Festival@First 9: Wicked Boston!

directed by Shelley MacAskill

This program is supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7pm

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7pm

Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 7pm

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7pm

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 7pm

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 4pm (matinee!)


Wicked Boston! was presented at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, MA

The performance space is wheelchair-accessible.

Swing & Miss

by Stephanie Haddad

directed by Ryan Walsh

On a very special night for a young Boston couple, things go hilariously wrong. And the waitress...sorry, server, is stuck in the middle. Like always.




Andy Hicks

Gretta Beaty

Vickie Wu

Masshole Transit

by Jenn Dlugos and Charlie Hatton

directed by Stephanie Haddad

rehearsal assistant Katie Aasland

Digging the tunnels for America's first underground railway system is hard work, but Seamus and Jack are trying their best to keep their spirits up while they work. Finishing first could ignite a fierce rivalry with New York City, where underground crews are also hard at work. When Seamus and Jack discover they've woken Charlie, the sarcastic and prophetic demon of Boston Common... will they take his offer to help them win the race?




Andy Lebrun

Mike Haddad

Leslie Drescher

The Song Is You

by Amy Roeder

directed by Shelley MacAskill

rehearsal assistant Katie Aasland

A magical night of music and dancing turns to tragedy as the Cocoanut Grove nightclub burns. Some seek to hide from the smoke and flames in the basement storage room, while others find an escape route through the window, thanks to a song and a trumpeter's final bow.





Panicked Man

Katie Armstrong

Dennis Maler

Adam Schofield-Bodt

Mary Parker

Joev Dubach

Mother Goose's Grave

by Amy Bennett-Zendzian

directed by Sue Downing

In an attempt to follow her dad's advice and "go to the source" for her research paper on the history of nursery rhymes, Mary tries to contact the spirit of Mother Goose and instead raises the ghost of Mrs James Ball (along with a Revenant, or two or three...?)


Mrs. Ball


Sara Dion

Jackie Freyman

Tomo Lazovich

Elizabeth McIntyre

The Hunchback of Boston Comon

by Michael Lin

directed by Amy Bennett-Zendzian and Jess Viator

Three humans, trying their best to survive in the irradiated wasteland that was once Boston, hope they don't have a run-in with the mutated monster known only as the Hunchback of Boston Common.




The Hunchback

Elizabeth McIntyre

Megan Hennessey

Tomo Lazovich

Adam Schofield-Bodt

Reverse the Curse (2004)

by Erika L. Reinfeld

directed by Ben Cordes

rehearsal assistant Johanna Bobrow

In 2004, Boston finally managed put to rest a spectre that had been haunting the city for a long time. Oh and besides that, the Red Sox won the World Series that year for the first time in 86 years. But several months before that historic victory, same-sex marriage became the law in Massachusetts, and couples rushed to formalize their relationships in the eyes of the state. On a warm afternoon in September, Janet and Susan are preparing to take in a bit of both: a quick trip to City Hall to sign some papers, dinner, and a Sox game for them and the kids. No big deal!





Marleigh Norton

Finley Smith

Shannon Keane

Elizabeth Leonard

Production Team

Festival Producer

Festival Director

Stage Manager

Technical Director

Set Designer

Sound Designer

Lighting Designer

Costume Coordinator

Props Designer

Makeup / Hair Designer

Makeup / Hair Assistant

House Manager

Publicity Director

Graphic Designer

Program Designer

Chris DeKalb

Shelley MacAskill

Renée Johnson Walsh

Kay Coughlin

Brie Frame

Adam Schofield-Bodt

Kay Coughlin

Vickie Wu

Hannah Baker

Meg Boeni

Mary Parker

Chris DeKalb

Stephanie Haddad

Gilly Rosenthol

Julia Tenney