On Our Shelves Now
Full Length Play
1m, 1f (expandable to 3-16 m, 2-4f)
"Amelia" is a heroic Civil War tale of one woman’s search for her husband across the battlefields of America. The story culminates at the gates of the notorious Andersonville Prison Camp. In its two-hander form, Amelia celebrates the inherent theatricality of two bodies on stage creating an epic and vast world.
About the Author
Alex Webb is a writer/actor/director. "Amelia" is his first play. After the world premiere of "Amelia" at the Washington Stage Guild, Alex was commissioned to write the book for a new Broadway musical about the Battle of Gettsyburg, which is in development. "Amelia" was subsequently invited to the National Portrait Gallery and became the first fictional piece to ever be performed there accompanied by Matthew Brady photographs. His other plays "99 Names," and "Black and Blue" are in development. His first short film, "Hove (The Wind)," starred Olympia Dukakis and won a number of awards. His new feature-length thriller, "To The Flame," is set to premiere in 2017. As an actor he has had the pleasure of working with Oscar-winners Meryl Streep, Ben Affleck, Kevin Spacey, Melissa Leo and Eli Wallach.
"Brings a corner of the Civil War vividly to life [...] rich in language, history and ideas [...] tour de force. Webb's play mines an intriguing sidebar of the Civil War - several hundred women fought in the war disguised as men." - Washington Post
"After 90 minutes in a room with just two bodies on a stage, you leave with a head full of vivid pictures, indelible images of woman consumed by her purpose, and a nation consuming itself." - Washington City Paper
"This simply presented production exemplifies the astonishing power of theatre to unexpectedly grab you and carry you off into an adventure of the soul." - DC Theatre Scene
"Alex Webb has crafted an ingenious tale [...] The narrative is historical, yet relevantly feminist, emotionally brutal, yet romantic, and constantly upsetting, yet amusing." - Backstage
"Amelia recreates Civil War history with uncanny accuracy and delivers a knockout story of young lovers caught up in one of history’s great wars." - History News Network
"To say that it was an evening of magic is to sell it short. It was the kind of production that gave hope to the heart, joy to the soul and a sorrow leavened by admiration and wonder.” - On Milwaukee