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Small Theatre Alliance of Boston

Festival@First 9: Wicked Boston!

Call for Submissions for Theatre@First's Ninth Annual Short Play Festival!

Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville at The Rockwell theater over the weekends of August 18-26, 2017. Our Selection Committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Boston-local playwrights are particularly encouraged to submit.

The festival's theme is "Wicked Boston!," plays about the history of Boston and the surrounding area. We hope to see this theme interpreted broadly! Consider not only familiar tales of colonial/Revolutionary days but also lesser-known historical incidents, underrepresented figures of history (women, people of color, LGBTQIA), or slices-of-life from a particular era (involving real or imagined characters). Comedy is welcome, but so is drama and tragedy—Boston has had its share of laughter and tears. Don’t limit yourself to realism—fantastical prehistoric or future "history" episodes are also welcome. Use "history" as a jumping-off point for your imagination!

Directors will be sought after the Selection Committee chooses the slate of plays. Each play will have its own director and cast, and all casting will take place via a general audition this spring. Submission criteria is as follows:

  • Plays should be 8-12 minutes long.
  • Cast size of 2-5 actors—plays may have more than 5 characters, if actors are able to double parts.
  • Theatre@First embraces diversity; we encourage writers of all races, gender expressions, religions, ages, body types, and abilities to submit, and include roles for actors of the same.
  • No improvisation or straight dance pieces.
  • Published, unpublished, new, or previously performed plays are all welcome.
  • Plays will be performed on a simple stage with minimal prop and set requirements and a repertory light plot.
  • Maximum two play submissions per playwright.
  • Selected playwrights will be given a $50 payment for performance rights.
  • DEADLINE for submission is March 15, 2017, with notification of intent to submit no later than March 1.

Interested playwrights may submit a script and brief bio via e-mail (Word document preferred) to

For questions, please contact us at
[This announcement may be re-distributed freely until March 15, 2017.]