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The Rover 07/14–08/18

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JACKSON—Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2018 will feature two plays by Shakespeare, The Tempest and Measure for Measure, as well as the rarely performed Restoration comedy, The Rover, by a little-known woman playwright, Aphra Behn. The company will again divide their season between the Baughman Theatre in Jackson (July 12–29), and The Village Theatre in Canton (August 3–19). Tickets are available online at www.michiganshakespearefestival.com.

Translator, playwright, poet, and political spy for Charles II, Aphra Behn was one of the first English women to earn her living through writing. While extremely popular in her lifetime—she was the most prolific Restoration writer after John Dryden—her plays were later considered indecent (having a lot to do with her personal reputation), and she fell into undeserved obscurity until this last century, where her wild wit has once again captivated audiences.

In Behn’s play, The Rover, three Englishmen—a soldier, a gentleman, and a stoic—are banished from England and head to Naples to experience Carnevale and find adventure. They meet three brilliant women—one promised in marriage to a wealthy older man, one promised to the church, and one a celebrated courtesan—who intrigue and challenge them. Amid duels and disguises, set against the backdrop of a nation-wide party, the couples navigate duty, conflict, jealousy, and love in this vibrant 1677 Restoration comedy. For this production, the play has been adapted and directed by MSF producing artistic director Janice L Blixt.

 

Show Times

  • Jul 14, 2018

    2:00 pm

    Jackson

  • Jul 15, 2018

    3:00 pm

    Jackson

  • Jul 21, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Jackson

  • Jul 27, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Jackson

  • Aug 4, 2018

    2:00 pm

    Jackson

  • Aug 9, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Canton

  • Aug 10, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Canton

  • Aug 12, 2018

    3:00 pm

    Canton

  • Aug 18, 2018

    7:30 pm

    Canton

Theater Info

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The Baughman Theatre
2111 Emmons Road

Jackson, MI 49201