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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 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.


2018 Schedule

ROUND   First   Second   Third
Call for Submissions   February 18, 2018   June 15, 2018   September 12, 2018
Deadline for Submissions   March 18, 2018   July 15, 2018   October 8, 2018
Select By   March 25, 2018   July 22, 2018   October 10, 2018
Announcement   April 1, 2018   July 29, 2018   October 12, 2018
Auditions   April 30, 2018   August 27, 2018   October 30, 2018
Dress Rehearsal   May 30, 2018   September 26, 2018   November 28, 2018
Performance   May 31, 2018   September 27, 2018   November 29, 2018



Applications for the next round of proposals are due by 5pm on October 8, 2018.


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


Proposal Form

Bare Bones Application - Round 3, Sept-Nov 2018


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!



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