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Festival@First 8 marks the return of Theatre@First's summer short play festival after a five-year hiatus! Fractured Fairy Tales will present nine creative variations on fairy tale themes, chosen from almost 300 submissions from all over the world. Don't miss a night of princes and princesses, witches and animals, magic and laughter, and the occasional monster under the bed. Contains mature themes and language.
Performances: July 31–August 8
FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays. With this program we aim to engage with Boston-area playwrights and support new works. One full-length play will be chosen for each session of FirstWorks. Playwrights will have the opportunity to gain feedback on their work from experienced directors and actors during the revision process, followed by a staged reading with feedback from our enthusiastic and insightful audience.
We are currently accepting scripts for FirstWorks 2016. For more information or to submit your script, see our FirstWorks page.
Performances: February 2016
Two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.
Auditions: August 25–26, 2015 (callbacks August 27)
Performances: Nov 6–21, 2015
Theatre@First was recently featured on MassRealty.com, a top site for Somerville, MA real estate. Read more at "All-Volunteer Theatre Enriches Somerville Arts Scene."
Love our shows? Want to take the memories home? You can visit the merchandise table at every Theatre@First show for a selection of T-shirts, copies of the Never After video and other fun favors. You can also purchase the custom script for the 2010 revival of The Margaret Ghost online at Lulu.com.
The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theater experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. We welcome volunteers at all levels of experience, without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age or disability. We encourage a supportive environment in which to work, play, grow, and explore new areas of the theatre arts. We offer affordable and eclectic performances to the community, aiming to surprise, delight, entertain, and educate our audiences.
Theatre@First is part of the Massachusetts Community Theatre Corporation, a non-profit arts organization recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)3.