ASHLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Center for the Arts will be hosting their rendition of Aphra Behn's The Rover at Southern Oregon University's newly remodeled Black Box Theatre this March. The play is directed by Dawn Monique Williams, a resident artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The Rover tells the story of a pair seventeenth century sisters in Spanish-held Naples, who go to Carnival on a quest to find love. The sisters find themselves involved with a band of exiled English cavaliers—the gentlemen soldiers of exiled English king Charles II. The result is a bawdy hubbub of merry hijinks. The play has been praised for its early feminist themes.
Aphra Behn, the playwright, is perhaps the first-known female writer in the English canon. She was herself a spy in the service of Charles II, and she turned to writing as a means to escape bankruptcy when the king would not pay for her services.
Showings will take place on Thursday through Saturday, March 1 - 3 and March 8 - 10 at 8 p.m. There will be afternoon showings on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 - 11 at 2 p.m. Regular admission will be $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students.
The OCA box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the SOU Music Building lobby, and tickets will be available one hour before each performance in the SOU Theatre Building lobby.
The Rover has a run time of about two and a half hours, with one 15-minute intermission.