Gallery – Base Instruments at Arisia ’17 – Act Two Photography by Annushka Munch Costume design by Jennifer Giorno Makeup design by Jessicalee Skary Set design by Bernie Gabin Production design by Phoebe Roberts Arisia 2017 Base Instruments – ACT II The team confers on the investigation. Neither Seacourse nor Chernovsky seem like strong suspects anymore. Mrs. Hawking is convinced Miss Zakharova is hiding something. Mrs. Hawking is going to go confront Miss Z– TONIGHT. Mary is afraid Mrs. Hawking wants to make her just like her– but Mary isn’t sure that’s what she wants. Nathaniel arrives home to find Clara waiting up for him. Clara can tell he’s keeping something from her. Nathaniel didn’t realize how shut out she was feeling. “Will you believe me?” “Haven’t I always?” Mrs. Hawking infiltrates Miss Zakharova’s hotel room. Why did Miss Zakharova lie about dancing? Miss Zakharova is breaking down physically. Miss Z fears she will lose her stardom after only just achieiving it. She’s destroying herself for the only thing she’s ever wanted to do. Mrs. Hawking can understand the fear of being ruined for the most important thing in your life. Nathaniel tells Clara what he’s been up to. Clara is furious that he’d take on such risk without consulting her. Not to mention the fact that he’s being lying to her for two years. But Nathaniel emphasizes how important what they are doing is. Mrs. Hawking can’t decide if Miss Zakharova is actually the culprit. But Clara comes in to confront Mrs. Hawking. Clara knows everything. Mrs. Hawking is furious. Clara will allow Nathaniel to help Mrs. Hawking do good things– but only if she protects him. Clara is not afraid of Mrs. Hawking. Clara is a little amazed at just what Mrs. Hawking does. But Clara has her ways of finding out information as well. Nathaniel bursts in and is relieved they haven’t killed each other. Mrs. Hawking decides they need to reconstruct the crime scene. They clear the room. They determine Miss Zakharova’s dance partner would have missed her if she weren’t in the pas de deux. But who was in the wings during the crime? Who was backstage just before Miss Zakharova? It was Miss Sherba, the understudy. Mary confesses to Mrs. Hawking that she wants to do this work, but she needs to do it her way. They lay a trap to lure Miss Sherba out. They forged a letter from Justin to draw her to the train station. Arthur arrives to arrest her. But she was in a desperate situation and took desperate measures. Justin is shocked to learn he dallied with a murderer. Miss Zakharova is furious with Miss Sherba. They give Miss Z the visa Miss Sergeyeva secured for her. Miss Zakharova thanks them for their help. Miss Z must decide what she will do now. Mary and Mrs. Hawking agree that they’ll each have to work together in their own ways. Watch the performance on our Shows page. Comments are closed.