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*New Venue* Remembering Phillis Wheatley w/ Adeola Solanke @ Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. (2:00)
Tuesday, December 06, 2022, 2:00 PM
290 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
REMEMBERING PHILLIS WHEATLEY with Adeola Solanke at ATLANTIC WHARF, 290 Congress Street (2nd Floor)
Remembering Phillis Wheatley
Adeola Solanke is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter and founder of Spora Stories. Her plays include her acclaimed debut, Pandora’s Box, which won a Best New Play nomination in the Off-West End Theatre Awards and was shortlisted for the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award. It toured to 17 UK venues. Her play The Court Must Have a Queen, commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces, was performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace. A double Fulbrighter, she’s a 22/23 Fulbright Distinguished International Scholar and was a Fulbright Post-graduate Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa International Scholar and Association of American University Scholar at USC where she earned an MFA in Cinema/TV and was twice an Academy Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship semi-finalist. In LA, she was a story analyst for Disney, New Line and Sundance. She has a BA Hons in English Literature from the University of Sheffield, winning its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She’s written for the BBC, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, Art Monthly, The Voice, West Africa Magazine and others. A founding Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, she was its British Film Institute Writer in Residence and has run playwriting programmes at the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre and Arcola, and lectures in dramatic writing internationally.
Ade Solanke’s new play, Phillis in London, marks next year’s 250th anniversary of the first book published by an African-American woman in English. Phillis Wheatley’s landmark poetry collection, Reflections on Various Subjects: Religious and Moral, was published in London in 1773 (the books were apparently brought over to Boston aboard the vessel Dartmouth -- one of the three tea ships involved in the Boston Tea Party). Join us for a discussion about Ade’s play and current research in Boston.
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