Oh, that Aphra Behn. She didn’t let being a woman in the 17th century hold her down…along with being one of England’s first professional female writers, she found time to travel and pick up work as a spy on the side. A play based on her life, ” Or,” is now at Seattle Rep; read Misha Berson’s review of it here.
Want a real slice of her life? The Endangered Species Project is staging a reading of her 1686 play, “The Lucky Chance; Or, An Alderman’s Bargain,” on April 14 (read about it here). It was a hit in its time — you know how those ribald farces go — but was later termed “too indecent to be ever represented again.” It wasn’t performed for nearly 300 years. Seattle is lucky to have an organization like ESP, whose motto is “hear the great plays you seldom see.”