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ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, July 28th, at 8pm

FirstWorks: You're Killing Me Already! will be presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Please note that parking is by permit only on William St. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.

Suggested Donation $5 - General Admission - No reservations required


About the Show

You're Killing Me Already!
by Andrea Aptecker
directed by Dave Policar

Roommates Gertie and Sylvia are putting on a show for the senior village talent night! As the big night approaches, the women invite friends for an evening of rehearsing, dancing, and cocktails. The kvetching, the pastrami, the sexual tension, you wouldn’t believe! After their guests have gone, Gert and Sylv argue about a woman who suddenly died from brain cancer. Sylvia fears a similar fate. What if she falls down the stairs, or accidentally drinks rat poison? The possibilities are endless. Gertie says that if anything is going to kill Sylvia, it'll be her. "I'll choke you with my own two hands if I have to."

SYLVIA: You would do that for me?

GERTIE: Nothing but the best for you.

SYLVIA: Do you offer something in a smothering?

The big night arrives, and they perform their skit: Goddess transformations, Wrathful Gods, sword fights, and the story of the stages of womanhood, aging, and eventual death. After the show, the women meet with their gentleman friends. Secrets, fears, and desires are revealed. Friendship and love prevail, but time may no longer be on their side.

Note: This show contains references to dementia, euthanasia and domestic violence.


Sylvia ..... Andrea Aptecker
Gertie ..... Gilly Rosenthol
Roberta/Helga ..... Bobbi Woodward
Morty ..... Doug Miller
Phil ..... John Day
Larry/Young Man ..... Jason Merrill


Additional Information

Program Director: Vickie Wu

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.