Paul Webb


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By Paul Webb

Full-length Historical Drama

HOLD ON! is about the struggle for democratic rights which took place in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. The heart of the play is a complex struggle between Martin Luther King and Lyndon Baines Johnson set against thunderous, fast-moving events. Both brilliant leaders at the peak of their powers, their personal battle — like the battle on the streets of Selma — is ultimately decided by King’s moral courage.

Cast of Characters
(3W, 12M)

Selma, Alabama and Washington, D.C.

Early 1965


“Spellbinding storytelling.”
—Broadway World
”Ferocity and ingenuity and sheer believability...with the playwright’s artful sense of behind-the-scenes realpolitik, the show climbs and climbs.”
—Talkin’ Broadway


Paul Webb

After a career in teaching, Paul Webb wrote his first play at age 50. FOUR NIGHTS IN KNARESBOROUGH was produced in London, had a national tour and drew the attention of the film industry. He was commissioned by Stephen Spielberg, Michael Mann and Ridley Scott, working closely with all three over a number of years. He wrote Selma, a film about the civil rights struggle in Alabama. Shortly after, Paul retired from screenwriting but then during the covid lockdowns wrote two plays. HOLD ON will be produced by St. Louis Black Rep. He is currently working on a new play, about the intimate history of the epoch-defining relationship between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt...[FULL BIO]