|Theatre@First is an all-volunteer community theatre based in Somerville, MA. Founded in 2003, we fill a vital niche in the vibrant Davis Square arts scene. We draw upon the talents and support of individuals and organizations throughout the community to provide opportunities for our participants and audiences to experience quality live theatre in a variety of local venues. For more about our recent history, see our In the Press page.|
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METAMORPHOSES is a collection of Greek myths woven together into a play about the transformational power of love. It was adapted by Mary Zimmerman from David R. Slavitt's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. The stories told in this play include that of Midas, Eros & Psyche, Orpheus & Eurydice, Phaeton, and Narcissus, as well as other, less familiar tales. It is a powerful, funny, sad, romantic, profound and potentially transformative theatrical experience.
Performances: April 8–16, 2016
Claude Cahun has been imprisoned on the Isle of Jersey along with her stepsister (and lover) for her resistance activities against the occupying German forces in 1944. She and her stepsister are condemned to death. It is the last year of the war and starvation haunts the whole island. One German officer, a baron, saves the inhabitants by appealing to the Red Cross. He also is at odds with his own side, since the aristocratic officers at this point are rebelling against Hitler. However, he confronts Cahun because he finds her actions objectionable. At the last minute the Germans lose the war and Cahun survives. The play is based on Cahun's own documents, writings, photographs, and prison letters.
Performance: ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, February 25, 2016
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.