Meet the Cast of August and Autumn

BUY TICKETS BUTTONMeet the cast of August and Autumn! These lovely faces are coming soon to a theatre near you – the show runs from November 30 to December 7, so buy your tickets now!

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Tim Hoover (August)
Tim Hoover is somewhat of a professional memorizer, working extensively in educational and historical theater, keeping 14 different scripts and 6 different tours in his head for several different companies he works with regularly, but he can’t remember what he was supposed to pick up at the store. You may remember him from Vagabond’s Burning Up the Dictionary (nominated for 2013 IRNE Award Best New Play). He loves working with local companies and helping to develop new plays, and he is the president of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston.

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Melissa Walker (Autumn)
Melissa Walker is thrilled to be making her debut with Vagabond Theatre Group! Most recently, Melissa has been involved with Turner Street Productions producing and acting in Allston Xmas, an anthology web series about the trials and tribulations of moving day in Boston.  Previous credits include Shelby in Steel Magnolias (The NextDoor Theatre), Maria in Twefth Night (Summer Festival Theatre), and Pearl in The Scarlett Letter (New Rep on Tour). Thanks to Markus.

Alyssa PurnhagenAlyssa Purnhagen (Elizabeth)
Alyssa is excited to be working with Vagabond for the second time! Graduated from Salem State University with her BA in Theater. Some of her past roles included Leslie in Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension, Chrissy in In the Boom Boom Room, Mimi in A New Brain, Maria in Twelfth Night, Professor Don in All in the Timing: The Universal Language, Louise in The Underpants, Camille in Red Noses, Seta in Beast on the Moon and was a member of the University’s improvisational troupe, Grandma’s Third Leg.

photoJim Remmes (Fig)
Jim is thrilled to once again be working with Vagabond Theatre Group! Jim recently appeared as Questry in Science Fiction Theatre’s The Aurora Project, Josef Gross in Flat Earth Theatre’s The MemorandumBox in Vagabond Theatre Group’s True Believers and in Acting Out Theatre Company’s productions of The Foreigner, Almost, Maine, & Leading Ladies. Jim has a degree in Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University. He is now an attorney.

DSC_1454Katelyn Beaudoin (Marissa)
Katelyn is a graduate from Salem State University with a BFA in performance. Recently she has been seen in various staged readings for new works of theatre all along the North Shore. Favorite past credits include: Rent (Mimi Marquez), Great Expectations (Biddy/Mrs. Joe/Wemmick), Kat(i)e & J(aw)hn (Katie), Escape from Happiness (Dianne Black). This is Katelyn’s debut with Vagabond Theatre group and she extends a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to the cast and crew for being so dedicated to creating new works of theatre.  She’d also like to thank her outstanding parents who have always been a source of unwavering encouragement, love, and support. And last but not least, a big ‘thank you’ her friends who’ve lit a fire under her butt and helped her to keep on keeping on.

Zach WinstonZach Winston (Thomas)
Recent Boston and New England performance credits include Hair (Counter-Productions Theatre Co.), A Bright New Boise, Tigers Be Still (Norton nomination- Outstanding Fringe Theatre Production, Zeitgeist Stage Co.), A Skull in ConnemaraTrue Believers (Vagabond Theatre Group), Such Times: A Sexfest of New Work (Heart & Dagger Productions), and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day (Boston Children’s Theater), How May I Connect You? (Project: Project). Zach serves as Literary Manager for Vagabond Theatre Group, and has filled many other roles in the company including Stage Manager for Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension, writer of The Unfortunate Cutthroats, and Assistant Director for Burning the Barn and Burning Up the Dictionary, both of which received IRNE award nominations for Best New Play.

