Massachusetts Historical Society


Bringing Phillis to Life


Ade Solanke, Greenwich University; David Waldstreicher, CUNY; and Tara Bynum, University of Iowa

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

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Phillis in London, a new play written by Ade Solanke, dramatizes and reimagines Phillis Wheatley’s experience of being an enslaved African woman writer abroad in London in 1773. She was “celebrated” by the elite of the British empire, despite visiting at the height of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Phillis Wheatley, who published the first book by an African American woman, has recently been the subject of plays and artistic renderings. Ade Solanke, David Waldstreicher and Tara Bynum will discuss the legacy of Wheatley and how artists have chosen to portray her.

Learn more about Phillis in Boston, Ade Solanke's play which will be performed at Revolutionary Spaces here.

Hybrid Event

The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

Masks are optional for this event.

The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.

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