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Mrs. Hawking socially distanced performances at Arisia 2021!

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Announcing our plan for Mrs. Hawking to return to the all-online Arisia 2021 in socially distanced form!

We are returning with part VI: FALLEN WOMEN, adapted for digital socially distanced production, and debuting the all-new GENTLEMEN NEVER TELL, a Wodehousian side comedy in our very first produced Mrs. Hawking spinoff!

We are adapting to social distancing for production!

FALLEN WOMEN
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin

MRS. VICTORIA HAWKING, lady’s society avenger – Cari Keebaugh
MISS MARY STONE, her maid companion and protege – Circe Rowan
MR. NATHANIEL HAWKING, her nephew and assistant – Christian Krenek
SGT. ARTHUR SWANN, a policeman and Mary’s beau, – Matthew Kamm
MRS. CLARA HAWKING, a society lady and Nathaniel’s wife – Jackie Freyman
MRS. ELIZABETH FROST, a criminal mastermind, now institutionalized – Arielle Kaplan
MISS MARY JANE KELLY, a Whitechapel prostitute – Sara Dion
MISS VIOLET STRALLAN, a London nurse – Elizabeth Ross
MR. ROLAND DAVIES, Mrs. Frost’s henchman – Andrew Prentice
A DISTINGUISHED MATRON, in widow’s weeds – Jenn Day
THE RIPPER, the Whitechapel murderer – Pieter Wallace
MADAM MALAIKA SHAH, a spectre of the past – Naomi Ibatsitas
Ensemble – Kate Potter, Jason Tilton

and debuting

GENTLEMEN NEVER TELL
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin

MR. JUSTIN HAWKING, a charming globetrotting rake – Eric Cheung
MR. PETER MORGAN, his straight man of a valet – Pieter Wallace
MISS ROSALINE PEMBROKE, a fellow bon vivant traveler – Naomi Floro
The Honorable MR. CASSIUS EVANS, a socialite and Justin’s old flame – Andy LeBlanc
THEO PRYCE, Lord Cornin, the doltish groom-to-be – Matthew Kamm
The Honorable MISS ANNABEL BROADWATER , the embittered bride-to-be – Arielle Kaplan
MISS CORA LITTLE, maid companion to Annabel – Elizabeth Ross
MRS. EMMELINE BROADWATER, Annabel’s guardian aunt – Sara Dion
MR. MARTIN QUINCY, Mrs. Broadwater’s butler – Jason Tilton
MR. NATHANIEL HAWKING, Justin’s younger brother – Christian Krenek

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PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Mrs. Frost and Fallen Women at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2020!

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We have a date for our next round of performances of Mrs. Hawking shows!

Our newest shows, Mrs. Frost and Fallen Women, will be going up at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2020 in Waltham, Massachusetts!

This year’s installments of the Mrs. Hawking series are returning to Waltham’s steampunk festival this spring in two completely free shows!

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MRS. FROST
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin

2PM on Saturday, May 9th
At the First Parish Church
50 Church Street, Waltham, MA

London, 1886— The reveal of Mrs. Hawking’s greatest enemy yet has left our hero brooding over past failures, so consumed in destroying the criminal mastermind that even apprentices Mary and Nathaniel feel frozen out of her life. But when Nathaniel is taken captive, and an important figure from her past returns, Mrs. Hawking must work with some remarkable women to defeat her nemesis once and for all. CN: mention of sexual assault, Victorian mental health practices.

