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Thu, Oct. 27th, 2016, 03:37 pm
lillibet: Festival@First 9: Call for Plays!

I know you'll all be excited to know that Festival@First will be returning in 2017! We're moving to The Rockwell (formerly the Davis Square Theatre) and you know what that means: air conditioning and booze!

But first we have to find the plays to make this happen. The theme is Boston History. We're looking for 10-minute plays somehow connected to the history of the Greater Boston area.

All the details are available on the website. The submission deadline is March 15th. Please spread the word!

PS: And have you bought tickets for Love's Labour's Lost (in Space) and signed up to audition for Tartuffe and put Bare Bones: The Housekeeper on your calendar, and thought about submitting a full-length work to FirstWorks, and figured out how you're volunteering to make these projects a success? There's a lot going on at T@F right now and we need your help to make them happen! Comment here or email me to get more involved.

Fri, Sep. 9th, 2016, 04:02 pm
lillibet: Stop Kiss Opens in Two Weeks

Stop Kiss is barrelling toward their opening night on Friday, Sept 23rd. Andrea Humez is directing an exciting cast of T@F newcomers taking on one of my favorite contemporary scripts. We've got what is sure to be a fascinating talkback session on Saturday, Sept 24th. All the details are below--buy or reserve your tickets today (or contact Chris DeKalb to work house) and please help us to spread the word!

Theatre@First is proud to present

written by Diana Son
directed by Andrea Humez

It's the 1990's in New York City. Sara is starting a new life while Callie is stuck in a rut. Their friendship leads them to explore new possibilities and ultimately to romance. But when their first date is interrupted by tragedy, Callie must decide how big a commitment she's willing to make.

Friday, September 23 - 8 PM
Saturday, September 24 - 8 PM (Special Event!)
Sunday, September 25 - 8 PM
Thursday, September 29 - 8 PM
Friday, September 30 - 8 PM
Saturday, October 1 - 4 PM (Matinee Show)

6 William St, Somerville 02144

$15 Adults/$12 Students & Seniors

SPECIAL EVENT - Saturday, Sept 24th - Post-Show Q&A
Kareem Khubchandani, the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor of Drama, Dance, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University, will be leading a Q&A session after the performance. Khubchandani holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and previously served as the inaugural Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests include dance studies, queer nightlife, South Asian diaspora, global queer politics, performance ethnography, critical race studies, masculinity and femininity, and drag. Join us for a thought-provoking and wide-ranging conversation!

Thu, Aug. 11th, 2016, 05:34 pm
lillibet: The Spanish Tragedy Opens Next Week!

Don't forget our outdoor summer show is opening next Thursday! Here are the details--help us spread the word!

by Thomas Kidd
directed by Mary Parker

The battlefields of Spain are a walk in the park in this fast-paced take on Thomas Kidd's funny, gory, tragic story of a Ghost, a Girlfriend, a Portuguese Prince, and the Spirit of Revenge! Join Theatre@First and Director Mary Parker for a fantastic evening of free theatre in Nathan Tufts Park.

Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August
Saturday 20 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26 August
Saturday 27 August

Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Somerville 02144
Rain Dates: Sunday 21 August and Sunday 28 August

Visit our website for more information!

Mon, Aug. 8th, 2016, 09:45 am
lillibet: Sign up to audition for Love's Labour's Lost (in Space!)

Sign-ups are now open to audition for Love's Labour's Lost (in Space) on Monday, Aug 29 or Thursday, Sept 1 at Unity Somerville!

Are you a fan of the Bard, or of classic sci-fi tv? Actors are welcome to read for any role regardless of gender. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition.

In 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 spaceship of the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies arrives, those oaths prove impossible to keep. Faithful to Shakespeare's text, our production will focus on the fantastic comedy of the script, while playing with the possibilities of setting the Bard in the vast beyond.

Mark your calendar now for our performances at Unity Somerville on Nov 11-18!

Visit the website for more information!

