By Liz Duffy Adams
Directed by Aaron Posner
April 12 – May 7, 2017
Desperate to get out of a career in espionage, up-and-coming playwright Aphra Behn just landed her first commission for a professional company—if she can deliver her play by dawn. But in a world of sex and spies, can Aphra save the life of King Charles II and launch her budding writing career all in one night? With echoes of Restoration comedy, this playful farce is a rush of madcap antics and rollicking intrigue.
Photos by Grace Toulotte.
Liz Duffy Adams Or, premiered Off Broadway at Women’s Project Theater and has been produced numerous times since, including at the Magic Theater and Seattle Rep. She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Women of Achievement Award, Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Will Glickman Award, Weston Playhouse Music-Theater Award, and MacDowell Colony residencies. Her work has also been produced or developed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire, among others. Other plays include A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World; Buccaneers; Dog Act; Wet or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitude; The Listener; The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, The Train Play; and One Big Lie. Publications include Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in Applause’s “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001,” Or, in Smith & Kraus’ “Best Plays Of 2010,” and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. Adams has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University. She has dual Irish and American citizenship, is originally from the northern coast of Massachusetts, and divides her time between western Massachusetts and New York City.
Aaron Posner Previous Round House credits include Stage Kiss, the musical A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage (book, lyrics and direction), and My Name is Asher Lev. Locally, Aaron has directed at Arena Stage, Folger Theatre (where he is an artistic associate), Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Theater J, and Woolly Mammoth. In addition to the two listed above, his plays Stupid Fucking Bird, Life Sucks (Or The Present Ridiculous) and The Chosen have all appeared on local stages as well as in hundreds of productions around the country and abroad. He has won five Helen Hayes Awards as a director and an author, The John Gassner Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award (New York), two Barrymore Awards (Philadelphia), an Elliot Norton Award (Boston) and a Bay Area Theatre Award (The Bay Area). He lives in Maryland with his wife, actress Erin Weaver, and their amazing daughter, Maisie.
Paige A. Hathaway