With First Time Female Director, Chelsea Peretti wears all the hats. Making her directorial debut, the comedian is also on hand as writer and producer, and she leads a hilarious, star-studded cast as Sam, a playwright working for a small local theater in Glendale. When the theater’s director is fired for inappropriate behavior, Sam is thrust into the leadership role, where she quickly discovers that being a director may be a lot more challenging than she originally thought. Wanting to stage her dream production, a rural drama set in the South, Sam finds a bevy of issues (including a recalcitrant cast) awaiting her and threatening her latest work.
Filtered through Peretti’s unique, wry perspective, First Time Female Director is an off-kilter, hilarious, but genuinely heartfelt tribute to the theater and joy of performance. Aided by a fantastic cast that includes the likes of Megan Mullally, Blake Anderson, Megan Stalter, and Kate Berlant (plus cameos that shouldn’t be spoiled), Chelsea Peretti’s first time out as a director is a memorable one.––Jason Gutierrez
First Time Female Director will be preceded by the short Proof of Concept.