New Play Submissions for our Spring Production!

I’m going to cut to the chase. We here at Vagabond Theatre Group are looking for a new show. And we’re opening submissions starting NOW!

This submission period will mark the first time that we here at VTG have opened submissions with a direct target toward production. While we generally have an open door policy for scripts, and (of course) our regular TWBW submissions, we’ve always come upon our productions in a very organic way. This time, we’re sounding the call loud and clear: We have a theatre space at our disposal in March 2014, and we want to work with you!

Submissions will close roughly one month from today (on Tuesday, October 29), so if you feel like you need some time for a quick polish, go ahead. If you’re ready and rearin’, shoot your PDFs, synopses, and bios to

The our upcoming production of Brian Tuttle’s August and Autumn will be the seventh show we’ve staged (and sixth new play!), and all of them have been an amazing adventure. They’ve been a grab bag of sizes, genres, and challenges, and we want to keep on keepin’ on. Surprise us with your stories! Confound us with your content! Send us your plays!

We’re unbelievably excited to get our hands messy with your work and all the playing, thinking, tweaking, writing, chancing, what-if-ing, and discovering that goes along with it.

We know there’s a lot of talent and a lot of captivating stories out there. Let’s bring them to life.

James C Ferguson’s King Arthur in Contemporary Connecticut

Please join us for…

There Will Be Words
King Arthur in Contemporary Connecticut
by James C Ferguson

Thursday, March 14, 7:00 PM
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street, Boston

TWBW6PosterIn the middle of a battle with the evil Mordrid, King Arthur is suddenly and magically transported to the twentieth century, where he’s faced with continuing his quest for the Holy Grail. In this comedy/satire inspired by Mark Twain’s famous work A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the Has-been King Arthur meets up with the wizard Merlin (who of course–being a wizard–is immortal ) and the ghosts of friends long past to settle scores and forge a new future.Please join VTG for a reading of local playwright James C Ferguson’s KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT!

As with all TWBW readings, admission is FREE, though we do suggest a donation of $2 to help us continue to hold events like this and bring fresh, new voices to Boston audiences.

So, arrive early, grab a drink and a bite to eat in Trident’s cafe, and support small theatre!

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!

Announcing VTG’s Summer Production! Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension

“String theory: 10 dimensions. 9 spatial. 1 of time. Which is the fourth dimension. Supergravity: 11 dimensions. 10 spatial. 1 of time. Again the fourth dimension. One whole dimension. Some people think it’s arbitrary but…Time and Space.”

So begins Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension, a new play by Boston-based playwright Heather Houston. We here at VTG fell in love with the piece when it came across our desk during an open call for submissions, and our theatrical imaginations have been dancing with the possibilities ever since. Supergravity stuck right in there, holding on, making itself known, daring us to see it on stage. And now, after all that relentless pushing,  I am extraordinarily excited to announce to all of you that Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension will be Vagabond Theatre Group’s next full production, coming your way this July!

Supergravity is an extraordinary piece of work. Told primarily through the point of view of Tom, a theoretical physicist, the play explores the relationships of four close friends — Leslie, Dan, Fred, and Tom– the year after the tragic death of their friend Carmen strains their relationship to the point of fracture. Memories of Carmen haunt the group, and the laws of physics are bent as they work through their suspicions, grief, anger, and sadness together. As the truth comes to light, everyone must reconcile what happened with their own version of reality.

“Her journey will be quick, but you’ll never see her disappear in your lifetime.”

The physical, metaphysical, scientific, and emotional elements at play in Supergravity explode on stage as we run through the lives of these young people and around their universe. It’s exciting stuff, and we here at VTG can’t wait to get our hands dirty. This show–about space, time, love, hate, death, and life–will go up as our fifth original production(!), and we are ready-and-set to hit it headlong. Watch our blog, eblast, twitter, and facebook feeds for information about how you can get involved.

Theatre is awesome, guys. Let’s make some more.


There Were Words (with a little bit of horror)!

From left to right: Cassandra Meyer, Cara Grace Pacifico, Rachel Katherine Alexander and Travis Stickney.

It was during a staff meeting about a week before Burning up the Dictionary opened that one of our readers brought up The Centipede King by Peter Floyd. The play sounded fascinating and, while everyone else stayed in town to build and paint scenery for Burning up the Dictionary that day, I went home to check it out. At first, the play was a bit challenging. It has a visual and multi-layered style, so simply reading the words to oneself doesn’t do the piece justice. But can anyone say they weren’t challenged by Death of a Salesman or Waiting for Godot while simply reading it? No, because plays are meant to be performed. Not read.

Presenting The Centipede King at TWBW was a unique experience not only for the benefits of both playwright and company, but also for the fact that it was a drastic alternative to anything and everything we had ever done before. It’s a theatrical horror movie! Sure, we could have mounted a reading of The Pillowman, but it’s a much more fulfilling and beneficial experience to workshop a new play with the writer in the room.

It was a pleasure working with Peter Floyd and hearing everyone’s feedback at TWBW (that’s pronounced “tuh-wuh-buh-wuh,” for those who haven’t read my last blog post). We can’t thank you enough for giving Peter a lot of positive and helpful feedback because TWBW’s main purpose is to the benefit the playwright. There’s only so much we can do in rehearsals without an audience, and it’s good to know we have such smart, supportive and helpful people coming to our events.

In other VTG news, we are getting ready to open submissions for TWBW #6 (which will take place March 14 at 7:00 PM) and I’m very much looking forward to reading all of your plays. Also, we’re in the final phases of securing a script for our big July production. Be sure to keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for both of those announcements or you can join our mailing list to have information sent straight to your inbox. Thank you for supporting live theatre, and thank you for joining us at There Will Be Words!

