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March 27 - April 13, 2014

WRITTEN BY Liz Duffy Adams

DIRECTED BY Jen Uphoff Gray

“Liz Duffy Adams’s historical romp of a backstage sex farce about Restoration playwright Aphra Behn displays style, humor, and jaw-dropping wit.”
– BackStage

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 int he 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. Late night 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 a plot to murder the king in the morning. Can Aphra resist Nell’s charms, save Charles’ life, win William a pardon, and launch her career, all before the sun comes up?

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State St,
Madison, WI 53703

Sponsored By:

Group Health Cooperate of South Central Wisconsin

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About the show


Performance Dates:
March 27 – April 13, 2014

Age Recommendations:


We strive to make our performances available to the entire community. This guiding principle captures the theater we aim to be.

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Amy Carle
Colleen Madden
Norman Moses
Creative Team
Frank Schneeberge
Set Designer
Jen Trieloff
Props Designer
Aimee Hanyzewski
Lighting Designer
Joe Cerqua
Sound Designer
Holly Payne
Costume Designer
Susan Gustaf
Kim Patch
Stage Manager
Olivia Bedard
Marja Barger
Assistant Director
Kevin Zimmer
Technical Director

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