Aphra Behn was the first female writer to earn a living through her literary work. She was a poet, novelist, playwright and spy in England during the period of the Restoration. Although her writings survive, the details of her life are hazy. However, contemporary playwright Liz Duffy Adams has taken characters known to have been associated with Behn and created a delightful play which is running from July 23 to September 4 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Bob and I interviewed the cast while they were in rehearsal and we talked a great deal about the process of creating the world of a play in the specific space of the Tina Packer Theatre. This was most enlightening. However, as much as we anticipated seeing the play, we were not prepared for how exhilarating the performances were. This is a production not to be missed.