Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-09-25

Samford University Theatre will open its 2008-09 schedule with Aphra Behn's restoration comedy, The Rover, Oct. 2-5.

The work, published and first produced in 1677, follows the adventures of a group of amorous Englishmen in Naples at Carnival time. The "rover" is a naval captain who falls in love with one woman, but is loved by another who seeks revenge for his betrayal. The play's comic treatment of sexual politics in the 17th century expresses its author's objections to the vulnerability of women in Restoration society.

Behn's income from The Rover made her the first female to earn a living as an English language playwright.

Samford theatre professor Mark Castle directs the production.

Performances are in Harrison Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 and 2:30 p.m. on October 5.

Admission is $12 adult, $9 senior adult and $6 student/child. For tickets, call (205) 726-2853 or check the website at

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