Knight of the Burning Pestle

by Francis Beaumont

directed by Mary Parker

Theatre@First is proud to present Francis Beaumont's comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle. This almost forgotten Elizabethan gem combines the best of Shakespearean-style farce with a modern, meta flavor. Recently performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London!


Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8pm

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8pm

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8pm

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 8pm (Autism-Friendly Night)

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8pm

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2pm (Parent-Friendly Matinee)

Special Performances

Thursday, April 30th at 8pm — Autism-Friendly Night! The house lights will be left on, scene-by-scene write-ups will be available, and other adjustments made to facilitate enjoyment of our show by theatre-goers on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. A Quiet Room with streaming audio of the performance will be available elsewhere in the building and trained volunteers will be on hand to assist with audience needs.

Saturday, May 2nd at 2pm — Parent-Friendly Show! Childcare will be provided during the performance. Bring the kids to see the show or play upstairs with our experienced caregivers while adults enjoy the show on their own! $5 for children under 12 — please select "Student" on the reservation form.


Knight of the Burning Pestle was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, 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.


The Prologue

Stagehand 1/Tapster

Stagehand 2/Barber

Squires Tim and George


Citizen's Wife

Rafe the Apprentice

Lady Venturewell

Jasper Merrythought

Lucy Venturewell


Mistress Merrythought

Mabel Merrythought

Charles Merrythought

The Band

Benjamin Medeiros

Anna-Laura Silva

Samantha Amodeo

Vickie Wu

Brian Edgar

Melissa Ehlers

Fabiana Cabral

Jennie Rose Halperin

Brian Keller

Amanda Dausman

Chris Deter

Andrea Aptecker

Nicole Jones

Doug Miller

Katrina Obarski (harpsichord)

Chad Bergeron (recorder)

Stephanie Franzosa (flute)

Nick Close (tenor)

Production Team



Technical Director

Assistant Director

Music Director

Stage Manager

Lighting Designer

Movement Coach

Set Designers

Costume Designer

Hair & Makeup

House Manager

Publicity Manager

Graphic Designer

Chris DeKalb

Mary Parker

Matt Arnold

Sanjana Shankar

Doug Miller

Sanjana Shankar

Matt Arnold

Kamela Dolinova

Melinda Cross

Anna Britton

Tegan Sutherland

Kelly Gainor

Chris DeKalb

Stephanie Haddad

Gilly Rosenthol