Outside the glare and glamor of high society, shrouded in darkness and London’s ever-present fog, the city’s criminal element prey upon those whose positions grant them little recourse or hope for justice. Only one person, a vigilante dressed in black, keeps watch over them in the night.
The year is 1880 in the reign of Queen Victoria. Young Mary Stone has just arrived alone and friendless in London, unsure of what to do with herself after a lifetime of keeping house for her late parents in India. She has no choice but to accept a position as a house girl for Mrs. Victoria Hawking, an aloof, mysterious society widow who seems to want nothing to do with her. But when she discovers Mrs. Hawking’s true business, as a secret champion to the otherwise helpless women of London, Mary is drawn into a world of new heroic purpose battling against devious blackmailers, rescuing kidnapped children, and struggling against the restrictive place their society forces on women.
MRS. HAWKING: Part 1 by Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin is the first episode in a six-part series of stage plays following the adventures of Mary and Mrs. Hawking. (Parts 2-6 and a spin-off episode, Gentlemen Never Tell, will be released at future dates.) Performed and filmed live at the Manchester Community Theater in NH, Mrs. Hawking takes a bold new approach to the classic genre of the Victorian mystery caper.
Begin with a Sherlock Holmes of sorts, a deductive genius following the threads of wrongdoing as concealed by the careful manners of a straitlaced culture. Blend into this the psychological complexity of a brooding, Batman-esque avenger driven by old wounds and a fierce indignation over society’s injustices. And to complete the image, give it a twist– make her a woman, her endeavors cloaked by a mask of harmless respectability, when in reality she is a defiant, Steampunk-style shattering of the delicate Victorian mold. Join Mary as she enters the world of Mrs. Victoria Hawking, and see for yourself what a compelling combination this makes!
- Mrs. Hawking – Cari Keebaugh
- Mary Stone – Circe Rowan
- Nathaniel Hawking – Christian Krenek
- Lord Brockton – LilyDean ten Eicken
- Mrs. Fairmont – Sarah Boçi
- John Colchester – Jason Tilton
- Clara Hawking – Jackie Freyman
- Sir Walter Grainger – Michael McAfee
- Grace Monroe – Jenn Day
- Ensemble – Andrew Prentice, Kate Potter, Pieter Wallace
- Directed by Phoebe Roberts
- Edited by Bernie Gabin
- Stage managed by Naomi Ibasitas
- Sound by Jason Keuhl
Written by Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin
Phoebe Roberts, writer and director – MrsHawkingWeb@gmail.com
Cari Keebaugh, press contact – ThatsVeryCari@gmail.com
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