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Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First


Information For Directors


Theatre@First is currently accepting applications from directors interested in doing a staged reading at Theatre@First. Directors will choose their own plays. Please carefully read all of the information below before submitting, even if you have submitted a play before:


Please note that preference will be given to new works and works unlikely to be produced as T@F mainstage productions, but all applications will be considered. The Program Director encourages directors to consider works of playwrights from communities under-represented in the theatrical canon. You will receive a confirmation from the Program Director, who may request additional information in order to evaluate your proposal.


Plays will be presented at Unity Somerville as staged readings, without blocking, costumes, sound or lighting beyond what is available in the hall. Theatre@First will provide space for 1 night of auditions, 1 dress rehearsal and 1 performance. Directors are encouraged to hold auditions, although invited casts are permitted. Space for additional rehearsals will be up to the individual directors. Theatre@First will also provide up to six stools and music stands for the reading. There is track lighting above the Unity stage that will be used for performances. The Program Director will help with publicity and staffing of roles such as stage manager and box office staff, as needed.


For examples of previous Bare Bones productions, please visit the Past Projects page.


2016 Schedule

ROUND   First   Second
Open for Submissions   Feb. 10th   Aug. 1st
Applications Due   Mar. 18th   Aug. 31st
Selection Completed   Mar. 25th   Sep. 14th
Audition Announcement   Apr. 1st   Oct. 3rd
Auditions Week   May 4th   Nov. 1st
Dress Rehearsal / Performance   June 8th/10th   Dec. 7th/9th



Applications for the next round of proposals are due by 5pm on Friday, March 18th, 2016.


If you have any trouble with this form, or any questions, please email


Proposal Form

Bare Bones Application - April 2015


Email :


What is your preferred method of contact?




Play Title:

Year of Publication:

Number of Characters:    Male     Female     Unspecified

Number of Actors

Would you plan to hold auditions?

Have you directed before?
Yes, many times
Yes, once or twice

Have you directed for Theatre@First before?

Play Synopsis (250 characters or less)

Why do you want to direct this play?(250 characters or less)

Why do you think T@F should do this play? (250 characters or less)

What do you foresee being the biggest challenges with producing this play as a staged reading? (250 characters or less)

Where did you hear about this program?

If "somewhere else," where did you hear about this program?


Thank you for your interest in Bare Bones and Theatre@First. We look forward to considering your proposal!



NOTE: Some people have been receiving errors when sending forms this way.  If your form is rejected by FormMail, please send an e-mail to and let us know.  If possible, please cut and paste the error message as well so we can use it to isolate the problem.  Thank you.