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Our ever-popular 10-minute play festival returns!


Friday 24th September at 8:00 pm
Saturday 25th September at 8:00 pm
Sunday 26th September at  2:00 pm

Friday 1st October at 8:00 pm
Saturday 2nd October at 8:00 pm
Sunday 3rd October at  2:00 pm


Theatre Guild of Webster Groves, 517 Theatre Lane, Webster Groves, MO 63119. Map and directions.


$20 To reserve tickets email us at Firstruntheatre@gmail.com

November Production

Congratulations to J.E. Robinson and Ron Asher for having your plays selected. We know our audiences will be in for a great night of entertainment when they come to see these productions!

And a huge thank you all to everyone who attended our Virtual Reading Festival. Your feedback helped us make the decision of which show(s) we would be producing at the Kranzberg in November.

2021 Season Dates (Revised)

  • September 24th – October 3rd: Spectrum Festival of Short Plays. At Theatre Guild of Webster Groves, 517 Theatre Lane, Webster Groves, MO 63119

  • November 26 – December 5: Fleshtones by J.E. Robinson & Playing for Real by Ron Asher at the Kranzberg Arts Centre Black Box, 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis MO 63103


First Place: Congratulations to the First-Place winners of our 5-minute play contest, Jared Goudsmit & Olivia Squires with their submission “Potluck”!

2nd Place Winner: “Rounds” written by Cris Eli Blak.

3rd Place Winner: “Tabby’s Plague Diary” by Rex McGregor. Performed by Kira Hoag.

Honorable mentions: “For the Record” written by Clint Festa and acted, directed, and produced by Carl J Grasso and “Selkie” written by Donna Latham

frt announces $5000 matching donation program

Help us to continue to produce new plays in St. Louis by making a donation to our 2021 Season fundraising appeal. The board of FRT has committed to matching any donation up to a maximum of $5000 in total. Click here to go to our donations page.

New season, new homes, and a new website

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to cancel our 2020 season. After a nomadic period, moving from space to space, we now have a home for our mainstage productions, the Black Box at the Kranzberg Arts Centre. This is an exciting time for us as we relaunch the company after a period of uncertainty and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

First Run Theatre is Committed to:


First Run Theatre is committed to amplifying the many and diverse voices in our theatre company and community. We will not tolerate any form of racism, oppression or any other type of discriminatory practices imposed upon any artist because of their color, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religious belief. We will continue to do our part in upholding principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Theater has an important role in creating change. We at First Run Theatre intend to play our role in listening, learning and making positive change happen.


We are committed to creating the safest environment for our audience, actors, crew and front of house staff. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have canceled the remainder of our 2020 season and any meetings, auditions etc. are set up using Zoom. We have a policy setting out how we will re-open safely when we are allowed to. Read it by clicking on the link: COVID-19 POLICY. If you do have any concerns or questions please email us at firstruntheatre@gmail.com.

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