ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 8pm
Bare Bones 16: At War, featuring Like a Loss and The Wheel, will be presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Suggested Donation $5 - General Admission - No reservations required
About the Shows
Like a Loss
written and directed by Phoebe Roberts
Faithful batman Henry Chapman does not often pry into the personal matters of his employer, the decorated Colonel Reginald Prescott Hawking. But when some of his master's burdens seem to grow too great, Chapman attempts to understand why Colonel Hawking has chosen to endure conditions as they are.
As those familiar with the Mrs. Hawking play series know, one of its most intriguing mysteries is the figure of the Colonel, the late husband of our hero about whom she still harbors so much resentment and complicated feeling. In this ten-minute play, set seventeen years before Mrs. Hawking and Mary ever meet, we at last get to meet this much-discussed man, and gain some insight into the nature of his strange, tragic marriage to our hero.
|Colonel Reginal Prescott Hawking||....||Brad Smith|
|Henry Chapman||....||Eboracum Richter-Dahl|
written by Zinnie Harris
directed by Jess Viator
Beatriz and her sister Rosa are preparing for Rosa's wedding celebration, to be held on their Spanish farm sometime in the 19th Century, when they are interrupted by brash and demanding soldiers on their way to a war. The groom has been recruited, the wedding is ruined, and the soldiers take over the farm. A small girl enters the scene: the soldiers want to kill her or abandon her, but Beatriz decides to find the girl's deserter father, who is always just over the next hill. Beatriz and the girl, who does not speak, travel far and wide—and through the history of modern warfare—and encounter all the sinister, pathetic and desperate people that war creates.
About the Directors:
Phoebe Roberts, writer and director of Like a Loss, is a Boston-area writer, director, actor, and model. Her major project is her theatrical series Mrs. Hawking, a series of Victorian action capers that asks "What if Sherlock Holmes were more like a lady Batman?" The first in the series, Mrs. Hawking, saw its debut performance as part of Arisia 2015 to great response. Both Mrs. Hawking and its sequel Vivat Regina have been seen staged readings at previous Bare Bones. The third installment in the series, Base Instruments, is slated for release later this year. More information can be found at the project's website, MrsHawking.com.
Jess Viator, directing The Wheel, has just returned from completing the MLitt in Theatre Studies program at the University of Dundee in Scotland. While there she directed Zinnie Harris' The Panel, as well as her own, short children’s play, The Giant with the Darkened Heart, at the Dundee Repertory Theatre. Some of her directing credits in Boston include Sherlock Holmes and The Sign of Four, and The Hound of the Baskervilles with the Post-Meridian Radio Players, and Will Eno's Tragedy: a Tragedy and Tom Stoppard's The 15-Minute Hamlet for Theatre@First. Jess is thrilled to direct a Bare Bones piece for Theatre@First again, and is especially grateful to J for her boundless patience.
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 - Like a Loss||.....||Phoebe Roberts|
|Director - The Wheel||.....||Jess Viator|
|Bare Bones Program Director||.....||J Deschene|
|Asst. Bare Bones Program Director||.....||Elizabeth Hunter|
|Stage Manager||.....||Leslie Drescher|