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Role Players Ensemble bringing 'The Rover' to Danville

17th century play tells a story of seduction, sword fights and bawdy humor

Danville’s own Role Players Ensemble returns with a classic tale revolving around the battle of the sexes, performing ‘The Rover’ April 13-19 on Fridays and Saturdays at 2 p.m., at the Village Theatre in Danville.

Written and produced by Aphra Behn in 1677, “The Rover” tells the tale of a band of English cavaliers, banished from home, searching for adventure and love in the city of Naples during Carnival time. It would appear they meet their match when they come across a group of women searching for the same. Full of seduction, sword fights and bawdy humor, “The Rover” is a popular and famous example of English Restoration Comedy.

Behn was an English poet, novelist, playwright and at one point spy for the King of England. Virginia Woolf said of her “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn… for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.”

Ticket prices range from $20-$30, and can be purchased online at the Role Players Ensemble official site, at the Danville Community Center, 420 Front St., or call 314-3400.

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