If you’re a fan of swordfights, spycraft, and feminist plays, look no further. Empress of the Moon: The Lives of Aphra Behn has just over a day remaining in its IndieGoGo campaign. The play, written by Chris Braak for a cast of 6 women, is going up at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival.
What’s it about? Aphra Behn was an English spy in the Netherlands. When she returned and the Crown refused to pay her for her service, she became the first woman to make her living as a writer. Aphra Behn might not even have been her real name. And that’s the historical portion. To quote Braak, the play is about “what it means to create your own identity, to build a story for yourself as a person in general but as a woman in particular.”
I have a great deal of confidence in Braak as a writer. Visit the IndieGoGo page for Empress of the Moon: The Lives of Aphra Behn. If you like what you see, consider contributing.