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Alban Dennis, Jennifer Lee Taylor and Christopher Guilmet. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Our Only May Amelia

Jennifer Holm, author
John Olive, playwright


89 pgs. 5 female, 4 male
Originally produced in SCT’s 2002-2003 season
Run Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 6+

In 1899, life on the Nasel River in Washington was hard for anyone, but especially for 13 year-old May Amelia Jackson, the only girl in all of the Nasel settlement. May Amelia’s Pappa thinks that hunting, fishing, and working at the logging camp are all too rough for a little girl, but that doesn’t stop May. When her Grandmother Patience comes to stay with the family, May Amelia must learn to bite her tongue or suffer the consequence – her Grandmother’s cane. Once May’s mother gives birth to a baby girl, it seems as though all of May’s prayers have been answered. After tragedy strikes and Grandmother Patience blames her, May runs off to Astoria to stay with her aunt. But living in the big city, despite the new and exciting things it has to offer, means that May has to act like a “proper young lady.” Life on the Nasel might be hard for a girl, but at least it is full of adventure – and family.
“John Olive has such a certain grasp on the way in which the commonplace gains poetic power that the play seems animated by symbols and metaphors, but never in an attention-seeking way.” -Aisle Way, WA

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
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