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Written by Phillis

Written by Phillis

Philadelphia, PA
A world-premiere play that brings the remarkable history of poet Phillis Wheatley to life.

About Written by Phillis

Written by Phillis, is a world-premiere, original play that brings to life the remarkable history of Phillis Wheatley, enslaved American and beloved poet. After Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in London in 1773, she became “the most famous woman of African descent in the World,” admired by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and King George III, among countless others. Conceived and created as part of our collaboration with Chicago’s New Classics Collective—Paul Oakley Stovall (Artistic Director/Playwright), Marilyn Campbell-Lowe (Playwright), and Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Director)—this new biographical dramatization puts Wheatley's poetry front and center, reconsiders her important role in America's founding and ideals, and celebrates her life and legacy, one that inspired an African-American literary tradition that has lasted over two and a half centuries.

Start date

May 10th, 2023

End date

June 4th, 2023




Quintessence Theatre Group at The Sedgwick Theater

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