by Nancy Jo Cullen, Alexandria Patience and Rose Scollard

The first Englishwoman to earn her living by her pen, Aphra challenged the popular expectations placed upon 17th-century women.

Aphra opens on 17th century playwright Aphra Behn writing feverishly in her small, poorly furnished room. The weather is cold and bleak and she is seriously ill. It is two days before her death. The moral forces that would silence her and banish her to oblivion have never been stronger. In her agitated mind those forces have taken on form and substance in the unbending, menacing figures of Morality Man and Morality Woman, who threaten to overwhelm her. But her dearest friends, Betty Currer and Mary Betterton, are close by, ready to reassure her and nurse her through her fevers and demons.

Historical fantasy drama – 3F, 2 Act (90 min)

“Sparkplug vitality and intensity, the very stuff Behn is said to have known all about. This is a play worth seeing.”  – Trish Pattenden, Times Colonist

Aphra was published by Frontenac House in 2015, ISBN 9781927823453 (paperback); ISBN 9781927823460 (PDF); ISBN 9781927823477 (html).

It can be ordered through your local book store, or directly from the publisher. It is also available for purchase from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C3J97TK/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

A reading script is available from Rose Scollard at rosescollard[at]gmail.com.