The Death of King Philip

Photograph of the 1983 Actor's Theatre of Louisville production of <em>The Death of King Philip</em>

Michael Kevin stars as King Philip in the 1983 Actor's Theatre of Louisville production

Written in 1969, The Death of King Philip was first produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1983.  It is adapted from The Narrative of Mary Rowlandson and several published histories of King Philip’s War.  Described by theatre critic Mel Gussow in The New York Times as a “mordant and poetic tale about an Indian chief forced into acts of savagery,” this is a story told by the 60-year-old Mary as she remembers her time as a prisoner of King Philip thirty years before.

Linney also wrote a libretto based on the play.  The opera, composed by Paul Earls, premiered in 1976 at the New England Chamber Opera Group.