Portland Stage presents The Winnipesaukee Playhouse production


Playwright Liz Duffy Adams

Director Aileen Wen McGroddy

Dates Jan. 29 - Feb. 14, 2021

Digital on Demand Dates: Feb. 10 - Feb. 28, 2021

Run Time 100 minutes | No intermission

RANGE $25 - $53

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About the Play

​Life’s tough when you’re England’s groundbreaking first female playwright.  And a spy.  And you have a famous actress hiding in your closet. And her lover – the king – knocking on your door.  And your ex-lover, a double-agent who may (or may not) be trying to murder said king showing up at your doorstep.  It’s all in a day’s work for Aphra Behn, in Liz Duffy Adams’ fictionalized account of what may (or may not) have happened to this real-life historical figure. You’ll be asking yourself if this really is the 1660s in this double-crossing, bodice-ripping sex farce about art, politics, poetry, and intrigue.


  • Preview Fri & Sat  7:00 pm  $26-$48
  • Wed thru Sat  7:00 pm $35-$62
  • Thu  2:00 pm  $35-$62
  • Sat & Sun  2:00 pm  $40-$68
  • Digital on Demand  $25


  • Sat, Jan. 30  7:00 pm
  • Thu, Feb. 11  2:00 pm
  • Digital on Demand – Available by calling the Box Office

Virtual Discussions

  • Curtain Call  Sun, Feb. 7  5:30 pm
  • Artistic Perspective  Sun, Feb. 14  5:30 pm

About the Playwright

Liz Duffy Adams

OR, premiered off-Broadway at WP Theater and has been produced over 60 times since. She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, Weston Playhouse Music Theater Award, MacDowell residencies, and the Will Glickman Award. Other plays include BORN WITH TEETH; THE SALONNIERES; WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD; DOG ACT; BUCCANEERS; WET OR, ISABELLA THE PIRATE QUEEN ENTERS THE HORSE LATITUDES; ONE BIG LIE; and THE RECKLESS RUTHLESS BRUTAL CHARGE OF IT OR, THE TRAIN PLAY. Her work has been produced or developed at the Magic Theatre, Round House Theatre, Seattle Rep, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana Festival, PlayPenn Conference, Portland Center Stage, Flux Theatre Ensemble, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire, among other places. Publications include DOG ACT in “Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays” (Underwords Press 2014); OR, in “Best Plays of 2010” (Smith & Kraus); POODLE WITH GUITAR AND DARK GLASSES in “Best American Short Plays 200–2001” (Applause Books); and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. BFA: New York University; MFA: Yale School of Drama. She was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard. She has dual Irish and American citizenship. More at lizduffyadams.com.

Cast and Creative Team

Meet the Director and the Cast

Rebecca Tucker

Haley Jones

Nicholas Wilder

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