First Fridays April 1st

Farrah CraneFirst Fridays

Works in Progress
Theme: Rebirth
Guest Host: Emily Thaler
April 1st, 2022
Online via Zoom

6pm EST – Casting Starts
7pm EST – Readings begin

For this edition of First Fridays, we are accepting submissions of works-in-progress from writers inspired by the following theme:


Spring is here, The Barrow Group broke ground on a new home, and the world is opening up again! With this theme, I want to look forward to the future and celebrate LIFE and REBIRTH. It is tragic that many around the world and in Ukraine are currently facing just the opposite in war, sickness, and other existential challenges. But I offer this theme in the spirit that we save what we value and we honor the sacredness of all life by celebrating its resilience.

For the theme of Rebirth, we are looking for stories that are inspired by:
– A moment that renewed your faith
– A sense of peace that brought you clarity
– An act of hope in the midst of suffering
– A hardship to overcome for a new beginning

Think about what inspires you, what lifts you up, and what you look forward to the most with the possibilities that the future holds!


We are accepting up to 10 pages of scripts-in-progress from plays, screenplays, web series, or one-acts. Email your 10 pages or less to by Saturday, March 26 at 5pm ET. All writers chosen will receive a $50 stipend.
The plays will be cast the night of the event. To be considered for casting, reserve your free ticket and login by 6pm ET on April 1st.
If you want to watch the readings, reserve your free ticket  and login at 7pm EDT on April 1st.
**If the event is sold out on our calendar, email to be put on the waitlist.

First Fridays is a free monthly curated event that offers artists the opportunity to share their work, practice their craft, and connect with fellow creators. Writers are pre-selected to share up to 10 pages of their script-in-progress and actors are cast on the spot to participate. Learn more and reserve your free tickets  Please note, all writers selected each month will be considered for the First Fridays Festival— our culminating event in June 2022. Writers will be paired with TBG directors to cast and workshop the pieces, which will be shared in front of an audience. All artists involved receive a stipend.

About this month’s host: Emily Thaler(she/her) serves as Production Manager/Co-Producer for Barefoot Shakespeare Company. She is an actor and stage manager based here in New York City. She studied at The University of Tampa where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and was part of The Barrow Group Acting Apprenticeship program from 2016-2017. Her most recent acting credits include: Shayna at The Fear Festival in NYC, and The Widow in The Taming of the Shrew with Barefoot Shakespeare. Her most recent stage management credits include: Pizza Man with Company of Fools, Cymbeline, Macbeth and A Midsummer’s Night Dream with Barefoot Shakespeare Company, Orion with Ruddy Productions and Taking Shakespeare at Florida Studio Theatre.