The one-woman show is currently in development.

By Southern Living
Maya Angelou
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The life of poet, writer, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who passed away in 2014, will soon make its way to the stage. Angelou, an acclaimed poet also known for her memoirs, including the 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, lived a remarkable life and left an indelible mark on the world. Her story, including details from her bestselling written work, is currently being developed into a one-woman stage play.

According to, “Angelou's son Guy Johnson is working alongside producers David Michael Rich, and J. Todd Harris (Heathers, Doctor Zhivago) to put together a one-woman show based on her life and work. The project, currently titled Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou, will draw from her writings and also include personal stories new to audiences. Johnson says the show will ‘hope to capture her joie de vivre.’” As reported at, the production is currently in development and “is eyeing a 2021 release.”

During her life, Angelou, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928, received both the National Medal of Arts and Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her best-known works include her memoirs, of which there are seven, as well as a bounty of poetry, including the oft-quoted and much-loved poems “Still I Rise” and “Phenomenal Woman.” Maya Angelou’s wisdom is collected in many places, including in her interviews with Oprah Winfrey (notably in 1993 and 2013), and we’re looking forward to learning more about the upcoming stage play, which is sure to be filled with her signature wit and wisdom—qualities that have helped make her a hero of our time and one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

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What plays and musicals are you looking forward to seeing this year? What are your favorite works by Maya Angelou?