Starring

Mrs. Hawking – Cari Keebaugh
Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Nathaniel Hawking – Christian Krenek
Madam Malaika Shah – Naomi Ibatsitas
Arthur Swann – Matthew Kamm
Clara Hawking – Sara Smith
Mrs. Frost – Arielle Kaplan
Roland Davies – Andrew Prentice
Dr. Enfield – Jason Tilton
Ensemble – Pieter Wallace

 

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FALLEN WOMEN
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin

6PM on Saturday, May 9th
At the First Parish Church
50 Church Street, Waltham, MA

London, 1888— Mrs. Hawking’s great rival may have been vanquished, but the struggle has left rifts in the once-close bond between our heroes. They find themselves alienated and in pain even as they must swing into action to take on the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper. Where once they were always there for one another, a new life path opening up for Mary, Nathaniel’s lingering trauma, and Mrs. Hawking’s pulling away from her chosen family threaten to shatter the team forever. CN: gunshots, mention of spousal violence, violence against sex workers.

Starring

Mrs. Hawking – Cari Keebaugh
Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Nathaniel Hawking – Christian Krenek
Arthur Swann – Matthew Kamm
Clara Hawking – Sara Smith
Mrs. Frost – Arielle Kaplan
Mary Jane Kelly – Sara Dion 
Violet Strallan – Elizabeth Ross
A Distinguished Matron in Widow’s Weeds – Jenn Benfield
Roland Davies – Andrew Prentice
The Ripper – Pieter Wallace
Miss Malaika Shah – Naomi Ibatsitas
Ensemble – Jason Tilton

Our shows run ninety minutes each without intermission, and admission is free. If you missed us at Arisia 2020, be certain to mark your calendars to join us for this open festival performance, produced by Breaking Light Productions and brought to you by the Waltham Watch City Steampunk Festival!

“Mrs. Frost” and “Fallen Women” by Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin will be performed on Saturday, May 9th at 2pm and 6pm respectively at the First Parish Church at 50 Church Street, Waltham, MA as part of the Watch City Steampunk Festival.

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Cast for Part VI: FALLEN WOMEN debut!

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It’s that time again! We have a cast for our next round of Mrs. Hawking shows this winter, including our most recent show Part V: MRS. FROST, and the debut performance of our all new installment, Part VI: FALLEN WOMEN!

I am excited to welcome our actors, both our longtime collaborators and our new members of the team!

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Mrs. Hawking V:
MRS. FROST
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin
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Mrs. Victoria Hawking – Cari Keebaugh
Miss Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking – Christian Krenek
Madam Malaika Shah – Naomi Ibatsitas
Mrs. Clara Hawking – Sara Smith
Sergeant Arthur Swann – Matthew Kamm
Mrs. Elizabeth Frost – Arielle Kaplan
Mr. Roland Davies – Andrew Prentice
Dr. Terrence Enfield – Jason Tilton
Ensemble – Pieter Wallace

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And introducing

Mrs. Hawking VI:
FALLEN WOMEN
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin

Mrs. Victoria Hawking – Cari Keebaugh
Miss Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking – Christian Krenek
Mrs. Clara Hawking – Sara Smith
Sergeant Arthur Swann – Matthew Kamm
Mrs. Elizabeth Frost – Arielle Kaplan
Miss Mary Jane Kelly – Sara Dion
Miss Violet Strallan – Elizabeth Ross
Mr. Roland Davies – Andrew Prentice
A Distinguished Matron in Widow’s Weeds – Jenn Benfield
The Ripper – Pieter Wallace
and Miss Malaika Shah – Naomi Ibatsitas
Ensemble – Jason Tilton, Kate Potter

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We are so excited to get to work with this awesome cast! It’s always both invigorating and challenging to mount a new show. But we have taken it seriously to try and top our production every single year and every single installment, so we can’t wait to show you what happens to our heroes next!

 

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Upcoming Hawking productions – next performances, and a new film project!

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The next slate of Mrs. Hawking performances and projects is now ready to be announced!

We are again having a reprise of our Arisia performances at this year’s Watch City Steampunk Festival in Waltham! If you missed seeing part III: Base Instruments and the debut of this year’s brand new show, part IV: Gilded Cages, you will now have the chance this May in Waltham! And for the Steampunk Festival, attendance is TOTALLY FREE!

