Festival@First: Surprise Kisses

directed by Jude Shabry


Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 8pm

Friday, July 14, 2006 at 8pm

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 8pm

Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 3pm

Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 8pm

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 8pm

Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 8pm


Festival@First: Surprise Kisses was presented at First Church Somerville UCC, 89 College Ave., Somerville.

The performance space is wheelchair-accessible.

Your Kiss Is On My List

by Chris Lockheardt

directed by Shayna Ross

rehearsal assistant Amy Lee Bennett

What if every kiss could be like the first?



Shay Fitzpatrick

Kerri Centrella

Ignorance is Bris

by Judy Klass

directed by Margaret Mays

Rachel and Danny wrestle with some tricky packages and unwieldy issues.



Sharon Chaitin-Pollak

Daniel Dolinov


by John Shanahan

directed by Jason Merrill

For three weeks artist Tamara Parsons has been one brushstroke away from completing the finest painting she's ever created. So why won't she finish it?



Renée Johnson

Laura Kathleen Crouch

They're Playing Your Song

by Meron Langsner

directed by Erika Reinfeld

rehearsal assistant Jo Guthrie

Mike the boxer gets a lesson from his close friend Toni about the real secret to success in the ring.




Brian Toney

Brashani Reece

Matt Major

The Little Things

by Rebekah Lopata

directed by David Policar

Finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning is sometimes the hardest part.



Courtney E. Schinke

Ren LaRosa


by John Bolen

directed by Andrea Humez

Life is full of waiting, the secret is knowing when to stop.

Desk Clerk

Old Man

Derek D. Lichter

John Olson

Elephants and Coffee

by Aoise Stratford

directed by Carl Danielson

rehearsal assistant Neil Marsh

Everyone in the wild kingdom needs to escape from the circus once in a while.

The Woman

The Elephant

Joye Thaller

Nick Zendzian


by Mark Harvey Levine

directed by Mare Freed

Even being psychic doesn't make Peter's personal life any easier, or let him see what's right in front of him.




Braddoc DeCaires

Dana Frantz

Kamela Hutzley

Production Team

Festival Director


Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Technical Director

House Manager

Lighting Designer

Fight Choreographer

Sound Designer / Composer

Props Manager

Light Board Operator

Make-Up Artist / Photographer

Graphic Designer


Playreading Committee

Stage Hands

Jude Shabry

Chris DeKalb

Lee Ross

Julia Lunetta

Jo Guthrie

Chris DeKalb

Matt Kimmel

Hugh Long

Neil Marsh

Amy Lee Bennett

Ted Beatie

Jennifer Cseh

Gilly Rosenthol

Neil Marsh

Judy Shabry (head)

Mare Freed

Andrea Humez

Elizabeth Hunter

Alissa Lerman

Erika Reinfeld

Mike Corbett

Becky Dowgiert

Brian Rogalski