Festival@First 5: Nothing Serious

by Rich Orloff

directed by Andrew Hicks


Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 8pm

Friday, August 1, 2008 at 8pm

Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 8pm

Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 3pm

Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 8pm

Friday, August 8, 2008 at 8pm

Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 8pm


Festival@First 5: Nothing Serious was presented at First Church Somerville UCC, 89 College Ave., Somerville.

The performance space is wheelchair-accessible.

Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson

Directed by Shaunna Francis

An instructor lecturing on the craft of playwriting loses control when fictional characters rebel.

Good Samaritan

The Teacher

The Jumper

Leslie Drescher

Nick Zendzian

Jenny Gutbezahl

Nice Tie

Directed by Matt Ringel

A woman and man envision totally different consequences if she lets him buy her a drink.



Andy Lebrun

Melanie Arzt

Off the Map

Directed by Jennifer Cseh

In a very cold place, a penguin helps a lost couple find direction.




Ilana Plen

Matt Major

Michael Babish

Last Minute Adjustments

Directed by Mare Freed

Moments before birth, a child has second-thoughts about leaving the womb. But the team getting her ready won’t be stopped!




Assistant A

Assistant B

Jude Shabry

Brie Frame

Erika Reinfeld

Melissa Ehlers

Brian Rust

Find Me a Primitive Man

Directed by Eve Summer

A man and a woman go on a blind date.



Daniel Dolinov

Alyssa Osiecki


Directed by Nate Gundy

A couple stuck in a long line at Disneyland devise a novel solution to their marital woes.



Brian Edgar

Gilly Rosenthol

Bride and Gloom

Directed by Matt Ringel

A nervous bride’s fear of divorce prevents her from getting married.



Andy Lebrun

Melanie Arzt

Oh My God, It's Another Play

Directed by Amy Lee Bennett

Dessert for a night of short plays: Complete nonsense about life in the theatre.


Stage Manager/Dramaturg

An Actor

Another Actor

Still Another Actor

And Yet Another Actor

Oh My God, It's Another Actor

Andrew Hicks

Katherine Bryant

Shaunna Francis

Lisa Scopa

Nick Zendzian

Amy Sonnanstine

Bobbi Woodward

Production Team

Festival Director

Producer/House Manager

Stage Manager

Technical Director

Publicity/Ad Sales Coordinator

Graphic Design

Sound Designer/Board Op

Lighting Designer

Light Board Op

Assistant House Manager

Costume Construction

Run Crew

Andrew Hicks

Chris DeKalb

Shelley MacAskill

Jenn Koerber

Heidi Clark

Gilly Rosenthol

Neil Marsh

Jo Guthrie

Ed Poznysz

Beckie Hunter

Paulo Ruffino

Jo Guthrie

Ari Herbstman

Nellie Farrington