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, see our Press page.

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What's On

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Special Projects

Shakespeare's 455th Birthday Party

T@F is taking over the Microcinema at the Somerville Theater to throw The Bard a birthday bash, and you're invited! We'll perform our favorite scenes and monologues from Shakespeare and Shakespeare-adjacent works, play some trivia games, and raffle off some excellent prizes. If you'd like to attend — or perform! — click the Register button at left.

Performance: April 23, 2019, at 8pm

Call for Proposals

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at T@F

T@F is currently accepting applications from directors interested in helming a staged reading. For more information, please visit the Bare Bones page.

Deadline for Submissions: April 28, 2019

Current Show

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] is a madcap race to perform all of Shakespeare's 37 plays in about 90 minutes. The Reduced Shakespeare Company, an ensemble of eight committed actors, will stop at nothing to achieve this feat... even if it kills them. (And a third of his plays were tragedies, so death is likely.) It's fast-paced fun for Shakespeare nerds.

Performances: May 17–June 1, 2019


The Revenger's Tragedy

The Revenger's Tragedy, probably by Thomas Middleton, is a cynical satire of the revenge tragedies that were popular in the Jacobean era. The murders are violent and ridiculous, and the heroes are little better than the villains. This production will be set in a 1940s failing circus to enhance the performative nature of revenge (and also because it is fun!). The people in the story have lived and toured with each other for most of their lives, so this cast will be encouraged to form a real ensemble. The characters know each other much too well, and long-simmering resentments are about to boil over.

Auditions: May 20–21, 2019

Performances: September 13–22, 2019


His father dead. Ghosts walking. A new king and a hasty marriage. Foreign troops on the march. Old friends with new agendas. Interfering courtiers, old rivals, and a love outgrown. Violence. Madness.

Hamlet's greatest enemy may be his own doubt in this fast-paced production of William Shakespeare's finest play.

Auditions: June 3–4, 2019

Performances: November 15–23, 2019

Recent Press

Our most recent production, Burning, was reviewed by The New England Theatre Geek. WickedLocal also profiled co-stars Evelyne Cardella and Jaryn Wilcox.

Our Mission

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, 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 Thank you.