by Liz Duffy Adams
March 27 – April 13, 2014
"Liz Duffy Adams’s historical romp of a backstage sex farce
about Restoration playwright Aphra Behn displays style,
humor, and jaw-dropping wit."
Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray
Wrong or righteous? Lust or love? Treacherous or true? Set in 1666 Restoration England, Or, comes complete with secret agents, cross-dressing, rhyming couplets, and lovers hiding in cupboards. It’s just one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be the first professional female playwright.
Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. Her new play has a chance at a production at one of the two London companies, but only if she can finish it by morning. Latenight interruptions spring from a sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; a complicated royal love, King Charles II; and a very suspicious ex-love, double- agent William Scott — who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning. Can Aphra resist Nell’s charms, save Charles’s life, win William a pardon, and launch her career, all before the sun comes up?