Calling Female Artists!
This July Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park will produce Or, by Liz Duffy Adams at our space in the Paseo Arts District.
Or, is a contemporary play based loosely on the life of Aphra Behn, known to history as the first credited female playwright.
Aphra Behn, one of the most influential dramatists of the late seventeenth century, was also a celebrated poet and novelist. Her contemporary reputation was founded primarily on her "scandalous" plays, which she claimed would not have been criticized for impropriety had a man written them. Behn's assertion of her unique role in English literary history is confirmed not only by the extraordinary circumstances of her writings, but by those of her life history as well.
When her husband died, Behn was left without funds. Perhaps because of her association, through him, with the Dutch, she was appointed an intelligence gatherer for the king, who was, at least, to pay for her trip to Antwerp as his spy. But Charles did not respond to Behn's requests for money for her trip home, so in December 1666 she was forced to borrow for her passage back to England. Charles continued to refuse payment, and in 1668 Behn was thrown into debtor's prison. The circumstances of her release are unknown, but in 1670 her first play, The Forc'd Marriage (published, 1671), was produced in London, and Behn, having vowed never to depend on anyone else for money again, became one of the period's foremost playwrights. She earned her living in the theater and then as a novelist until her death on 16 April 1689.
We would like to celebrate female artists of all kinds with a visual art show during the month of July. The art will show at our space beginning on First Friday (July 7th) through the end of the month.
Artists are responsible to hang their own work, there is a $500 space rental fee and OSP will take a 10% commission on all works sold. OSP will be responsible for all sales tax. The show can include more than one artist. If you are interested in discussing the possibilities contact Kathryn McGill at 405 235-3700.