A Revolutionary Encounter in London

Monday September 27

5:30 PM  –  6:45 PM


A historically-based play written and directed by Debbie Wiess


May 8, 1773 enslaved African-American poet Phillis Wheatley left Boston to travel to London to promote her book of poetry Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, to be published there later that summer. During her 6-week stay Phillis would meet many notables, one of whom was American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. This play imagines the meeting of these two Colonial American icons. A special version of the full length play will be presented as a staged reading. Local actors Cathryn Philippe and Steve Auger are featured in the roles of Miss Wheatley and Mr. Franklin.