MRS. HAWKING parts 3 and 4

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival in Waltham, MA

presented by The Chameleon’s Dish Theatre

Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts
Saturday, May 12th at 2PM

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Gilded Cages
by Phoebe Roberts
Saturday, May 12th at 6PM

At the New England School of Photography
At 274 Moody Street in Waltham, MA

ALSO!!!

We are now beginning a BRAND NEW MRS. HAWKING PROJECT. Team Hawking is delighted to announce that this year we are going to be making our first foray into film!

As we’ve progressed with the Mrs. Hawking series, it’s become clearer and clearer that while we can bring a great deal to performance onstage, this is really a story that belongs on film. I think a lot of people can agree that this narrative would be properly told as a television show.

So, with the help of Boston local artists Sean Sederholm and Francis Charles Sheehan, we are putting together a short piece to demonstrate all the potential for drama, spectacle, and emotional punch the story has to offer. This twelve-to-fifteen-minute piece will take a form somewhere between a trailer and a short film, capturing the essence of the project and suggesting the full breadth of the narrative. Our hope is by filming a sufficiently fascinating tease, it will entice production companies working at a higher level to invest in and support the project. With luck, we could someday get the resources to produce the full Mrs. Hawking series pilot.

We are making plans to begin filming this summer, right after the Watch City Festival production is done, and with our longtime leads of Cari Keebaugh, Circe Rowan, and Jeremiah O’Sullivan. We’ll have more information about the process here on this website soon. But if you’d like to support bringing this project to a reality, we are accepting donations to put towards the costs of productions. Turns out movies take capital, and we’d be incredibly grateful for anything you’d care to give.





For the “Mrs. Hawking – Proof of Concept” film

Thank you, as always, for any help you give, and for your interest in the Mrs. Hawking project. None of this would be coming to life without our wonderful audience members. So, please join us for our FREE performances of Base Instruments and Gilded Cages in Waltham on Saturday, May 12th, and keep an eye out for more updates on Mrs. Hawking – the Proof of Concept film!

Mrs. Hawking part III: Base Instruments and part IV: Gilded Cages by Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin will be performed at 2PM and 6PM respectively on Saturday, May 12th at the New England School of Photography at 274 Moody Street in Waltham, MA as part of the Watch City Steampunk Festival ’18.

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Cast and crew for Base Instruments and Gilded Cages at Arisia 2018

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I’m pleased to announce we have complete casts and crew for our productions of Mrs. Hawking parts III and IV at Arisia 2018!

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Mrs. Hawking, part III:
Base Instruments
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin

Featuring

Mrs. Hawking – Cari Keebaugh
Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Nathaniel Hawking – Jeremiah O’Sullivan
Clara Hawking – Sara Smith
Arthur Swann – Matthew Kamm
Justin Hawking – Christian Krenek
Elena Zakharova – Jackie Freyman
Lord Seacourse – Andrew Prentice
Kiril Chernovsky – Lucas Commons-Miller
Yulia Sherba – Jennifer Giorno
Ensemble – Sara Dion, Travis Ellis

and

Mrs. Hawking, part IV:
Gilded Cages
By Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin

1884

Mrs. Hawking – Cari Keebaugh
Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Nathaniel Hawking – Jeremiah O’Sullivan
Arthur Swann – Matthew Kamm
Mrs. Chaudhary – Naomi Ibatsitas
Lord Brockton – Isaiah Max Plovnick
Mrs. Frost – Arielle Kaplan
Ensemble – Travis Ellis, Andrew Prentice

1859

Victoria Stanton – Cari Keebaugh
Malaika Shah – Naomi Ibatsitas
Elizabeth Danvers – Arielle Kaplan
Reginald Hawking – Jeremiah O’Sullivan
Lt. Governor Stanton – Sam Jones

Crew

Director – Phoebe Roberts
Technical director – Bernie Gabin
Stage manager – Jack Cockerill
Costume designers – Claire Brosius, Jennifer Giorno
Sound designer – Neil Marsh
Violence designer – Arielle Kaplan
Run crew – Michael McAfee

I am delighted that while we have some new talents joining Team Hawking for the first time, we are overwhelmingly rejoined by our wonderful old friends who have been with us for multiple productions. Some have played these characters through the entirety of their journeys, while others have taken on a different role in each show. I’ve been so fortunate to have the chance to grow these stories with such a talented group of people again and again.

