Cage of Light

by Bill Gray

adapted for the stage and directed by Neil Marsh

The year is 2116 and humanity has yet to make contact with another intelligent species. Exploration Commander John Allen wants to change that, but after returning from his first mission with no memory, he is forced to recall events through interrogation by an electronic Jury. Travel into Commander Allen's mind and discover what took place on the planet Nochus. Did he find intelligent aliens? Did they survive the encounter? What happened to make him lose his memory? This eerie and thought-provoking tale will leave you questioning your own senses.

Cage of Light is a staged reading based on a play written by Canadian radio producer Bill Gray for the 1980s CBC series Vanishing Point. It has been adapted for the stage by Theatre@First sound designer and former Post-Meridian Radio Players artistic director Neil Marsh.

About The Director: After twelve years of doing sound design, Neil Marsh is finally directing his first show with Theatre@First. Will wonders never cease? When he's not thinking about theatre—wait, who are we kidding, he's always thinking about theatre!—Neil is a lifelong fan of radio drama. He co-founded T@F's sister organization, The Post-Meridian Radio Players, and served as its Artistic Director for eight years. During that time he created PMRP's Parsec Award-winning audiodrama miniseries, The Mask of Inanna. Neil is also known for his portrayal of the recurring character Porec in the Blue Sky Red podcast Second Shift. His next project is a new series of audio shorts entitled Tales from Eternity Cove.

About the Playwright: Before his success as an international award-winning movie and TV producer, Bill Gray worked as a radio producer during the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio drama "renaissance" of the early 1980s. From the Calgary studios, he wrote and produced episodes of CBC's acclaimed horror anthology Nightfall and later, in Vancouver, wrote host copy for that show's third season, as well as writing this episode for the sci-fi anthology Vanishing Point. Bill's other work includes the television pilot 49th & Main, which he co-produced with former CBC Radio producer and infamous "Smoking Man", William B. Davis. These days Bill can be seen on the Vancouver coffeehouse open-mike circuit performing his own, original songs.


ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 8pm, followed by a talkback with the cast and director

Free with Suggested Donation – General Admission – No reservations needed

BONUS SNEAK PREVIEW! People attending the Boston sci-fi convention ARISIA can catch a sneak preview of Cage of Light on Sunday, January 15, 2018, at 2:30pm in Grand Ballroom CD at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Visit for details.


Useless Questions was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144.

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.


Commander Allen

The Nochian

Commodore Innes

Carla Reid-Smith

Ensign Wright

The Narrator

voices by

Andy Hicks

Kara Hurvitz

Mike Haddad

Jenn Giorno

Mary Parker

Tegan Kehoe

Emma Caywood

Neil Marsh

Production Team



Stage Manager

Original Soundscape

Theme Music

Graphic Designer


Vickie Wu

Neil Marsh

Kay Coughlin

Neil Marsh

Michael J. Veloso

Gilly Rosenthol

Leah Bateman