Civil War Drama Amelia Will Get Free Staged Reading at Kennedy Center

News   Civil War Drama Amelia Will Get Free Staged Reading at Kennedy Center
Amelia, Alex Webb's Civil War love story inspired by a single remark in a journal, will get a free public reading 2 PM Sept. 5 as part of the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival at the Center's Millenium Stage.

Bill Largess will direct the reading, which is presented by the Washington Stage Guild. Webb will read with his wife, Shirleyann Kaladjian, for whom he wrote the play.

Webb was inspired to write the play after researching a part he was playing in The Andersonville Trial. He read a journal entry that someone had written at the Andersonville prison: "Rumor has it that a woman has come in here after her man."

This will be the second public reading of the play. Amelia was first selected to inaugurate the Davenport reading series in New York City, sponsored by Ken Davenport (producer of Oleanna on Broadway and Altar Boyz Off-Broadway).

"We got a tremendous response and some great feedback from the Davenport reading which went into this new and even stronger draft of the play," Webb said in a statement. "I am very excited to present it to the public again with some really powerful new scenes that have been added to our story. It's great to be getting this opportunity with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War coming up in 2011."

"Amelia is a celebration of the inherent theatricality of watching two actors on a bare stage using only their voices, bodies and passion to create the power and tragedy of the American Civil War," Webb explained. The play is billed this way: "Amelia tells the story of one woman's epic journey across Civil War America in search of her husband as she is transformed from Pennsylvania farm girl to Union soldier. The story culminates at the gates of the notorious Andersonville Prison Camp."

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