Giving@First 2019

Giving@First is a one-night-only festival of short plays that will be created from page to stage within a 24-hour period. Our talented crew of more than 20 writers, directors, and actors will scramble overnight and all day long to create a full festival from scratch! This play-in-a-day event will be a unique experience to see live theatre that is fun, frantic, unforgettable, and for an important cause!

All proceeds collected at this event will be given to the grass-roots fundraising division of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), Team Fox.

About Parkinson's

Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, an estimated 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or slow disease progression.

About Team Fox

Team Fox started in 2006 as the community fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Currently, Team Fox has over 5,000 active members and has raised more than $75 million toward accelerating a cure for Parkinson's disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson's research, pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program, and has invested more than $800 million in research to date. For more information, visit the Team Fox website and the Team Fox Facebook page.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, you can still contribute to our fundraising efforts! Donate directly to Team Fox.


ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday, February 8, 2019, at 8pm

Suggested Donation - $20

All proceeds from the evening ($1,040) went to Team Fox for Parkinson's Research.


Giving@First was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144

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.

The Greatest Play Ever Written

by Thomas L. Russell

directed by Katie Aasland

Kitty Drexel

Mike Haddad

Teresa Raine

Katelyn Tustin


by Steven R. Owens and Amanda Perotti Owens

directed by Lucas Brooks





Shannon Keane

Andy Lebrun

Katie Armstrong

Sarah Brinks

Five Oranges

by Christopher Lockheardt

directed by Elizabeth Ross



The Rental

Eric Cheung

Megan Hennessey

Jeremy Holstein

World's Greatest

by Michael Lin

directed by Santiago Rivas





Jaryn Wilcox

Adam Schofield-Bodt

Naomi Hinchen

Tofer Carlson

Don't Panic

by Phoebe Robers

directed by Margaret French





Kat Buckingham

Sara Dion

Jason Merrill

Andrew Harrington

Next Stop, Arizona!

by Ben Cordes and Stephanie Haddad

directed by Hatem Adell




Mack Carroll

Bobbi Woodward

Jackie Freyman

Production Team

Festival Director


Technical Director

Stage Manager


House Manager



Mike Haddad

Desirée Dugas

Shazza Gilbert

Sam Moniz

Vickie Wu

Stephanie Haddad

Adam Schofield-Bodt

Keith Dugas