Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
About Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
It is 1964. An office manager has hired one of his stenos to come in at night and type out his translation of Euripides’s Helen, but his obsession with the recently dead Marilyn Monroe kidnaps the translation.
Norma Jeane Baker of Troy is a spoken and sung performance piece by poet, essayist, and scholar Anne Carson, intimately and powerfully staged by Katie Mitchell, whom the Guardian calls “Britain’s greatest living theater director,” in The Shed’s 500-seat Kenneth C. Griffin Theater. Actor Ben Whishaw and soprano Renée Fleming star in an exploration of the lives and myths of Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—iconic beauties who lived millennia apart.
“The #MeToo movement has given us new ways to think about female icons like Helen or Marilyn Monroe, new ways to revolve the traditional male version of such events 360 degrees and find different, deeper sorrows there.” — Writer Anne Carson on the show’s main themes.
90 Minutes, no intermission