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Theatre@First is holding auditions for Burning, local playwright Ginger Lazarus' modern adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

AUDITION DATES: December 10-11 by appointment only

ABOUT THE PLAY: Cy, a former Army sergeant kicked out under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," takes on the world with her words as a blogger, blowing the whistle on sexual harassment within the Army and going toe-to-toe with her former commander. She secretly adores her friend Rose, who in turn has her eye on Cole, an inarticulate infantryman. Cy reluctantly signs on to ghost-write Cole's courtship of Rose, but lets her own fantasy take priority. This thought-provoking drama explores themes of truth, deceit and silence, and the power each has to harm and heal.

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Theatre@First presents

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
directed by Hatem Adell

Join us for FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES of Shakespeare's most beloved comedy from June 14-July 1 in Nathan Tufts Park at Powderhouse Circle.

​​A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's "sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll" play. Two young couples run away into the woods of Athens and encounter the fairy kingdom. Wacky, magical, mischief and love triangles abound​!

​Thursday June 14, 2018 7 pm
Friday June 15, 2018 7 pm
Saturday June 16, 2018 7 pm
Sunday June 17, 2018 7 pm
Thursday June 21, 2018 7 pm
Friday June 22, 2018 7 pm
Saturday June 23, 2018 3 pm and 7 pm
Sunday June 24, 2018 3 pm
Thursday June 28, 2018 7 pm
Friday June 29, 2018 7 pm
Saturday June 30, 2018 3 pm and 7 pm
Sunday July 1, 2018 3 pm

We're proud to welcome local commedia dell'arte group Pazzi Lazzi! Before each Thursday show (June 14, 21, and 28), Pazzi Lazzi will perform a special Midsummer Night's Pantomime ​at 6:30pm, followed by A Midsummer Night's Dream at 7pm.

For more info, including a full cast list, please visit In case of rain, check our Facebook page for cancellation notices.
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Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First presents

written by August Strindberg
directed by J. Deschene
starring Ariana Nedelman, Carol Sutherland, and Sue Downing

Thursday, May 31st at 8pm
Unity Somerville
6 William Street, Somerville 02144

Free with suggested donation of $5

In the kitchen of a Swedish Count's manor house, on the magic of a Midsummer's Eve, the free-spirited and strong-willed Miss Julie is after one thing: the affections of her father's valet, John. Getting what she wants, however, becomes a slippery slope into double standards, manipulation, and questions of "morality" and "decency." Written in 1889 by famed cynic, August Strindberg, Miss Julie's meaning can now be seen in a very different way, and as such it serves as a very different kind of warning for today's audience.

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This Friday a team of actors, playwrights and directors will come together as the stopwatch starts on Theatre@First's next 24-hour play festival!

In just one day we will write, rehearse, costume, and stage a set of brand new short plays. And at the end of the day, you get to see the results! It's a whirl of fast, fun, super-live theatre as Somerville's community theatre puts our talents on the line for a worthy cause!

Giving@First: A 24-Hour Play Festival to Benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Saturday, April 7th at 8pm
Unity Somerville
6 William Street, Somerville 02144

Suggested Donation $20
100% of proceeds goes directly to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
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Theatre@First presents


written by Karel Čapek
translated by David Wyllie
adapted and directed by Mary Parker

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street at College Ave

Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16
Saturday, March 17 - COSPLAY NIGHT!
Wear your best robot or sci-fi cosplay for a discount at the door!
Thursday. March 22
Friday, March 23


Saturday, March 23

TICKETS $15 Adults and $12 Students/Seniors

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is the classic Czech sci-fi play by Karel Čapek that coined the term "robots." Translated into English by David Wyllie and re-conceived for a modern audience by Mary Parker, our version explores the same themes of humanity, love, the value of work, and the dangers of oppression as the original, while re-imagining the more problematic aspects of a play that is almost 100 years old and very much of its time.

On a remote, secure island, Rossum's Universal Robots churns out a cheap, disposable workforce. Rossum's robots are strong, intelligent, and versatile, and definitely not human. What could go wrong?
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Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First presents

written by Edward Albee
directed by Hatem Adell

starring Tim Hoover and Jason Merrill

Peter is enjoying his book on a shady bench in Central Park when his Sunday routine is interrupted by a stranger with a story to tell.

Thursday, December 7th at 8pm
FREE with suggested donation

Unity Somerville
6 William Street at College Ave
The performance space is not wheelchair accessible.

For more information, please visit
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Theatre@First seeks new, unproduced plays from local playwrights for its workshopping program, FirstWorks. Playwrights will have the opportunity to gain feedback on their work from experienced directors and actors during the revision process. Revision sessions include a closed roundtable reading with actors, and culminate in a performed staged reading with feedback from our enthusiastic and insightful audience.

