The Widow of Tom’s Hill


Images and concept art from 59E59

a w a r d s :

Winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, 2015

p r o d u c t i o n s :

Production at 59E59 Theaters, New York NY, October 2015

w o r k s h o p p r o d u c t i o n s :

Luna stage, West Orange, New Jersey, June 2014

s t a g e d r e a d i n g s :

Tangent Theater, trivoli, NY 2012

Portland Center Stage, Fertile Ground Festival, Jan 2012

Shoebox Theater, Portland, OR 2011

1M / 1F, 90 min

In 1918, the worst plague in human history hit America. When a small Washington town finds itself the subjecy of a military quarantine, a young sailor and a 19 year old widow from opposite sides of the blockade engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, putting their lives, and souls, in the balance.

"A haunting play that is wonderfully staged and features excellent acting. It is a truly distinctive piece of theatre, perfect for the intimate setting of the Upper East Side stage... See this intriguing play. It is a cautionary tale that you will think about long after the curtain call."


"Haunting, suspenseful, and human, this play brings out the truth in the most alrming of times"

"Merilo's story is facinating. The historic backdrop that Merilo uses is captivating on its own, but what sets "The Widow of Tom's Hill" apart are the characters that Merilo crafts... "The Widow of Tom's Hill" may not be a show on your radar, but it should be. Aleks Merilo's script goes beyond the surface of a history play. It's rich in imagery with a brilliant study of character and mortality."