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Meet the Cast: Kevin Paquette

Kevin Paquette as TomMeet Kevin Pacquet, who plays Tom in Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension! Tom is a theoretical physicist and a sort of narrator in the show who spends his time obsessing over the secrets of the universe. He ponders things such as parallel universes and time travel. Science is basically his spirituality, and he uses his work to get around his grief, anger, and sadness, rather than just confront them head on. It doesn’t always work in the way he hopes, and when that happens, it only makes everything worse.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side?
I am a server at Zuma Tex-Mex in Fanueil Hall; Home of the $4.00 margarita. It is really really exciting… I wish there was more to it than that, but there isn’t really.

What has been your favorite thing about working on the play so far?
I am enjoying every part of the process so far, and I think that is because of the people who are involved in it. Everyone really wants to be there and is enjoying themselves, and they are all in it for the right reasons which is to put on a good show. There aren’t any huge egos going around and everyone remembers to have fun. For as serious as this show gets, there isn’t a rehearsal that goes by without laughter. I love going to rehearsal. It’s where I want to be most of the time.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
I love how passionate he is about his work. I think it is the part of him that I connect to the most. The way he feels about the universe, and time and space. Such is the way I am about acting and theatre. He is obsessed with it and consumed by it, which is unhealthy at times, but it brings him peace and it helps him better understand himself and the world around him, which is something I completely understand. It is a part of him. He doesn’t know how not to do it.

Have you ever been fascinated by a certain aspect of science?
Just like Tom, I love the idea of Time Travel. It is probably because of the sort of movies and television I watch, such as Doctor Who. I was also a big fan of history in High School, and I would love to be able to Vacation in the past. Check out Ancient Rome or go figure out this Shakespearian authorship question once and for all. I don’t think I would want to go to my future though, that could get really scary.

What’s the weirdest way you’ve ever entered a building?
I pretty much only enter buildings in practical ways. Though there have been times where I have had to break into my own house via the window because I had lost my key. The weirdest way I would want to enter a building is to just crash through a big glass window and make a big scene, but say nothing and continue to my business.

Are you listening to any music to prepare for this show?
I listen to a lot of music in general and I tend to make playlists for when I am reading a script. Currently my playlist is a lot of instrumental post rock and very ambient music. A lot of “Sigur Ros”, “This Will Destroy You”, and “Broken Social Scene”. It is very relaxing and is a type of music that allows me to read and think. I also think that some of it works very well the sci-fi/ethereal feel of the show.

Do you have any special relationships with geographic locations (good or bad) like the characters in the play have or had with the cabin?
When I was in high school, my friends and I started going to a park near the fens called, “Mother’s Rest”. If we didn’t want to be in school, we would just leave and go there. Hang out, swing, get into all different types of debauchery. We still go there when everyone is in town. It is just so full of love and great memories. I don’t have a single bad recollection of that place and it is very special to me. More so now then when we were in high school because we don’t all see each other as often, but when we go there, it’s as if nothing has changed. I love it.

Meet the Cast: Alyssa Purnhagen

Alyssa Purnhagen as LeslieMeet Alyssa Purnhagen, who plays Leslie in Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension. Her character is a novelist with a feisty attitude. She is tired, drinking and smoking too much to cope with a secret she’s held in for a year.

If you weren’t in theatre, what would be your dream job?
Working in the theatre full time would be my dream job. But, if that wasn’t an option, I would like to own a restaurant. I love good food and good beer. It’s something that everyone can relate to and enjoy together.

What has been your favorite thing about working on the play so far?
The people. From staff to my fellow cast mates. Everyone is very talented and full of energy. It’s a comfortable, fun place to be.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
Leslie isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind. Also not afraid to swear up a storm. LOVE her potty mouth.

Have you ever been fascinated by a certain aspect of science?
The fact that our universe is still expanding fascinates and terrifies me. Carmen’s line “…The swami said, ‘I’ve looked at the stars, and God is breathing out. … Come back to me when you find that God is breathing in.'” SCARY.