One full-length play will be selected. Due to logistical constraints, only shows able to be performed by a maximum of six actors will be considered. Roles may be doubled to accommodate the six actor limit within reason. Work submitted will be subject to extensive feedback with the expectation that revisions respective of deadlines will be performed by the playwright throughout this process. There are no subject matter criteria--we hope to be surprised and delighted.

Submissions are due by Dec. 29, 2017
Performance date is May 17, 2018

To submit, please send an email to with the playwright’s name, email, phone, mailing address, bio (250 words or less), play title, # of characters in the play (plays will be performed by a maximum of six actors), a brief synopsis, and ten-page sample of the play. Submissions are due by December 29, 2017.

FirstWorks encourages submissions from playwrights regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age, disability or any other identity factor. Women, LGBT and POC are particularly encouraged to submit. This program aims to engage with Boston-area playwrights and support new works. Playwrights not residing within local travel distance of the Boston-area will not be chosen.

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Theatre@First is proud to present

by Lillian Groag
directed by Elizabeth Hunter

6 William Street, Somerville
The performance space is not wheelchair accessible


Friday, November 10
Saturday, November 11
Thursday, November 16
Friday, November 17

Sunday, November 12
Saturday, November 18

$20 adults
$15 students/seniors

The Magic Fire invites you into the lively home of an immigrant family in Buenos Aires of the 1950s. In this enchanting play, Argentinean-American playwright Lillian Groag explores the connections among memory, history, and art through the eyes of a child, revisited from the perspective of adulthood. By turns funny, loving, and politically alarming, The Magic Fire weaves a spell of tango and opera, treasured memories and hidden truths. Since its debut at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1997, The Magic Fire has been produced only a handful of times. Theatre@First is proud to give this magical work its New England premiere!

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​Theatre@First takes the stage this weekend with six brand new short plays to raise money for hurricane disaster relief!

Giving@First: A 24-Hour Play Festival for Hurricane Relief
Saturday, October 14th at 8pm
Suggested Donation $20

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 team 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 donations and sales collected at this event will be given to Americares' Hurricane Disaster Relief efforts, which directly aids survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. For every $10 they receive, Americares provides $200 in aid. Help us make a difference in the lives of those in need.

To learn more about Americares and their work, visit their website,

For more information about Giving@First, visit
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What we wear, or used to wear, can be more than colors, patterns, and fabrics. They can be a time capsule, a scrapbook, to our most intimate memories. A dance. A birth. A funeral. All the coming-of-age insanity that defines us. From the mind that created When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, five women relive such moments through a series of monologues and ensemble pieces. They laugh and cry as they talk about childhood, high heels, motherhood, wedding dresses, cancer, surviving rape, and why we wear black.​

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First presents

Love, Loss and What I Wore
adapted by Nora & Delia Ephron
from the book by Ilene Beckerman
and directed by Santiago Rivas

Thursday, September 28th at 8pm

6 William Street at College Ave

FREE with suggested donation of $5

No reservations required.
Our performance space is not wheelchair accessible.

For more information, visit
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Sign up now to audition for Agnes of God, the next project from Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First!

BARE BONES is an opportunity for Theatre@First to present a wider variety of plays to our audience in the spare, intense setting of a staged reading. It's also a great way to squeeze theatre into a busy schedule. There are no lines to learn, no blocking to keep straight, and just 4 or 5 rehearsals between auditions and a single performance.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Sister Agnes is charged with strangling her newborn baby, but has no recollection of the conception or birth. Enter Dr. Martha Livingstone, a psychiatrist with her own prejudices against the Catholic church who must determine whether or not the novice is fit to stand trial. Standing in her way is Mother Miriam Ruth, fiercely protective of Agnes for her own mysterious reasons. These three women embark on a journey through faith, doubt, need and miracles that will leave each of them changed forever.

AUDITIONS: Tuesday, March 7th at 7pm
Unity Somerville, 6 William Street at College Ave

PERFORMANCE: Thursday, April 6th at 8pm

Visit our website for more information and book your audition now!

And don't forget to book your tickets for Tartuffe, opening on February 24th!
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Audition sign-ups for Theatre@First's production of Mourning Becomes Electra are now open!

About the Play: Murder. Adultery. Revenge. Mourning Becomes Electra retells one of the most famous Greek tragedies, set in Civil War-era New England. The play focuses on the tumultuous history casting a dark shadow over General Ezra Mannon, his wife Christine, and his children Lavinia and Orin. When Lavinia uncovers her mother's murderous intents toward Ezra, she takes drastic action to protect her father and begins her own descent into evil, grief, and despair. Now's your chance to be part of Eugene O'Neill's rarely performed adaptation of Aeschylus's Oresteia.

Mourning Becomes Electra will perform May 12-20 at Unity Somerville.

Auditions will be held February 26 & 28 from 7-10pm. No monologue is required for this audition.

