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April 4, 5, 6, 2019 7:30 p.m.
April 6, 2019 3:00 p.m.
Perko Black Box Theatre

Or, takes place in the 1660s, exploring one night in the life of spy turned playwright Aphra Behn played by Kyla Tacopina ’19 as she tries to write a role for the great American actress Nell Gwynn.  The clock is ticking as Behn needs to finish it before morning, but a new love, a figure from her past, and other interruptions combine to keep her from finishing her task. Senior theatre majors Amalea Williams ’19 and Lyle Sweppenheiser ’19 round out the cast playing multiple characters each.

Alpha Behn is best known as the playwright of The Rover; however, it was after reading a biography about her, that playwright Liz Duffy Adams was inspired to write something about this fascinating first woman of theatre. Once she found the contemporary elements of feminism, music, and free love, Duffy was able to sit down and write Or, in just two weeks. Or, has been produced over 60 times since its premiere Off Broadway at the Women’s Project Theater including at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, Seattle Rep and Round House Theatre, and was published in Smith & Kraus’ “New Playwrights: Best Plays 2010” compilation.  Liz Duffy Adams has received many awards for her various plays, including the Women of Achievement Award, the Lillian Hellman Award, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. 

Director James Phillips comes to York College from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY where he is an Associate Professor of Theatre. He has a MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a MFA in Directing from the Catholic University of America. His residency at York College includes directing Or, along with leading commedia dell’arte and improv workshops for theatre majors.

One critic wrote that Or, is, “a bawdy, hilarious and whip-smart literary sex comedy that turns into a door-slamming quick-change farce.” Or, will be presented April 4 – 6 at 7:30 PM and April 6 at 3 PM in the Perko Black Box Theatre at York College of Pennsylvania.  The play is appropriate for adults.

Pictured left to right: Lyle Sweppenheiser '19 as Charles II, Kyle Tacopina '19 as Alphra Behn and Amalea Williams '19 as Nell Gwynn.
Left to Right: Lyle Sweppenheiser '19 as Charles II, Kyle Tacopina '19 as Alphra Behn and Amalea Williams '19 as Nell Gwynn.
Contact Us
Division of Theatre
Suzanne Delle, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Theatre
Wolf Hall, Room 407
Phone: 717.815.6451

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant
Wolf Hall, Room 206


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