|Theatre@First is an all-volunteer community theatre based in Somerville, MA. Founded in 2003, we fill a vital niche in the vibrant Davis Square arts scene. We draw upon the talents and support of individuals and organizations throughout the community to provide opportunities for our participants and audiences to experience quality live theatre in a variety of local venues. For more about our recent history, see our In the Press page.|
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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!
Performances: November 10–18, 2017
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.
Performance: December 7, 2017
On a remote, secure island, Rossum's Universal Robots churns out a cheap, disposable workforce. Rossum's robots are strong, intelligent, and versatile, and more definitely not human. What could go wrong?
Auditions: December 11 & 12, 2017
Performances: Two weekends in March 2018
FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays. With this program we aim to engage with Boston-area playwrights and support new works. One full-length play is chosen for each session of FirstWorks. Playwrights have the opportunity to gain feedback on their work from experienced directors and actors during the revision process, followed by a staged reading with feedback from our enthusiastic and insightful audience.
We are currently accepting scripts for FirstWorks 2018. For more information or to submit your script, see our FirstWorks page.
Deadline for Submissions: December 29, 2017
Three reference librarians field a series of bizarre questions that lead them to the conclusion their eccentric caller is fending off an invasion force of alien lobster-people...and learn that one of their own number is a lobster-sympathizer!
Performance: January 20, 2018
Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville over two weekends in mid-August 2018. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Please see our Festival@First page for more information!
Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2018
Theatre@First was recently featured on MassRealty.com, a top site for Somerville, MA real estate. Read more at "All-Volunteer Theatre Enriches Somerville Arts Scene."
Love our shows? Want to take the memories home? You can visit the merchandise table at every Theatre@First show for a selection of T-shirts, copies of the Never After video and other fun favors. You can also purchase the custom script for the 2010 revival of The Margaret Ghost online at Lulu.com.
The mission of Theatre@First is to work together to provide a fun, friendly, and creative theater experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. We welcome volunteers at all levels of experience, without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, body type, age or disability. We encourage a supportive environment in which to work, play, grow, and explore new areas of the theatre arts. We offer affordable and eclectic performances to the community, aiming to surprise, delight, entertain, and educate our audiences.
Theatre@First is part of the Massachusetts Community Theatre Corporation, a non-profit arts organization recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)3.