Notably, the brand-new part IV: Gilded Cages will be the very first time we experiment with casting actors as multiple characters within the same production. This can be a risky move, as it can possibly cause confusion in the audience to have a familiar face taking on a different part upon a subsequent appearance. But we’re hoping to make points about the comparisons between the characters who are played by the same actor, that there is something meaningfully similar between the two— or, in some cases, meaningfully different, which you notice when you see somebody who appears to be the same think and behave in a fundamentally separate way.

I’m very excited to experiment with this. It will be a fascinating challenge for the actors, to meaningfully create the two contrasting personas. And I can’t wait to see the results of their work. So come see us at the Westin Boston Waterfront on January 12th-14th at Arisia 2018 to see how we do!

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Cast lists for Watch City Steampunk Festival ’17 shows!

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We have our current casts for our next round of shows at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2017, Mrs. Hawking parts 2 and 3, Vivat Regina and Base Instruments!

Vivat Regina by Phoebe Roberts

Mrs. Victoria Hawking: Cari Keebaugh
Miss Mary Stone: Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking: Christian Krenek
Mrs. Johanna Braun: Remony Perlman
Mrs. Clara Hawking: Morgan Capodilupo
Officer Arthur Swann: Matthew Kamm
Frau Kirsten Gerhard: Sara Dion
Herr Christoph Austerlitz: Andrew Prentice
Ensemble: Travis Ellis, Ryan McClair

Base Instruments by Phoebe Roberts

Mrs. Victoria Hawking: Cari Keebaugh
Miss Mary Stone: Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking: Christian Krenek
Mrs. Clara Hawking: Morgan Capodilupo
Sergeant Arthur Swann: Matthew Kamm
Mr. Justin Hawking: Eric Cheung
Miss Elena Zakharova: Arielle Kaplan
Henry Cavil, Lord Seacourse: Andrew Prentice
Mr. Kiril Chernovsky: Lucas Commons-Miller
Miss Yulia Sherba: Ava Maag
Ensemble: Sara Dion, Travis Ellis, Ryan McClair

As always, I am so grateful for the cast members who are returning to their roles. Their talent and dedication has done so much to make these productions great. But it’s also an honor to welcome our new cast members, Christian Krenek as Nathaniel, Remony Perlman as Mrs. Braun, Lucas Commons-Miller as Kiril Chernovsky, and Ryan McClair in the ensemble. It’s always fascinating to see how different actors portray the same roles, and a show needs to be able to stand up to multiple interpretations to prove the strength of the script. And new perspectives will always bring freshness and originality to any endeavor. So I can’t wait to see what our new castmembers bring to our process– wish us all luck!

Vivat Regina and Base Instruments by Phoebe Roberts will be performed by the Chameleon’s Dish Theater at 2pm and 6pm respectively as part of the in Waltham, MA.

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Performances at Arisia 2017 accomplished!

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At Arisia 2017 this past weekend, Mrs. Hawking brought its two most recent shows, part 2: Vivat Regina, and the world premiere of part 3: Base Instruments. And I am so delighted to report that the performances went great.

Base Instruments represents a real achievement and step forward for the series. It’s the most technically demanding piece on all fronts. The piece is the longest with the most complex of all the plots and character arcs, requiring more from the writing and acting than any previous. Its production needs were on a bigger scale, requiring more sets and the accompanying set pieces.

