Festival@First 11: Myths & Legends
production directed by Stephanie Haddad
About the Show
Continuing in the long tradition of Theatre@First’s summer short play festival, Festival@First 11 includes eight original short plays by local playwrights. Each piece explores a different myth or legend from the past, present, and future. From ancient prophecies to UFO sightings to the monsters that lurk in the dark, this diverse collection of plays combines for one truly mythical and legendary Festival.
Friday, August 18, 2023 at 8pm
Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 8pm
Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 4pm (matinee)
Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 8pm
For this performance masks will be required.
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 8pm
Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 4pm (matinee)
Festival@First 11: Myths & Legends 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.
by Ken Preuss
directed by Sue Downing, assistant directed by Robin Abrahams
Four Heavenly beings try to perfect their pitch, convincing God to include their planet, Earth, in the big plans.
Don't Look Back
by Erin Lerch
directed by Deidre Purcell
Monsters are much less frightening when you realize they have rules: bogeymen hide under beds, kelpies stick to fords and streams, and Black Dogs can only kill you if you look behind. But where do those rules come from? And can they be broken, if you come at them the right way?
Lights in the Sky
by Courtney Taylor
directed by Jess Viator
Two best friends, Jack and Luis, look for UFOs at night in the summer and find something deeper in their friendship along the way.
by John Bavoso
directed by Ryan Walsh
The eagle charged with eating Prometheus’s liver each day is growing weary of the routine. But when Heracles shows up to free the titan, the two unlikely friends are forced to decide whether to take a risk on a new life or stick with what they know.
Jordan X. Waterworth
by Brian C. Rust
directed by Aparna Gopalan
One of Odysseus's sailors begins to have doubts about his place in the story.
by Steven R. Owens
directed by Paulina Martz
A musician comes across the Devil at a crossroads, but before they can strike a deal God appears to keep the Devil from falling off the wagon on their way to recovery from addicted gambling.
by Bridgette Dutta Portman
directed by Santiago Rivas
A king attempts to leave his infant nephew to die of exposure on a hillside, but a passing shepherd is having none of it. A spoof on a trope common to a number of different mythologies.
Oh No! I Flew Too Close to the Sun!
by Rand Higbee
directed by Jamie Lin
It is Rome in 120 A.D. Festus is quite excited when he learns that he has been cast in the role of Icarus in a performance at the Colosseum. However, his enthusiasm quickly wanes when stage workers Sabina and Brutus gradually fill him in as to what exactly the role requires.
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