– Zach Winston, Literary Associate

MMORPGee, that was fun.

Hey, everyone. Your friendly neighborhood Artistic Director, here.

It’s been a few days since the closing of our biggest production yet, True Believers. The response to this show has been bigger and brighter than we could have hoped for. In our last week, we sold out our Wednesday show (a Wednesday?! A Wednesday.), our Friday show, and our closing night show on Saturday was standing-room-only. Judging by the reviews, the Facebook and Twitter feedback, and the amount of you that stayed to mingle with us after the show, you really dug our little shindig. So before anything else: Thank you. On behalf of all of us here at VTG, thank you.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re glad you all had fun, because we sure as hell had a blast. When you spend day after day with a spandex superhero, a real-life Slave Leia, and Steampunk Jesus himself, it would be hard not to.

A special shoutout goes forth to the lot of you that followed True Believers all the way from our There Will Be Words reading back in February. I’ve had some wonderful conversations with a bunch of you about the changes, tweaks, and challenges we had to overcome to bring such a unique script to life. It seems like only yesterday that we read the words “MMORPG” and “Cyborg Head of Stan Lee” to the crowds at Trident. When you all asked how that was going to happen, we said we’d cross that bridge when we came to it. As far as I’m concerned, now that it’s over: VTG 1, Bridge 0.

Your support and feedback along this journey has been invaluable.

True Believers Cast and Crew

I count myself lucky to not only have a fantastic audience, but also to work with the best cast and crew a guy could ask for. Almost 50 people worked on True Believers in some fashion over the last five months. From the TWBW Cast to the production crew, these are some of the most talented people I knew. I’m overjoyed to have found them. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Boston theatre scene—pick any name out of our program, and I can near-guarantee you that you will have a fantastic time working with any person therein. You won’t regret it.

(Side note: You know you’ve stumbled upon a singularly amazing collection of humans when you all gather between stifling hot matinees to watch Hook projected over the stage. Shouting “Bangarang Rufio!” at the screen with your cast is a great source of pre-show positive energy.)

A lot of hard work went into this production—by both cast and crew—and I think it shows. One review called True Believers “the best teched show [they’ve] ever seen at The Factory Theater.” That’s a humbling statement, and I can sure name great work done by other artists in the space. However, that bar is now set very high for us, and we’re going to try and clear it every time.

In the end, this entire experienced has just pumped me full of enthusiasm for the next one. Whether it’s a full TWBW to Production cycle, a one off performance, a reading, or another such event, we’re rearing to go. We promise it will be fun. And we hope you’ll join us—once again—for the ride.

Thanks for everything, Boston.


Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Ryan Edlinger

Meet Ryan Edlinger, who plays Chad Mailer in True Believers. Ryan says, “Chad is a comic writer who is convinced that he is the hero of the story – and fuck all those other guys who insist on treating him like a supporting character.”

How did you get involved in theatre? What is your first theatre memory?
I got involved in theatre through school plays in elementary schools, which later turned into my doing them in middle school and high school. My first theatre memory was doing a cheesy school play about dental
health sometime around second grade, where I was given the lead role because I was the only kid that wasn’t terrified to say more than two lines in front of an audience.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side?
My day job is thankfully closer to full-time acting work than a lot of  actors get. I play various characters in a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party. While it may not be the most challenging character work I’ll  ever do, I do enjoy that I get to play to an audience several times a day. Also, I get to play around on ships all day, and who doesn’t want to do that?

What has been your favorite thing about rehearsal so far?
I got involved in the first reading we did for There Will Be Words, just before I became an official Vagabond member. I’ve especially enjoyed the opportunity to work with completely different casts throughout the process. It’s led to my making plenty of discoveries in response to different actors and their take on the characters.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
I’m constantly amazed by Chad’s uncanny ability to be right in every situation – no matter how wrong he is.

What is your favorite thing about comic books or comic book movies?
My favorite thing about comics is the scope of the stories they’re allowed to tell. They get to be larger-than-life in ways that other storytelling mediums often can’t. Because the characters have super-human capabilities, audiences are more willing to accept their super-human passions as well. The line where people stop thinking “that’s cool” in favor of “this makes no sense” gets set a lot higher, which gives writers the creative freedom to tell even cooler stories.

Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
I’m kind of pissed that Thom Dunn got there before me on this one – but Multiple Man, aka Jamie Madrox is easily one of my favorites. Especially with the noir-style inner monologue Peter David gives him in X-Factor. Another contender would be Deadpool – again owing largely to his amazing inner monologue. I think I’m beginning to see a trend here.

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Ryan is no stranger to VTG, having appeared in last year’s The Unfortunate Cutthroats and multiple instances of There Will Be Words. Other recent credits include Lucky Stiff with Moonbox Productions, The Curse of the Starving Class with Ghostlight Theatre Company, and Hair with Counter Productions Theater. He can also be found dressing up in colonial costume and pretending to be an American Revolutionary at the newly reopened Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, continuing a long tradition of convincing people to pay him to wear period clothing and mess with tourists. In addition to being a fan of comics and video games, he really misses his long-term relationship with his tabletop gaming group, and thinks it might finally be time to move on and start meeting new geeks.

Hey Billy, tell us why The Avengers sucked.

Billy Horowitz, True Believers character (played by Zach Winston), is “passionate to a destructive level,” keeps a video blog called “Daily Genoshan” where he rants and raves about Comic Books.

The play is peppered with projections from Billy’s blog, but there are a few videos that Billy would make that aren’t in the production. So without further ado…

Billy, tell us why The Avengers sucked!

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown!

And remember True Believers houses are filling up! Get your tickets ahead of time to secure your seat!!