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Bare Bones 15: Vivat Regina




ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8pm

Bare Bones 15: Vivat Regina with Overtones will be presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Suggested Donation $5 - General Admission - No reservations required


About the Shows

Vivat Regina
written and directed by Phoebe Roberts

In this sequel to Victorian mystery caper, Mrs. Hawking, Mary Stone is doing her best learn the trade of her mistress's work as a covert agent for women victimized by Victorian society. Mrs. Hawking's nephew Nathaniel, too, struggles to find what contribution he can make to his aunt's work, and neither one seems to be serving to their mentor's satisfaction. But when a mysterious lady under a false name comes to them with a next-to-impossible mission, Mrs. Hawking and her assistants must bring together all their varied strengths and capabilities in order to see that justice is done. Vivat Regina is the second in the Mrs. Hawking series, but does not require knowledge of the previous installment to be followed or enjoyed.


Mrs. Victoria Hawking .... Elizabeth Hunter
Miss Mary Stone .... Gabrielle Geller
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking .... Ryan Kacani
Mrs. Johanna Braun/Frau Kirsten Gerhard/Narrator #3 .... Joye Thaller
Mrs. Clara Hawking/Narrator #2 .... Samantha LeVangie
Mr. Arthur Swann/Narrator #1 .... Matthew Kamm


written by Alice Gerstenberg
directed by Mary Parker

Overtones tells the story of two women having tea. On the surface, their conversation is pleasant but loaded, with each woman hoping to take something precious from the other. Not content to settle for subtext, playwright Alice Gerstenberg employs two extra actresses to portray each woman's hidden desires. This 1915 play is not only one of the earliest examples of split protagonists, but one of the earliest popular experimental plays by an American woman.


Harriet .... Renee Johnson
Hetty .... Vickie Wu
Margaret .... Nellie Farrington
Maggie .... Amanda Dausman


Additional Information

About the Directors:

Phoebe Roberts is a twenty-seven-year-old Waltham-area writer focused in the area of stage and screen. Her ten-minute plays have been performed across the country, and she can be seen as an actress in the occasional production as well, often with the Watch City Players. Her Mrs. Hawking series tells the stories of a team of covert society avengers set in Victorian London, and the previous installment of the series was read at Bare Bones in April of 2013. More information can be found at

Mary Parker is a bipedal mammal from the Pacific Northwest. She is occasionally glimpsed by weary travelers and defective cameras. Overtones is her directing debut with T@F.


Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First offers directors, casts and audiences the chance to explore a wide variety of plays in a spare, intense setting.



Director - Vivat Regina ..... Phoebe Roberts
Director - Overtones ..... Mary Parker
Bare Bones Program Director ..... J Deschene
Asst. Bare Bones Program Director ..... Elizabeth Hunter
Stage Manager .....