by Liz Duffy Adams
directed by Suzi Regan
Thursdays - Sundays, February 15 - March 4, 2018
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Or, takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott—who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning. Can Aphra save Charles’ life, win William a pardon, resist Nell’s charms, and launch her career, all in one night? Against a background of a long drawn-out war and a counter-culture of free love, cross-dressing, and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s look a lot like the 1960s in this neo-Restoration comedy.
Thursday, February 15 at 8pm (preview)
Friday, February 16 at 8pm (preview)
Saturday, February 17 at 8pm (press opening)
Sunday, February 18 at 4pm
Thursday, February 22 at 8pm
Friday, February 23 at 8pm
Saturday, February 24 at 8pm
Sunday, February 25 at 4pm
Thursday, March 1 at 8pm
Friday, March 2 at 8pm
Saturday, March 3 at 8pm
Sunday, March 4 at 4pm
Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone through Showclix at 888.718.4253, and at the door.
The cast includes Mary Dilworth, Dan Helmer, and Vanessa Sawson*. The production team includes Aaron Delnay (scenic designer), Heather Brown (lighting designer), Em Rossi (costume designer), Quintessa Gallinat (sound designer), Lynn Lammers (properties designer), and Lynnae Lehfeldt (dialect coach). The production is stage managed by Paige Conway*. (*member, Actors’ Equity Association)
Join us for these Bonus Features to enrich your experience of Or,. The floor will be open to panelists and audience members alike to reflect on, discuss, analyze, and respond to the performance they’ve just experienced.
Bonus Feature Events are open to ticket buyers to any performance of Or,.
Did She Really Do That?: Gender, Sexuality & Aphra Behn
Post-Performance Panel Discussion
Sunday, February 25 // 5:30 PM
This is your chance to ask “did she really do that?”. Kickshaw will host Professor of Theatre History Dan Smith (Michigan State University), English PhD Candidate Lauren Eriks Cline (University of Michigan), and Martin Walsh, Drama Lecturer and Program Head, (University of Michigan's Residential College) to provide historical background and insights into the play. We’ll explore the real history of Aphra Behn, Nell Gwynne, King Charles, and delve into the representations of gender and sexuality, both in the play, and in early modern England.
Thursday, March 1 // 9:30 PM
Join members of Kickshaw’s artistic team, along with special guest, Kate Mendeloff of the University of Michigan’s Residential College Drama program, to discuss the creative choices, rehearsal process, and behind-the-scene secrets of the artists who bring Or, to life.
Stick around after each performance for a quick tour of the special props and set pieces on the stage. Artistic Director & Props Designer Lynn Lammers will reveal the secrets and hidden meanings behind what you see on stage.
(*An easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work.)
Gruesome Playground Injuries
by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Lynn Lammers
April 12 - 29, 2018
Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.