Festival@First 8: Fractured Fairy Tales

directed by Amy Bennett-Zendzian

Festival@First 8 marks the return of Theatre@First's summer short play festival after a five-year hiatus! Fractured Fairy Tales will present nine creative variations on fairy tale themes, chosen from almost 300 submissions from all over the world. Don't miss a night of princes and princesses, witches and animals, magic and laughter, and the occasional monster under the bed. Contains mature themes and language.


Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8pm

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 2pm (matinee!) and 8pm

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 8pm

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8pm

Saturdayday, August 8, 2015 at 8pm


Festival@First 8: Fractured Fairy Tales was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.

The performance space is not wheelchair-accessible.

Parking on William St is by permit only. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.

Losing It

by Kelly Dwyer

directed by Amy Bennett-Zendzian

rehearsal assistant Ashley Rose

A grad student in women's studies interviews three classic Disney princesses about a sensitive subject.

Snow White



Graduate Student

Cari Keebaugh

Nicole Jones

Elizabeth Leonard

Kate Peterson

The Sunshower Bride

by Maggie Lee

directed by Brigid Battell

Whenever the sun shines as the rain falls, a Fox marries a Tiger...or does she?




Kelly Gainor

Ervin Melara

Eric Cheung

Fairy Tale

by Christopher Lockheardt

directed by Joye Thaller

rehearsal assistant Ala Solsvig

Three sisters tell stories as a means of explaining and coping with what is going on in their household in this surreal piece.




Annie Hochheiser

Anna Muench

Jackie Freyman

The Soul of a Magical Unicorn

by Jaclyn Grogan

directed by Jess Viator

When the Magical Unicorn's soul doesn't help Lance in the way he expected, he threatens to sell it on Craigslist.



Elizabeth McIntyre

Richie DeJesus

Hansel & Gretel

by Jenn Dlugos and Charlie Hatton

directed by Nick Bennett-Zendzian

What if Hansel & Gretel got lost in Boston instead of the woods?





Mrs. Spratt

Andy Lebrun

Jeanette Jarvis

Jenny Gutbezahl

Brian Edgar

Elizabeth Leonard

My Monster and Me

by Natalie Osborne

directed by Mike Haddad

A ten-year-old girl has some real talk with the monster who has been living in her closet.




Anna Muench

Rose Martin

Brian Edgar

Fairy Tale Etiquette or Something Like It

by Annie Hochheiser

directed by Shelley MacAskill

rehearsal assistant Lisa Sturgeon

Princess Cordelia has been waiting six years for her true love to rescue her from her locked tower. Instead, she gets Prince Jack.



Nicole Jones

Andy Lebrun


by Mark Harvey Levine

directed by Mare Freed

rehearsal assistant Jay Sekora

The third date's the charm for a single prince to awaken to who he really is inside.



Brian Rust

Vickie Wu

Just Right ...for Murder!

by Evan Turissini

directed by Mindy Klenoff

rehearsal assistant Tegan Kehoe

The third date's the charm for a single prince to awaken to who he really is inside.


Big Bad Wolf

Humpty Dumpty

Papa Bear

Mama Bear

Baby Bear

Annie Hochheiser

Eric Cheung

Matt Ringel

Brian Edgar

Rose Martin

Richie DeJesus

Production Team

Festival Producer

Festival Director

Asst. Festival Director

Technical Director

Stage Manager

Set Designer

Set Build Chief

Set Build Assistant

Lighting Designer

Lighting Operator

Sound Designer

Sound Operator

Props Designer

Asst. Props Designer

Costume Designer

Wardrobe Supervisor

Makeup Designer

Makeup Assistant

Fight Choreographer

Run Crew

House Manager

Graphic Designer

Program Designer

Publicity Coordinator

Social Media / Photographer

Caitlin Mason

Amy Bennett-Zendzian

Mike Haddad

James Scheffler

Katie Aasland

Nellie Farrington

Brie Frame

Karen Sarao

Matt Arnold

Brie Frame

Brad Smith

Joev Dubach

Brigid Battell

Michael Dewberry

Emily Rosser

Circe Rowan

Elizabeth Stone

Cari Keebaugh

Matt Arnold

Kelly Gainor

Ervin Melara

Brian Rust

Vickie Wu

Liz Salazar

Gilly Rosenthol

Elizabeth Hunter

Stephanie Haddad

Katrina DeFrancesco