By Kenneth Jones
26 May 2012
This is the same critically acclaimed Equity production that had its world premiere in January at Washington Stage Guild's home in Washington, DC. One of the island's many uses over the years was as a former Civil War prison camp. The picaresque drama, staged with spare intensity that encourages an audience to use its imagination, has its climax at the notorious Andersonville Prison Camp in Georgia.
Webb portrays multiple characters opposite Shirleyann Kaladjian, who plays the title character. Webb and Kaladjian are veterans of New York City's Aquila Theater Company and have performed together in regional theatres around the country.
Of the performances on Governors Island, Webb told Playbill.com, "The Powder Magazine takes everything we're trying to do to a new level. Telling a story from the Civil War in a period-appropriate space demands an even more rigorous attention to getting it right. The ghosts are watching."
Amelia "is a celebration of the inherent theatricality of two actors using only their voices, bodies and passion to recreate the power and tragedy of the American Civil War," Webb said.
Amelia is directed by five-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Bill Largess, artistic director of the Washington Stage Guild. Four-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Marianne Meadows is the lighting designer. Sigridur Johannesdottir is the costume designer. Stowe Nelson is the sound designer. The production crew includes Joshua Klein, Ian Mortensen and Michael McCormack.
The play runs 95 minutes and is performed without an intermission.
Amelia is presented 3 PM Thursdays through Sundays, May 26-June 17. Admission is free, but reservations are required. The island is not open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays, so access to the play on those days represents a unique opportunity for theatre and history buffs (though ticket holders are not allowed to wander). To make a reservation, or for more information about the schedule and logistics, visit AmeliaThePlay.com.
Amelia had its world premiere at the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, DC, where it was extended following positive reviews. It had two previous public developmental readings. It was selected to inaugurate the Davenport Reading Series sponsored by producer Ken Davenport (Godspell, Blithe Spirit, Oleanna). It was then invited to be a part of the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage reading series.