- Jan. 8, 2014 - STAUNTON, Va. -- Or, by Liz Duffy Adam,
takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott—who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning. Can Aphra save Charles’ life, win William a pardon, resist Nell’s charms, and launch her career, all in one night? Against a background of a long drawn-out war and a counter-culture of free love, cross-dressing, and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s look a lot like the 1960s in this neo-Restoration comedy from the playwright the San Francisco Bay Guardian
called “an artist of playful and highly literate imagination, radical instincts, and sardonic but generous humor.”
Playwright Liz Duffy Adam's awards include a 2012 Women of Achievement award,a 2010 Lily Award for playwrighting,a 2008 Weston Playhouse Music-Theatre award, a 2006 NYFA award, a 2006 Frederick Loewe award in Music-Theatre and the Will Glickman award for Best New Play in 2004 (for Dog Act). As well as residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the arts, and the Djerassi Resident Artists program. Liz Duffy Adam was profiled in American Theatre magazine, December 2004.
The play is being produced by graduate students in Mary Baldwin College's Shakespeare and Performance program, and is directed by Susan Scaccia, with Kendra Emmett as stage manager. The play stars Mara Sherman as Aphra Behn, and Nicola Collett and Danielle Guy who both portray multiple roles.Performances are on February 3 and 4, 2014 at 8pm,both nights, at the Blackfriars Playhouse, American Shakespeare Center,102 South Market St. Staunton, VA 24401.Admission is Free (Pay what you will),
For more information about the play, cast, and crew, visit the website http://Ortheplay.com