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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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Staged Reading: Revenger's Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy

Rage, revenge, sex and stabbings! Entertainment hasn't changed much since Elizabethan dramatists staged their bloody scenes. It's a Fiasco and Theatre@First celebrate two such gory spectacles this summer: Macbeth on June 9-12 in Longfellow Park and 16-19 in Danehy Park in Cambridge and The Spanish Tragedy at Tufts Park from August 18-20 and 25-27 in Somerville.

Kick off this season of spitefulness and savagery with a free staged reading of The Revenger's Tragedy! Join actors from both companies as they bring to life the vindictive Vindici, the ambitious Ambitioso, and the lustful Lussurioso in Thomas Middleton's classic tale.

The fun and frenzy begin at 8pm on Wednesday, April 20th at Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. in Union Square, Somerville. Come for the company, stay for the carnage!

Auditions: The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy was written a few years before Hamlet, and shares some common elements. This funny, gory, tragic play will be performed in various locations throughout Tufts Park in Somerville, with the audience following the actors. The show has been awarded a grant by the Somerville Arts Council.

Auditions: May 25–26, 2016

Performances: August 19–28, 2016



Bare Bones 19: Base Instruments

Base Instruments

London, England, 1883 – Mary has been Mrs. Hawking's protege for two years now, learning the ropes of championing the downtrodden women of London with the intent of one day taking her mistress's place. When Mrs. Hawking is injured in the line of duty, the press for Mary to master the trade becomes all the more urgent as a dancer in the St. Petersberg ballet approaches them to solve the murder of the prima ballerina. But as the team hunts down the truth, Nathaniel's determination to be of use in his aunt's work has consequences he doesn't expect, and Mary begins to realize the heavy cost of taking on the life Mrs. Hawking leads. Learn more at

Performance: June 10, 2016


Upcoming Auditions: Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss

The play is set in New York City in the late 1990s. Sara is starting a new life; Callie is stuck in a rut. Their friendship leads them both to explore new possibilities, and ultimately to romance. But when their first date is interrupted by tragedy, Callie must decide whether she is finally ready to make a true commitment.

Auditions: July 12–13, 2016 (more info coming soon!)

Performances: September 23–October 1, 2016



FirstWorks: New Playwrights at T@F

FirstWorks: New Playwrights at T@F

FirstWorks is Theatre@First's workshop program for new plays. The deadline for the current round of submissions was April 1st. We are currently reading all submissions and will announce the selected work in late April. Please mark your calendars for the staged reading of that work on Thursday, July 28th at 8pm! To stay informed of submission windows and upcoming performances, please join our mailing list.





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.