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The Mousetrap


The Knight of the Burning Pestle

by Francis Beaumont (1607)

directed by Mary Parker

Theater@First is proud to present Francis Beaumont's comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle. This almost forgotten Elizabethan gem combines the best of Shakespearean-style farce with a modern, meta flavor. Recently performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London!


Special Performances

Thursday, April 30th at 8pm — Autism-Friendly Night! The house lights will be left on, scene-by-scene write-ups will be available, and other adjustments made to facilitate enjoyment of our show by theatre-goers on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. A Quiet Room with streaming audio of the performance will be available elsewhere in the building and trained volunteers will be on hand to assist with audience needs.

Saturday, May 2nd at 2pm — Parent-Friendly Show! Childcare will be provided during the performance. Bring the kids to see the show or play upstairs with our experienced caregivers while adults enjoy the show on their own! $5 for children under 12 — please select "Student" on the reservation form.



Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.
Please note that parking is by permit only on William St. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.


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Performance Schedule

Thursday   April 23, 2015   8 pm
Friday   April 24, 2015   8 pm
Saturday   April 25, 2015   8 pm
Thursday   April 30, 2015   8 pm (Autism-Friendly Night!)
Friday   May 1, 2015   8 pm
Saturday   May 2, 2015   2 pm (Parent-Friendly Matinee!)



The Prologue       Benjamin Medeiros
Stagehand 1/Tapster       Anna-Laura Silva
Stagehand 2/Barber       Samantha Amodeo
Squires Tim and George       Vickie Wu
Citizen       Brian Edgar
Citizen's Wife       Melissa Ehlers
Rafe the Apprentice       Fabiana Cabral
Lady Venturewell       Jennie Rose Halperin
Jasper Merrythought       Brian Keller
Lucy       Amanda Dausman
Humphrey       Chris Deter
Mistress Merrythought       Andrea Aptecker
Mabel Merrythought       Nicole Jones
Charles Merrythought       Doug Miller
The Band       Harpsichord: Katrina Obarski
Recorder: Chad Bergeron
Flute: Stephanie Franzosa
Tenor: Nick Close


The Production Team

Director       Mary Parker
Producer       Chris DeKalb
Technical Director       Matt Arnold
Stage Manager/Assistant Director       Sanjana Shankar
Set Designers       Melinda Cross and Anna Britton
Costume Designer       Tegan Sutherland
Lighting Designer       Matt Arnold
Music Director       Doug Miller
Publicity Manager       Stephanie Haddad
Graphic Designer       Gilly Rosenthal