And to my great pleasure and pride, Team Hawking conquered all those challenges. Our actors’ heartfelt performances brought the cast of characters believably and compellingly into the stage stage of their journeys. Our tech crew took phenomenal charge of all the many moving parts needed to fully flesh out this world. And I was deeply honored to hear from many people what I’d begun to suspect through this process— that part III: Base Instruments truly is the best installment yet. All the varied effort and craft that goes into the making of the show, from the design to the building to the portrayals to the execution to the writing, all came together to bring our storytelling to the next level.

I am intensely grateful to everyone who made that possible. My brilliant crew of designers and volunteers who physically made the show happen. The talented, dedicated actors who brought the characters to life. The enthusiastic audience who showed up to support our art. The staff of Arisia, particularly Persis Thorndike, for believing in us enough to give us the time and the resources to perform at the convention. And of course my technical director Bernie Gabin, without whose expertise, work, and passion none of this would be possible. Thank you all, for every moment we’re in your thoughts and all the time you’ve devoted.

Soon we’ll be displaying the excellent pictures taken by Anna Munch, our official photographer to the event. And we’ll have video to post taken of Base Instruments at the convention performance. But in the meantime, please enjoy the videos of our previous shows, and see the steps taken in the journey to get where we are today.

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Cast lists for Vivat Regina and Base Instruments at Arisia 2017!

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We have finalized our casts for our shows at Arisia 2017, Mrs. Hawking parts 2 and 3, Vivat Regina and Base Instruments!

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Vivat Regina by Phoebe Roberts

Mrs. Victoria Hawking: Cari Keebaugh
Miss Mary Stone: Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking: Jeremiah O’Sullivan
Mrs. Johanna Braun: Joye Thaller
Mrs. Clara Hawking: Sara Smith
Officer Arthur Swann: Matthew Kamm
Frau Kirsten Gerhard: Kitty Drexel
Herr Christoph Austerlitz: Andrew Prentice
Ensemble: Sara Dion, Travis Ellis

Base Instruments by Phoebe Roberts

Mrs. Victoria Hawking: Cari Keebaugh
Miss Mary Stone: Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking: Jeremiah O’Sullivan
Mrs. Clara Hawking: Sara Smith
Sergeant Arthur Swann: Matthew Kamm
Mr. Justin Hawking: Eric Cheung
Miss Elena Zakharova: Arielle Kaplan
Henry Cavil, Lord Seacourse: Andrew Prentice
Mr. Kyril Chernovsky: Isaiah Plovnick
Miss Yulia Sherba: Ava Maag
Ensemble: Sara Dion, Travis Ellis

And of course, our amazing crew:

Technical Director, Set Designer: Bernie Gabin
Costume Designer, Wardrobe Mistress: Jennifer Giorno
Violence Designer: Arielle Kaplan
Additional Sound Design: Neil Marsh

As always, I am honored when collaborators have a good enough time working with us that they want to come back, and we have a large number of actors who are gracing us with their talents again. It’s so great to have the chance to watch them build their performances over multiple arcs, and she how they interpret that character’s continuing journey.

I’m also really excited about our new collaborators! As I’ve mentioned, my longtime friend and theater partner Frances Kimpel has moved on, but I’m delighted to welcome Cari Keebaugh to the role. Additionally, a fellow committee member from the Watch City Steampunk Festival, Isaiah Plovnick, will be taking on his first role with us.

It’s a wonderful group, and I can’t wait to see how they continue the Mrs. Hawking story as an ensemble.

But in addition to this cast, we’re looking for a few additional crew members. If anyone is interested in being our stage manager, we could very much use the help. We wouldn’t need you for every rehearsal, and though it would be great to start having you when the actors get off-book, but the only time absolutely necessary is tech week and the shows, starting January 8th going through Arisia weekend, the 13th through 15th. There is a small stipend available, plus free admission to the Arisia convention. If you’re interested in joining Team Hawking, send us an email at mrshawkingweb@gmail.com!

