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.





Rose Conley

Rachel Tessler

Eva Yguico

Marielle Boudreau

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? 



Molly Heald

Brie Frame

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.



Vivian Greenberg

Akshat Sharma

Prometheus Shrugs

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

Emma Joyce

Jason Rhode

The Dougyssey

by Brian C. Rust

directed by Aparna Gopalan

One of Odysseus's sailors begins to have doubts about his place in the story. 





Bey Woodward

Frank Schuth

Marielle Boudreau

Elizabeth McIntyre

The Crossroads

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. 




Rose Conley

Vivian Greenberg

Pooja Usgaonkar


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. 



Peter Duerst

Andy Lebrun

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.




Kelly McCue

Pooja Usgaonkar

Frank Scuth

Production Team

Festival Director

Technical Director

Stage Manager

Asst. Stage Manager

Set Designer

Lighting Designer

Light Board Op

Sound Designer

Props Coordinator

Make-up & Hair Designer

Asst. Make-Up Designer

House Manager

Publicity Coordinator

Graphic Designer

Stephanie Haddad

Shelley MacAskill

Tegan Kehoe

Amelia Maguire

Keisha Warriner

Sam Moniz

Chloe Trepanier

Sean Phillips

Hannah Baker

Jo Guthrie

Kelly McCue

Lauren Kimball

Christian Krenek

Gilly Rosenthol