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Boston Phoenix Best of Boston 2010      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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Current Show

Love's Labour's Lost (in Space)

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 to be impossible to hold.

Performances: Nov 11–18, 2016





Auditions: Tartuffe


Tartuffe, a falsely pious fraud, 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 Tartuffe and save the family's home as hijinks ensue. Brighten your winter evenings with a little madcap Molière

Auditions: November 29–30, 2016

Performances: February 24–March 4, 2017

Bare Bones 20: The Housekeeper

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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 Frey's home, but the ones she brings with her.

Performance: Thurs, Dec 8, 2016



Call for Playwrights: FirstWorks

FirstWorks: New Playwrights at T@F

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 will be chosen for each session of FirstWorks. Playwrights will 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 2017. For more information or to submit your script, see our FirstWorks page.

Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2016



Call for Directors: Bare Bones

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Theatre@First is currently accepting applications from directors interested in doing a staged reading at Theatre@First. For more information, please visit the Bare Bones page.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, December 30, 2016





Upcoming Show

Staged Reading: Cage of Light

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.

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.

Performances: January 15 & 28


Call for Plays: Festival@First 9: Wicked Boston!

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Theatre@First seeks 10-minute plays for a short play festival with the theme of "Boston History," to be presented in Somerville in August 2017. Plays may be new or previously produced, and local playwrights are particularly encouraged to submit. Please see our Festival@First page for more information!

Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2017




Recent Press

Somerville, MA condos for saleTheatre@First was recently featured on, a top site for Somerville, MA real estate. Read more at "All-Volunteer Theatre Enriches Somerville Arts Scene."


Theatre@First Merchandise

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


Our Mission

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.

Please visit our Subscription/Contribution page for more information about donating to Theatre@First. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Thank you.