Vivat Regina with Overtones

About The Directors:

Phoebe Roberts is a twenty-seven-year-old Waltham-area writer focused in the area of stage and screen. Her ten-minute plays have been performed across the country, and she can be seen as an actress in the occasional production as well, often with the Watch City Players. Her Mrs. Hawking series tells the stories of a team of covert society avengers set in Victorian London, and the previous installment of the series was read at Bare Bones in April of 2013. More information can be found at

Mary Parker is a bipedal mammal from the Pacific Northwest. She is occasionally glimpsed by weary travelers and defective cameras. Overtones is her directing debut with T@F.


ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8pm.

Suggested Donation $5 — General Admission — No reservations required


Vivat Regina and Overtones were presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., Somerville.

The performance space is not wheelchair-accessible.

Parking on William St is by permit only. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.

Vivat Regina

written and directed by Phoebe Roberts

In this sequel to Victorian mystery caper, Mrs. Hawking, Mary Stone is doing her best learn the trade of her mistress's work as a covert agent for women victimized by Victorian society. Mrs. Hawking's nephew Nathaniel, too, struggles to find what contribution he can make to his aunt's work, and neither one seems to be serving to their mentor's satisfaction. But when a mysterious lady under a false name comes to them with a next-to-impossible mission, Mrs. Hawking and her assistants must bring together all their varied strengths and capabilities in order to see that justice is done. Vivat Regina is the second in the Mrs. Hawking series, but does not require knowledge of the previous installment to be followed or enjoyed.

Victoria Hawking

Mary Stone

Nathaniel Hawking

Johanna Braun / Kirsten Gergard

Clara Hawking

Arthur Swann

Elizabeth Hunter

Gabrielle Geller

Ryan Kacani

Joye Thaller

Samantha LeVangie

Matthew Kamm


by Alice Gerstenberg

directed by Mary Parker

Overtones tells the story of two women having tea. On the surface, their conversation is pleasant but loaded, with each woman hoping to take something precious from the other. Not content to settle for subtext, playwright Alice Gerstenberg employs two extra actresses to portray each woman's hidden desires. This 1915 play is not only one of the earliest examples of split protagonists, but one of the earliest popular experimental plays by an American woman.





Renée Johnson

Vickie Wu

Nellie Farrington

Amanda Dausman

Production Team

Program Director

Asst. Program Director

J. Deschene

Elizabeth Hunter