Vivat Regina and Base Instruments by Phoebe Roberts will be performed January 13th-15th at the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel as part of Arisia 2017.

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Welcoming Cari Keebaugh to the role of Mrs. Hawking

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In our previous four production cycles of the Mrs. Hawking plays, our eponymous lead has been played by Frances Kimpel, the talented actor and artist who was one of the founding members of the Chameleon’s Dish Theatre. Frances is an old and dear friend of mine who I have worked with on many projects since our days in the Hold Thy Peace Shakespearean theater group at Brandeis University. My admiration for her as an actor is so much that she was one of the original inspirations for how the character of Mrs. Hawking looked and moved.

Frances Kimpel as Mrs. Hawking

Frances Kimpel as Mrs. Hawking

This summer, however, Frances, along with our beloved stage manager Eboracum Richter-Dahl, has moved across the country to Washington state, meaning they can no longer perform their previous roles. But sad as I am to lose the chance to work with such great friends and collaborators, the show must go on. Which means I had to search for another person who could perform this unique and challenging central role. It’s not a choice I could make lightly, as the whole productions rest on the charisma, believability, and fascination of this character. I had to find somebody right.

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It’s been my very good fortune that I had the chance to meet the very talented Cari Keebaugh and find she was interested in auditioning. She was introduced to me in person by Circe Rowan, who plays the role of Mary, but I actually first encountered her in The Post Meridian Radio Players’ The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adapted for performance by another Hawking collaborator Tegan Kehoe. Not only is that one of my all-time favorite stories, which helped inspire my love of Victorian literature and storytelling, but Cari performed the title dual roles. Her performance as a gender-flipped interpretation of the counterparts showcased her versatility and expression, as well as raised familiar issues of a woman being trapped by the conventions of her Victorian world.

As much as I’ll miss Frances, I’m really excited to work with Cari and see what she brings to the role. It’s going to be a transition for me in my vision of the character, but I think that’s a good thing. One of the brilliant features of theater is its potential for endless reinterpretations. If these stories are truly strong, they should welcome that variety. And if the character of Mrs. Hawking, possibly the proudest and most important creation of my life, can stand up to the interpretations of many actors, then I know I’ll have made something with true staying power.

So please join me in welcome Cari to Team Hawking! I can’t wait to see her bring our hero to life.

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Cast for Mrs. Hawking and Vivat Regina at Watch City Steampunk Festival ’16

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We now have casts set down for our upcoming performances of Mrs. Hawking and Vivat Regina at the Watch City Steampunk Festival of 2016!

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This will be our second time performing both of our first two shows in sequence, after a successful turnout this past January at Arisia 2016. We are very blessed to have much of our last cast returning to their roles, but we are also excited to welcome some newcomers to round out our shows.

In part I, Mrs. Hawking

Mrs. Victoria Hawking – Frances Kimpel
Miss Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking – Jeremiah O’Sullivan
Mrs. Celeste Fairmont – Amanda Hurley
Lord Cedric Brockton – Francis Hauert
Sir Walter Grainger – Jordan Greeley
Mr. John Colchester – Andrew Prentice
Miss Grace Monroe – Sara Dion
Ensemble – Radha Shukla, Joye Thaller

And for part II, Vivat Regina

Mrs. Victoria Hawking – Frances Kimpel
Miss Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
Mr. Nathaniel Hawking – Jeremiah O’Sullivan
Mrs. Johanna Braun – Joye Thaller
Mrs. Clara Hawking – Sara Smith
Constable Arthur Swann – Eric Cheung
Frau Kirsten Gerhard – Kitty Drexler
Ensemble – Sara Dion, Travis Ellis, Radha Shukla

We are so excited to work with this group, both those actors who have proven themselves with excellent performances as their characters in the past, and those who came out to join our ensemble for the first time.

Mrs. Hawking and Vivat Regina will be performed on May 7th as part of the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016 in Waltham, MA.

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