A Brief History of Helen of Troy

A Chicago Premiere
By Mark Schultz, directed by Joanie Schultz

In this gruesomely dark comedy, a grief-stricken teenager sets out on a quest for love, fame, and beauty. Inspired by Helen of Troy and armed with an impressive array of beauty products, Charlotte sets off to fill the emotional void left by her mother's recent death.

September 2010

In the press

Jeff Recommended
"well crafted, intensely acted, shrewdly cast and frequently moving."
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"agonizing but ultimately powerful...[finds] comedy in Charlotte's misadventures until the pain kicks in in earnest." 
- Tony Adler, Chicago Reader
"eliciting gasps and laughs at once...[a] searing production"
- Zac Thompson, Timeout Chicago
"compelling and at times even funny amid all the emotional brutality. And director Joanie Schultz has clearly encouraged her actors to give almost unbearably raw performances. In fact, you might just start to worry for their mental health over a protracted run."
- Hedy Weiss, The Sun Times

Artistic Team

Peter Moore
Caroline Neff
Michael Salinas
Katy Boza
Nick Horst
Brandon J. Thompson

Director: Joanie Schultz
Stage Manager: Katie Adam
Scenic Design: Chelsea Warren
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Costume Design: Debbie Baer
Sound Design: Thomas Dixon
Assistant Director: Jacob Murphy
Production Manager: Brad Akin