Meet the Cast: Devon Scalisi

Devon Scalisi as DanDevon Scalisi plays Dan in Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension, the quick tempered, guilt-ridden alpha male. Devon says that if Carmen (Rachel Katherine Alexander’s character) were to read his fortune, she would probably tell him that he’ll create more ideas and commentaries in my mind than I’m ever going to put action to. And that within this process-based struggle of creation, he’s going to share a love with those closest to him in the most altruistic manner that he possibly can. He thinks she would also probably tell him that he’s sure to accidentally piss off a lot of people along the way, which he blames with a smile on his Irish genes.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
I appreciate Dan’s want to understand ‘the truth.’ Although his motivations for wanting to uncover ‘the truth’ of the terrible events that he and his friends experienced are questionable, the righteousness of his goals come with a conviction that I believe many people rarely experience.

What totally confuses you about physics?
I really enjoy aspects of conceptual physics, big picture reports and conversation. Or even more grandiose ideas like the purpose of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. But what confuses me about physics? Everything. If Commander Data can’t explain it to me, then save your breath.

What’s the weirdest way you’ve ever entered a building?
Oh, gosh. Well, I was a little bit of a hellraiser when I younger; bored suburban kids looking for an outlet get into all kinds of trouble. There was the time when I broke into a GE Power Plant when I was fourteen or so by crawling through an air duct. Or the time when I broke into my middle school by climbing through a rooftop sun window. Or the time I scaled a three-story building to climb through a window of a locked apartment. Clearly, I would never do anything like that now, for more reasons than just legality; I’m conscious about walking down steps too quickly now. File this transition under: “Things That Change When You’re No Longer a Kid.”

Are you listening to any music to prepare for this show?
Always. I’m not as into the contemporary music scene these days, but some old stand-byes that are ‘Supergravity’/character-specific: The Pixies “Where is my Mind”, Elliot Smith “Needle in the Hay”, The Methadones “ILL at Ease”, Nirvana “Territorial Pissings”, Modest Mouse “March Into the Sea”, Radiohead “A Wolf at the Door” Green Day “Desensitized,” and Tom Petty “Don’t Fade on Me.”

Meet the Cast: Rachel Katherine Alexander, Carmen

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Meet Rachel Katherine Alexander, who you may have seen last summer in our production of True Believers! Rachel says her favorite thing about her character is her fire and the way she pursues her goals with determination, even when she isn’t sure what she wants.

If you weren’t in theatre, what would be your dream job?
Now, some people may be surprised by this but my close friends should already know it. If I could do anything in the world I would, beyond the shadow of a doubt, become a Rap Artist.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side?
I currently work for a Private Equity Firm in downtown Boston… Don’t worry; I don’t really know what that means either. Essentially it means that my loans are going to get paid off quickly, and then I’ll be free to roam to the ends of the earth – and that I now possess the “Klass” card that I can throw down in social situations as needed.

What has been your favorite thing about working on the play so far?
Learning to Fly! And all the Stage combat we’ve done with Meron – I always love me some good old fashioned violence and frankly I haven’t had enough of it in my acting career yet. I’m just hoping my knees will develop an immunity to bruises before opening night…

Have you ever been fascinated by a certain aspect of science?
Oh man. During college I got really into Quantum Physics and all things mind-blowing about our world. Multiple Universes, the idea of Infinity, Black Holes, Extraterrestrial Life, the formation of Stars etc. My all-time favorite question to ponder is: What exactly is the Soul? I strictly dabble but anytime you want someone to contemplate the Universe with, I’m your girl.

Are you listening to any music to prepare for this show?
Yes actually. I’ve made a ‘Carmen’ playlist on my iPod that I listen to every day. Lots of Lana del Rey (because she is SO Carmen), The Killers, Joan Jett, Amy Winehouse, Modest Mouse, Dashboard Confessional, Matchbox Twenty, Florence and the Machine, and any other artist with songs that make me feel Carmen.

