Base Instruments

written and directed by Phoebe Roberts

London, England, 1883 — Mary has been Mrs. Hawking's protege for two years now, learning the ropes of championing the downtrodden women of London with the intent of one day taking her mistress's place. When Mrs. Hawking is injured in the line of duty, the press for Mary to master the trade becomes all the more urgent as a dancer in the St. Petersberg ballet approaches them to solve the murder of the prima ballerina. But as the team hunts down the truth, Nathaniel's determination to be of use in his aunt's work has consequences he doesn't expect, and Mary begins to realize the heavy cost of taking on the life Mrs. Hawking leads. Learn more at

About The Playwright: Phoebe Roberts ( is a local writer, actor, director, costumer, and model. She has produced the Mrs. Hawking series of Victorian adventure shows at Arisia and the Watch City Steampunk Festival. The first three installments are available at, with the script for part four, Gilded Cages, coming in 2016.


ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, June 10th, 2016 at 8pm.

Base Instruments was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., Somerville.

Suggested Donation $5 — General Admission — No reservations required


Victoria Hawking

Mary Stone

Nathaniel Hawking

Clara Hawking

Justin Hawking / Kiril Chernovsky

Sgt. Arthur Swann / Lord Seacourse

Elizabeth Hunter

Circe Rowan

Jeremiah O'Sullivan

Samantha LeVangie

Eric Cheung

Matthew Kamm

Production Team


Program Director

Phoebe Roberts

Jess Viator