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

Henry V in the Park

The formerly irresponsible Prince Hal has assumed the throne of England as Henry V. The Dauphin of France sends an ambassador to Henry telling him to stay out of France and offers an insulting gift. Henry responds by telling France to prepare for war. Henry leads a campaign into France where the audience is shown both the glory and the horror associated with war, as well as a sober reminder that, although kings make the decisions, it is the common people who must endure the consequences.

Performances: June 4-12, 2022

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 19-28, 2022

FirstWorks: Play Selection in Underway

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FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays. With this program we aim to engage with playwrights and support new works. Selected playwrights will have the opportunity to gain feedback on their work from experienced directors and actors, followed by a staged reading. To find out more about the submission process, check out the FirstWorks FAQ Page.

Submissions Closed

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.