Amelia (Webb)

by  Alex Webb

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

"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

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Amelia (Webb)

by  Alex Webb

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"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, Read More 

"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, Read More 

"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, Read More 

"Alex Webb has crafted an ingenious tale [...] The narrative is historical, yet relevantly feminist, emotionally brutal, yet romantic, and constantly upsetting, yet amusing." - Backstage, Read More 

"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, Read More 

"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, Read More

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: American Civil War Era
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    1860, several locations

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

1m, 1f

AMELIA – Pennsylvania farmer 
ETHAN – Union soldier
MAMA – Amelia’s mother
DADDY – Amelia’s father
BEN WYATT – A neighbor
MARIE – Amelia’s former schoolmate
QUARTERMASTER – Union supply officer
CORPORAL HAWKINS – Union soldier at Gettysburg
SAWBONES – Union doctor at Gettysburg
HORSE THIEF – Confederate soldier
SAMUEL – Escaped slave
DEAD EYES – Union soldier
VERMONT – Union corpse
COLONEL – Severely wounded Union officer
MRS. SULLIVAN – Destitute Southern mother 
COLONEL BINDER – Commander of Fort Wagner
BALTIMORE – Union soldier
DRIVER – Confederate soldier
KETCHAM – Andersonville prisoner, one arm
MORTON – Raider at Andersonville
GUARD – Guard at Andersonville

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The play was written for two actors, one to play Amelia, and the other actor to play all of the other parts. Here is a a breakdown of how characters could be distributed for professional companies that want or require a larger cast. Amateur/Schools can cast as many actors as they wish.

WOMAN 1 - Amelia
WOMAN 2 - Mama, Marie, Mrs. Sullivan
MAN 1 - Ethan, Daddy, Corporal Hawkins, Baltimore
MAN 2 - Ben Wyatt, Quartermaster, Sawbones, Morton, Guard, Ketcham, Horse Thief 
MAN 3 - Samuel, Col. Binder, Driver, Vermont, Dead Eyes

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Authors

Alex Webb

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 a ...

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Amelia premiered at the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, DC in January 2012 under the direction of Bill Largess.

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