When: March 10-12, 8 p.m. 2017
Just about two years ago Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble staged an uproarious production of Liz Duffy Adams' Or, which is a fictionalized account of one stressful night in the life of Aphra Behn. Behn was a Restoration-era playwright and a woman, which meant she had to fight for everything she got. Now the company has a new festival for female playwrights named after the redoubtable woman who inspired the role. The inaugural Aphra Behn Emerging Artist's Festival showcases three new plays, written by Erin Rene Roberts (Deflowered), Alyssa Ward (Life Ever After) and Shualee Cook (The Music of the Goddess), that deal, respectively, with a woman losing her virginity, an aspiring novelist navigating the afterlife and a violinist who loses the ability to play on the eve of her professional debut. The Aphra Behn Emerging Artist's Festival takes place at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday (March 10 to 12) at the Centene Center for Arts and Education (3547 Olive Street; www.slightlyoff.org). All three plays are performed at each show. Tickets are $15.