Theatre@First

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.

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Theatre@First rehearses and performs on land of the Pawtucket and Massachusett tribal nations. To read our full acknowledgment of the living truth of this land and its people, and to find more resources, please visit our Land Acknowledgment page.

What's On

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Upcoming Shows

Eurydice

Eurydice retells the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, his new bride. When a mysterious, interesting man tempts Eurydice into the Underworld, she is reunited with her deceased father. With Orpheus on his way to rescue her, Eurydice must decide if she will return to earth with her husband or stay with the father she has missed for so long?

Performances: August 19-27, 2022

FirstWorks Presents Lucile

Lucile recounts the remarkable life of Lucy Christiana Lady Duff Gordon, prominent fashion designer and survivor of the RMS Titanic. After surviving the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, Lucy and her husband became embroiled in the Duff Gordon Scandal. Accused of rowing away from the drowning in a half-empty emergency boat and of bribing crew members for preferential treatment, the Duff Gordons appeared before the British Inquiry to give evidence. Although they were later cleared of all charges, the trial destroyed their reputation and their marriage.

Performance: September 10, 2022

Macbeth

Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, King Duncan’s fiercest and ablest soldier, has spent his life in loyal service to his king, facing the horrors of war in countless battles to protect Duncan and his throne. After three mysterious voices tell Macbeth he will be king himself, he is driven by forces internal and external to use the only tactic he knows–violence–to achieve his ends. Betraying all those closest to him, his delusions carry him to his ultimate fate at Birnam Wood in Shakespeare's infamous "Scottish play."

Performances: November 4-12, 2022

Auditions

Double Bill

Double Bill is a meta-Shakespeare showcase of short scenes, in two parts. We are looking for a diverse cast of 10-12 actors to devise and perform new material collaboratively.

Auditions: September 11 and 13, 2022

Performances: May 12-28, 2023

Change at Theatre@First

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Theatre@First is committed to creating anti-racist theatre and community. Please visit our new Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Section to explore the work of our Anti-Racist Change Committee (ARCC) and the policies and tools adopted by our Steering Committee to move our theatre community toward that goal.

Season Planning

Each Theatre@First production begins as someone's dream. Starting this year, Theatre@First will be selecting our entire 2022-23 season of mainstage productions through one application and interview process for directors with shows to propose. By planning each season as a whole, we look to remove barriers to participation, welcome new directors into our organization more smoothly, and to increase the diversity of both our directing bench and the voices we feature in our work.

Recent Press

The Somerville Journal wrote about what Theatre@First has been up to during COVID.

Our Mission

The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theatre experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. We welcome volunteers at all levels, 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.

Please visit our Subscription/Contribution page for more information about donating to Theatre@First. If you have any questions, please feel free to email info@theatreatfirst.org. Thank you.