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Theatre@First is thrilled to present

a comedy by Molière
directed by Vickie Wu

A falsely pious fraud cons Orgon into promising his daughter's hand in marriage, as well as the deed to the family estate. Hijinks ensue as the rest of the family band together to expose Tartuffe and save their home! This modern take on the French classic will have you laughing in the aisles, so come on out for a little madcap midwinter Molière!

6 William St, Somerville 02144

Friday, February 24
Saturday, February 25
Thursday, March 2
Friday, March 3

Saturday, February 25
Saturday, March 4

TICKETS $15 Adults/$12 Students & Seniors

For the full cast list, more information, online ticket sales or free reservations, visit

And while you're there, don't forget to check out our upcoming auditions for Mourning Becomes Electra and the Bare Bones staged reading of Agnes of God!
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The year is 2116 and humanity has yet to make contact with another intelligent species. Exploration Commander John Allen wants to change that, but after returning from his first mission with no memory, he is forced to recall events through interrogation by an electronic Jury. Travel into Commander Allen's mind and discover what took place on the planet Nochus. Did he find intelligent aliens? Did they survive the encounter? What happened to make him lose his memory? This eerie and thought-provoking tale will leave you questioning your own senses.

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street at College Ave

Saturday, January 28th at 8pm

FREE with suggested donation of $5

Cage of Light is a staged reading based on a play written by Canadian radio producer Bill Gray for the 1980s CBC series Vanishing Point. It has been adapted for the stage by Theatre@First sound designer and former Post-Meridian Radio Players artistic director Neil Marsh.

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Bare Bones: Staged Readings at T@F presents

written by Ginger Lazarus
directed by Elizabeth Hunter

Thursday, December 8th at 8pm

FREE with suggested donation of $5

6 William Street at College Ave.

Charlie Frey doesn't think he needs a housekeeper after his wife's death, but with his family falling apart, someone has to look after the house and listen to the dead woman who haunts them. For Adelina, the most challenging ghosts aren't the ones she finds in the Freys' home, but the ones she brings with her.

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Theatre@First is holding auditions next week for our winter show: Tartuffe!

AUDITIONS: Tue 29 Nov + Wed 30 Nov, 7-10pm by appointment only!

PERFORMANCES: Feb 23-Mar 4, 2017

Vickie Wu directs Moliere's classic comedy! Tartuffe cons Orgon into promising his daughter Mariane's hand in marriage, as well as the deed to the family estate. The rest of the family must expose this falsely pious fraud and save their home as hijinks ensue.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this fabulous show!
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Theatre@First is excited to present

written by William Shakespeare
directed by Hatem Adell

Ferdinand of Space Station Navarre and his friends vow to avoid all terrestrial pleasures to pursue a life of study for the next three years, but when the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies arrive at Space Station Navarre the previously made oaths prove impossible to keep.

Come drown your sorrows in synthehol and let the Bard's delightful comedy carry you to another world!

Fri 11 Nov
Sat 12 Nov
Sun 13 Nov
Thu 17 Nov
Fri 18 Nov
AND Sat 19 Nov AT 4PM!

6 William Street at College Ave

Adults $15
Students/Seniors $12
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Theatre@First is proud to present

written by Diana Son
directed by Andrea Humez

It's the 1990's in New York City. Sara is starting a new life while Callie is stuck in a rut. Their friendship leads them to explore new possibilities and ultimately to romance. But when their first date is interrupted by tragedy, Callie must decide how big a commitment she's willing to make.

Friday, September 23 - 8 PM
Saturday, September 24 - 8 PM (Special Event!)
Sunday, September 25 - 8 PM
Thursday, September 29 - 8 PM
Friday, September 30 - 8 PM
Saturday, October 1 - 4 PM (Matinee Show)

6 William St, Somerville 02144

$15 Adults/$12 Students & Seniors

SPECIAL EVENT - Saturday, Sept 24th - Post-Show Q&A
Kareem Khubchandani, the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor of Drama, Dance, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University, will be leading a Q&A session after the performance. Khubchandani holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and previously served as the inaugural Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests include dance studies, queer nightlife, South Asian diaspora, global queer politics, performance ethnography, critical race studies, masculinity and femininity, and drag. Join us for a thought-provoking and wide-ranging conversation!
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Theatre@First is proud to present

by Thomas Kidd
directed by Mary Parker

The battlefields of Spain are a walk in the park in this fast-paced take on Thomas Kidd's funny, gory, tragic story of a Ghost, a Girlfriend, a Portuguese Prince, and the Spirit of Revenge! Join Theatre@First and Director Mary Parker for a fantastic evening of free theatre in Nathan Tufts Park.

Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August
Saturday 20 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26 August
Saturday 27 August

Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Somerville 02144
Rain Dates: Sunday 21 August and Sunday 28 August

Visit our website for more information!
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Theatre@First invites you to audition for STOP KISS.

Director Andrea Humez takes the helm of Diana Son's modern drama about love and identity. Check out the meaty roles on offer and choose your audition time at

July 12-13
Unity Somerville

September 23 - October 1



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