Sat, Jul. 16th, 2016, 08:02 pm
desireearmfeldt: Stop Kiss cast list

I'm delighted to announce the cast for Stop Kiss:

Callie:  Anna Rizzo
Sara:  Jenny Guth
George:  Dominic Berger
Peter:  Michael Lin
Detective Cole:  Seydi Sy
Mrs. Winsley:  Merrilyn Jones Taylor
Nurse:  Joan Miller

Thanks to everyone who auditioned!

Mon, Jun. 20th, 2016, 12:37 pm
lillibet: Stop Kiss Auditions Open

Hi folks!

It's time to sign up to audition for STOP KISS and help to spread the word!

Director Andrea Humez takes the helm of Diana Son's modern drama about love and identity. Check out the meaty roles on offer and choose your audition time at http://www.theatreatfirst.org/shows/stop_kiss/auditions.shtml.

July 12-13
Unity Somerville

September 23 - October 1

email auditions@theatreatfirst.org

Thu, Jun. 16th, 2016, 06:14 pm
gilana: (no subject)

Sadly, Sara Hunter, mother of our own Elizabeth and Beckie and their sister Anne, passed away last night.  Sara was a fixture in our T@F audience, and I know I always loved seeing her smiling face at our shows.

For those who want to pay their respects, here is the memorial service info.

A celebration of Sara’s life will be held Saturday, June 18 at 2 pm at the Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington, MA with a collation following at the church. The Saville Chapel of DeVito Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.http://www.devitofuneralhomes.com

Donations in her memory may be made to the Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington.

Wed, Jun. 15th, 2016, 09:16 pm
desireearmfeldt: Audition for Stop Kiss!

With rehearsals in progress for The Spanish Tragedy, Theatre@First is excited to announce auditions for our fall mainstage show: Diana Son's 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. Join Director Andrea Humez for a funny and poignant theatrical adventure this summer and fall.

For more information and to schedule your audition, please visit our website.

July 12-13 at Unity Somerville

September 23 - October 1 at Unity Somerville

Don't miss your chance to be part of an unforgettable show! SIGN UP TODAY TO AUDITION

Thu, Jun. 9th, 2016, 08:19 am
lillibet: Bare Bones This Friday!

Hi folks! Hope to see you there this Friday night!

Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First is proud to present

Base Instruments
written and directed by Phoebe Roberts

Friday, June 10th at 8pm
Unity Somerville, 6 William Street at College Ave
Suggested Donation $5

Mrs. Hawking, our favorite Victorian vigilante, returns with her protegée, Mary Stone to tackle an old-fashioned murder mystery. Who killed the prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Ballet? With the Hawking family on the verge of discovering Mrs. Hawking's secret and the ballet departing London for the Continent, our heroines race against time to find the culprit.

Guess the murderer correctly at intermission for a chance to win! Linger after the performance to talk over the show with playwright Phoebe Roberts and her intrepid cast!

For more information, visit www.theatreatfirst.org!

Mon, May. 30th, 2016, 06:34 pm
vanguardcdk: Announcing the cast of The Spanish Tragedy!

Theatre@First is proud to announce the cast of The Spanish Tragedy!

In order of appearance (more or less):

Ghost of Don Andrea - Aaron Caballero
Revenge - Leslie Drescher
King of Spain - Jenny Gutbezahl
General/Page of Lorenzo - Rebecca Greene
Duke of Castile - Rob Noyes
Hieronimo - Ted Overholt
Balthazar, Prince of Portugal - Angelo Alexander
Lorenzo - Brian Keller
Horatio - Samuel Clarvoe
Serberine/Viceroy - Jess Viator
Bel-Imperia - Katharine Braun-Levine
Pedringano - Sirkka Natti
Ambassador of Portugal/First Watchman/Deputy - Elizabeth McIntyre
Isabella - Katie DiMarca
First Watchman/Hangman - David Perelman

The Spanish Tragedy will be performed at Tufts Park in Somerville on August 18-20 and 25-27.

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