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Shakespeare & Company presents Or, by Liz Duffy Adams

Shakespeare and Company Presents Or,

by Liz Duffy Adams

Previews begin July 23, performances run through September 4

"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

(Lenox, MA) - Shakespeare & Company presents Liz Duffy Adams' playful comedy Or, based on the real life of Britain's first female playwright Aphra Behn. Directed by Alice Reagan and featuring Company actress Tod Randolph, the production runs July 23 through September 4 in the Tina Packer Playhouse and will be staged in-the-round.

“The play is bittersweet,” says director Alice Reagan. “We know that Aphra Behn would be forgotten and rediscovered many times in the more than 300 years since her death. And yet, the plot keeps moving, the world keeps spinning, and lovers will love. Or, is the story of one woman’s artistic beginnings and a larger story of a permissive, exciting moment in history when the culture shifted an inch or two, and a woman slipped in the door.”

Aphra Behn, known to history as the first credited female playwright, has one opportunity to have her play produced and fulfill her desperate desire to leave the spy trade behind her. The catch? She must finish and deliver her play by morning all while fighting off distracting romantic temptations, attempting to win a pardon, and trying to save the life of royalty. Her hectic antics unfold into a night of hilarity, passion, and self discovery that tells a story that transcends time.

“The language and the relationships in the show are absolutely delicious.” said actress Tod Randolph. “They are ambiguous and fluid—I was immediately drawn to the sexiness of the play.”

Reagan’s production of Or, features Company veteran Tod Randolph as Aphra, with Allyn Burrows as King Charles and Nehassaiu deGannes as Nell Gwynne. The creative team includes Sandra Goldmark (Set Design), Jeanette Yew (Lighting Design), Amy Altadonna (Sound Design), and Govane Lohbauer (Costume Design). Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets for Or, are available online at www.shakespeare.org or by calling Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353 during box office hours. Full-time Berkshire County residents receive a 40% discount for midweek performances during July and August. The Tina Packer Playhouse is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

AT A GLANCE

Production: Or,

Playwright: Liz Duffy Adams

Director: Alice Reagan

Assistant Director: Molly Clancy

Set Designer: Sandra Goldmark

Lighting Designer: Jeanette Yew

Sound Designer: Amy Altadonna

Costume Design: Govane Lohbauer

Voice and Text Coaching: Gwendolyn Schwinke

Sound Board Op: Iain Fisher

Wardrobe: Keira McGee and Rebecca Regina

Stage Manager: Hope Rose Kelly

Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Kemp

CAST

Aphra Behn: Tod Randolph

King Charles, others: Allyn Burrows

Nell Gwynne, others: Nehassaiu deGannes

OR, SCHEDULE

JULY

23 - 2:00 - Preview

24 - 7:30 - Preview

28 - 7:30 - Preview

29 - 7:30

AUGUST

5 - 7:30

6 - 2:00

10 - 7:30

13 - 7:30

14 - 2:00

17 - 7:30

18 - 2:00

24 - 2:00

27 - 2:00

28 - 7:30

30 - 7:30

31 - 2:00

SEPTEMBER

3 - 2:00

4 - 7:30 CLOSING

About Shakespeare & Company
Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts tens of thousands of patrons annually. The Company is also home to a renowned Center for Actor Training, as well as an award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.


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Media Contact:
Molly Clancy
Publicity Director
(413) 637-1199 ext. 145
mclancy@shakespeare.org

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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