By Rhea Guzman
Aphra Behn, the first professional female writer in English and the creator of “The Rover,” once said, “Each moment of a happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life.” Under the direction of Ann Turiano, Notre Dame of Maryland University is taking on the production of “The Rover” this spring. The comical play was written in Early Modern English during the Restoration period in England. The play revolves around themes of love and courtship as the characters turn their pursuit of love interests into competition.
Behn’s exaggeration of traditional gender roles in “The Rover” will surely provide humor and insight on the custom of arranged marriages in 17th century Europe. As a first step in bringing this play to life, auditions were held in the end of January.
Elizabeth Silcott, a first-year student majoring in nursing, was excited to audition on the first night. “What I love most about being in theatre are the jokes and the sense of community,” Silcott remarked. Although being part of a play requires hard work, she believes that the outcome is rewarding.
In order to make the play a success, what goes on behind the scenes becomes as important as the performers on stage. Jae Bradley, a junior environmental sustainability student, auditioned to be a part of the tech crew. Bradley has been involved in NDMU Drama since her freshman year. “I hope to do what I can to make the show a wonderful experience for the audience, as well as the cast and crew,” Bradley says.
The spring production of “The Rover” will take place in the Copeland Theater at 8 p.m. on March 31, April 1, 7, and 8, and at 2 p.m. on April 2 and 9. Be on the lookout for more information on purchasing tickets!