Oroonoko, 17th-century drama ahead of its time
Aphra Behn was a 17th-century playwright, poet, author and spy on behalf of King Charles II. She was also the first female writer to consider herself a writer by profession.
She was ahead of her time in other ways too.
Her best-known work is her short novel Oroonoko, and it was the first English work to express sympathy for slaves.
This month, Persephone Productions in Montreal presents the play version of the novel.
Paul Van Dyck is the director of Oroonoko at the MAI theatre in Montreal. He tells Sonali Karnick the fascinating story.