Do you have any special relationships with geographic locations (good or bad) like the characters in the play have or had with the cabin?
When I was 7 I saw the ocean for the first time. I was living in Lynn and for the next 13 years, Lynn Beach became a haven for me. My best friend and I would be there every day: Swimming, running, hanging out, meeting boys, staying out late, and generally getting into non-trouble. Through college I still made a point of stopping there at least once a day just to breathe. It reminds me a lot of when Carmen talks about the quality of the air at the Cabin – “Lightens the lungs”

Meet the Playwright: Heather Houston

Heather HeadshotMeet Heather Houston, Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension playwright! In her day job, Heather works for Harvard Law, saying that her expertise is “translating for the copier when it gets too complicated for the lawyers.” She’s super smart!

If you weren’t in theatre, what would be your dream job?
Oh, I’d still be a writer of some sort.  I’d still feel the need to create whole worlds in my head and have my creations fight back at me.  In fact, if I could get a magic typewriter that would let me have full-on battles with my characters, that would be neato-keen, and I’d set up a camera, just like all of those really terrible mockumentary horror movies and record myself having battles.  Of course, no one would believe it, so I couldn’t go into film, but I would totally write that shit down and get a best-selling novel out of it, because let’s face it, the printed word can’t die…. Can it?  CAN IT?  So, yeah, to hell with playwrighting.  Thanks for convincing me.

What has been your favorite thing about working on the play so far?
My favorite part has been watching the characters develop as the actors get their hands on them.

Ooh, wait, another favorite part is listening to the production team tell me their ideas to make this world come alive and having me look at them like, “Come on, get out of here.  I know I wrote it in the script, but I never expected anyone to actually DO it.  You guys are crazy.  You’re my heroes.”

Ooh, wait, also watching James Sotis work his magic as director (and clandestinely planning how I might take credit for his brilliance).  Muwahahaha!

Have you ever been fascinated by a certain aspect of science?
Yes, horticulture.  I know some people think I’m into physics, but really, it’s plants for me.  Just kidding.  I’ve been awe-struck by what the equations of physics can say about the world that we both can and can’t see and how those worlds collide.  Of course that’s what sparked the idea for this play.

What totally confuses you about physics?
Um, everything.  I’m more of what you would call an armchair physicist, which means I will live in perpetual fear that someone who really knows what they’re talking about will show up to the play and rip it to shreds.  Little do they know my fearless band of ninjas await.

Do you have any special relationships with geographic locations (good or bad) like the characters in the play have or had with the cabin?
My grandmother’s house.  Whenever I would go to visit, I would sleep in the back room, and at the foot of my bed, I swear to God there was a clown just like the one that pulled that kid under the bed in Poltergeist.  I will never forget that clown.  If only I could find him now and make him suffer for all the years of torment he has given me.  I would like to dedicate this play to him.

Meet the Cast: Noah Tobin

Noah Tobin as FredNoah Tobin plays Fred in Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension. Fred is the fun and energetic center of the group of friends. He’s there to keep the peace, and has a witty bons mot ready for every scenario.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side?
I manipulate humans on a daily basis. I manage a staff of tutors at a small, boutique test-prep and tutoring firm.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
Fred is the go-between. I love the way he knows just what to say to every other person in that cabin to keep the peace. I also appreciate the chance to depict a same-sex couple that isn’t defined by their sexuality, but it is one element of who they are as people.

Have you ever been fascinated by a certain aspect of science?
I was a pretty stereotypically kid as far as science goes. I had my dinosaurs phase, including taking enrichment courses at a local college and making models of dinosaurs, as well as my space kid, including a couple of weekend trips to Space Camp. The latter also lead to my lifelong obsession with Star Trek novels. I should, perhaps, be ashamed.

What totally confuses you about physics?
I’ve never let myself think about physics enough to get confused. I accept what I have to accept for Sci-Fi movies to be believable and that’s about it. Letting myself go down the rabbit hole any further would lead to a lifelong depression, and I have no intentions of ending up like Tom.