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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Staged Readings

FirstWorks: What They Think We Are

FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays, an opportunity for Boston-area playwrights to hone their scripts with feedback from experienced directors, actors, and our engaged and enthusiastic audience.

The 2019 FirstWorks selection is What They Think We Are by Nick Malakhow. In this exciting new work two Latinx teens face the challenges of being "scholarship kids" at a majority white prep school.

Performance: Thursday, June 20th at 8pm

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

A talkback session with the playwright will follow the performance.

Bare Bones: Woods

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First offers directors, casts and audiences the chance to explore a wide variety of plays in a spare, intense setting.

The Spring 2019 Bare Bones reading will be Woods, written and directed by Matthew Garlin.

Performance: Friday, July 12th at 8pm

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

A talkback session with the playwright/director will follow the performance.

Upcoming Show

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.

Performances: September 13 - 22, 2019

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Artists & Vendors: If you might be interested in selling your wares at this production, please email us!

Coming this Fall


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.

Performances: November 15-23

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

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.

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