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THis is a scene for the far off-future, when I finally get to the sixth Hawking story, the one where they take on Jack the Ripper. I'm not sure if it will actually be useable-- since I don't know practically ANYTHING about this plot yet --but it's one I've kind of always wanted to include. Mrs. Hawking, in her pursuit of taking down the Ripper, goes to consult a person she feels like knows more than she's saying. I like the idea of never actually positively identifying that person, and seeing if the audience can tell who it's supposed to be. ;-)

Distinguished Matron in Widow's Weeds
by Phoebe Roberts

VICTORIA HAWKING, lady's society avenger
A MATRON, elderly, in widow's weeds

London, England, 1888

(A distinguished Victorian matron waits in a darkened room. After a moment, MRS. HAWKING drops from the ceiling in her mask and hood and lands in a crouch before her.)


MATRON: Still insisting on your ridiculous stealth, I see.

MRS. HAWKING: You know what my work entails.

MATRON: You are fortunate we even deign to see you, with all your conditions and terms.

MRS. HAWKING: You cannot afford to make an enemy of me.

MATRON: As you will not let us forget. But enough of this. What do you want?

MRS. HAWKING: I want his name.

MATRON: Whose name?

MRS. HAWKING: You know who I mean. This has gone too far.

MATRON: Why would you believe we were even privy to that information?

MRS. HAWKING: Because you do nothing. If you will not act to stop this beast, you must have a reason. You must know something.

MATRON: It is not so simple.

MRS. HAWKING: What then? Is it something to do with your blasted grandson?

MATRON: Have a care what you suggest, madam.

MRS. HAWKING: You permit a butcher of women to roam free in your own city!

MATRON: There is more at stake here than a few lost souls.

MRS. HAWKING: There is nothing more at stake than this!

MATRON: Madam, you will not raise your voice to us--

MRS. HAWKING: I want. His name.

MATRON: We do not know it to tell you!

MRS. HAWKING: Then what do you know? Tell me!


MATRON: If we tell you-- what do you mean to do?

MRS. HAWKING: End this.

MATRON: What does that--

MRS. HAWKING: End him.

MATRON: I can neither help nor protect you.

MRS. HAWKING: I have always done without that.

MATRON: This cannot come back to us. You must keep this in the dark.

MRS. HAWKING: As I said. You know how I work. Now, madam. Tell me what you know.

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Aug. 23rd, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Neat idea, I like the idea of a shadowy power figure, but the "royal we" is kind of a giveaway...
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My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

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Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
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at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

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"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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