RELEASED: Jan. 2, 2001
DANVILLE, KY -- Centre College will host a one-woman drama on Monday, Jan. 8, about a pioneering female novelist and playwright, Aphra Behn. The show, starring Karen Eterovich, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Weisiger Theatre in the Norton Center for the Arts. It is open to the public at no cost.
Little known to modern audiences for many years, Behn now is earning the scrutiny and admiration of scholars. Born in England in the mid-1600s, she had a natural beauty and wit that attracted the attention of Britain's royal court. King Charles II employed her as a spy in the Netherlands, but neither paid nor rescued her when she was arrested and sent to prison.
Desperate for income, Behn began writing, and she produced comic plays, a novel and poetry that enjoyed widespread popularity in her day. Her book, Oroonoko, written in 1688, is believed to be one of the first novels, and her witty play, The Rover, thrilled audiences in the 1670s.
Eterovich brings to life Behn's penchant for romance and adventure, as well as her gifts of insight. A veteran actress, Eterovich has appeared in Twelfth Night, Playboy of the Western World and The Cherry Orchard. She holds a master's degree in fine arts from the University of South Carolina, with a concentration in acting.
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