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First Day of School

Billy Aronson
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A sly, funny, twisted, and surreal sex farce in which the parents of schoolchildren ponder how to spend a day free from work and the duties of parenthood.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (4 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Good sex comedy should surprise you with how long it can keep its premise up and satisfying. By that measure, Billy Aronson’s new farce, FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, is a humdinger. But it gets A’s in other departments too, like playing well with others, and having something interesting to say when the panting stops.” —Avila, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“… the rapid fire of witty dialogue and never wasting an opportunity for laughter … FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL is an engaging and thoughtful comedy. What starts as a lighthearted subversion of suburban life slows its speed in the end and takes on a philosophical mood …” —Jennafer McCabe, The Daily Californian

“… a highly sophisticated sex farce that skewers middle-class suburbanites (we would have once called these characters ‘yuppies’) and their values. It is sly and witty and shifts from realism to surrealism at will. It has the kind of barb and bite that might be found in sources stretching from the plays of Molière to the novels of John Updike, and creates the sort of alternate reality found in Edward Albee’s humorous satires. This is edgy, tricky stuff …” —Punch Shaw, Star Telegram (Dallas)

About the Author


  • Billy Aronson

    Billy Aronson’s one-act plays have been produced in 8 Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathons and published in 6 volumes of BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS and Broadway Play Publishing’s FUNNY SHORTS. His full-length plays have premiered at Playwrights Horizons, the Woolly Mammoth, the SF Playhouse, and 1812 Productions. His writing for the musical theater includes the original concept and additional lyrics for the Broadway musical RENT, and the book for the Theatreworks musical CLICK CLACK MOO. With artist Jennifer Oxley he created PEG + CAT, an animated PBS show that won 3 Emmy Awards in its first season. With his wife Lisa Vogel he created Jake and Anna, their animated offspring.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/2010
Pages 70
ISBN 9780881454802

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by 1812 Production, Philadelphia, and SF Playhouse, San Francisco

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
First Day of School is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


2/20/2016 – 2/20/2016
Cambridge Queen's Head
Cambridge, MA