"All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn
which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey,
for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds."
- Virginia Woolf
In the pantheon of women literary figures, perhaps no writer is more deserving of being the subject of a play than Aphra Behn. Behn was (arguably) the world’s first professional female playwright and remains a role model for writers to this day. Beyond her work as a playwright, Behn was also a spy, poetess, political figure, and novelist. Her voice was one perfectly attuned to the attitudes of the Restoration period and she proved to be a feminist long before that word was coined.
OR, this remarkable and impeccably crafted play by Liz Duffy Adams, is much like the historical figure it centers around. OR, is intrinsically intelligent, sumptuously sensual, persistently playful, full of frivolity, loves its language and is chock-full of surprises.
It is rare that I come across a play with so many of the qualities that warrant a production on the Dobama stage. The writing is superb. This play is beautifully written with dynamic, sharp, clever poetic language. It’s relevant. This play is thought-provoking and addresses themes and issues that are as true today as they were in the 1660s or the 1960s. It’s by women, starring women (mostly). Whenever planning a season, it’s important to tell many different types of stories on the stage with diverse voices. It’s fun. You can take a die-hard theatre lover or first-time theatre goer to this play and they’re going to have a good time. It’s sexy. And sex sells.
For those reasons (and many others), it’s with great pleasure that we kick off our 2015/16 Season with OR, by Liz Duffy Adams. It’s apropos that we begin the year with this play given this season’s theme - Past is Prologue. We hope you enjoy the improvements we’ve made over the summer to our lobby areas, audience engagement programming, and website in our ongoing effort to enhance your theatre-going experience. So get strapped in for a stellar line-up of plays this season at Dobama Theatre. It’s going to be a wild ride.
With Love and Respect,
Nathan Motta, Artistic Director