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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.
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
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.
Performances: February 24–March 4, 2017
Murder. Adultery. Revenge. Mourning Becomes Electra retells one of the most famous Greek tragedies, Aeschylus's the Oresteia, set in Civil-War-era New England. The play focuses on the Mannons and the tumultuous history that casts 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, despair, and mourning.
Auditions: February 26–28, 2017
Performances: May 12–20, 2017
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
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.