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Behn Quotes

“Each moment of a happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life.”

“Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.” 

“That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”

“No friend to Love like a long voyage at sea.”

“Faith, sir, we are here today, and gone tomorrow”

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First Professional Female Playwright

Theater history tells us that world’s first playwright after the fall of Rome (500 years after, to be precise, at the end of the 10th Century) was a German nun, Hrosvitha, who penned six comedies in Latin, based on Terrence, with Christian themes.

Three hundred years later, as the Renaissance began, the next plays appear, first in Italy, in Latin, then Italian; then in France, Spain, the HRE; later still (16th Century) in England: Medwall, Heywood, Lily, Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, Ford, Dryden (to name a few).

All men.

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Mysterious Mamet

“We Must Be Careful in the Woods”

I will begin by confessing that for the past year I’ve been having coffee at Starbuck’s on East Bloulvard with David Watkins every Saturday to read and re-read, over and over, David Mamet’s 1972 tour-de-force, The Duck Variationshis second play (after Lakeboat). Initially, the goal was to stage it, but David couldn’t remember the lines. (He’s an octogenarian engineer who hasn’t been on stage since college). Ultimately we read it at Julia’s Cafe & Books for an audience of two: my wife and daughter. A passerby stopped and watched for a while . . . Continue reading Mysterious Mamet

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