executive director Elizabeth Martin.

“Helen’s Troy” is the story of the Trojan War as seen through the eyes of Helen of Troy.

Wells, an award-winning actor and director, embraces the story with passion, portraying powerful, multi-dimensional characters that offer a familiar story from a fresh perspective.

”I think that what’s really key to understand is that women in Sparta were raised differently than other Greeks,” said Wells. “Most people think of her as Helen of Troy, what most people don’t realize is that first she was Helen of Sparta.”

“Theatre on the Rooftop” continues Thursday evenings in July with Oedipus, Iphigenia, and Agamemnon performed by the Hypocrites Theatre group.

Tickets for “Helen’s Troy” are $15 and include admission to the museum. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased at nationalhellenicmuseum.org.