Generic Theater (GT) announces their Play Reading series at The Players’ Ring. GT, celebrating its 30th anniversary of presenting theater in Portsmouth, has been reading plays for the public for many years, starting at the old Stroudwater Bookstore, then the Kittery Rice Library and the Portsmouth Public Library.

GT will be reading new plays that were submitted to The Players’ Ring by local playwrights, as well as plays that may strike their fancy. One of the main goals is to find a play for GT to produce for the next season, which compliments the mission of the Players’ Ring to give local playwrights the opportunity to hear their plays come to life and get feedback from the audience as well as the performers.

All readings are free, however, donations to defray costs of copying scripts, etc. are welcome!

Play readings are on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.

Upcoming Readings

Wednesday, January 14th

Project Unspeakable

Generic Theater will present Project Unspeakable — a new play about the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King – in a rehearsed reading 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth NH. Generic Theater’s monthly play-readings are free and open to the public.

Author Court Dorsey, formerly of Portsmouth, says the book JFK and The Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James Douglass (Simon& Schuster, 2010) inspired him to write Project Unspeakable. He built the play around primary sources — historical quotes, news reports and official documents related to the assassinations within a five-year span 50 years ago.

Baby boomers, Dorsey says, “saw the great leaders of their generation slaughtered in officially whitewashed circumstances.”

By examining those circumstances, Project Unspeakable “has the potential to bolster current demands for government and corporate openness,” Dorsey says. “It provides both Boomers and younger Americans a means to discuss the ‘unspeakables’ of the past and the present.”

Dorsey’s wants the play presented – and discussed – as widely as possible. So far, that includes more than 30 venues around the nation in the past year; a special performance of an expanded script is scheduled for Harlem this February. It’s been endorsed by actor Martin Sheen, playwright Eve Ensler, whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg and singer Joan Baez, among many others.

“The play can make you feel very uncomfortable because it points to government involvement in the deaths of these men,” says Cathy Wolff, who is directing the Generic Theater reading. “But it also is a moving reminder of the lost greatness of these leaders, and of the dreams many of us shared with them.”

The sit down reading features Cathy Wolff, Susan Turner, Betsy Kimball, Stephen Erickson, Tomer Oz, Alex Pease, Roland Goodbody, Alan Huisman, Scott Degan, John Tulgren, Katy Littlefield.

February 18th

March 18th

April 22nd

May 13th

Please check the Generic Theater FaceBook page for the titles of the monthly readings and the date.

Founded in late 1981 by a group of friends interested in having fun on stage while offering plays for a low ticket price, Generic Theater has evolved into a respected theater company with a reputation for taking on artistically challenging and socially relevant material. Wacky comedies and children’s plays have always been included in the group’s work, and “straight” plays as well as original and improvisation-based pieces. Reviewers and audience members have compared this all-amateur company’s work favorably with off-Broadway productions.ÿÿ Generic Theater produces a September – June season of two to three productions of one-acts and full-length plays each year. They perform at McDonough Street Studio, 135 McDonough Street, Portsmouth NH. Since 1982 they have also performed at festivals, benefits, and community celebrations like OctoberEast, Market Square Day, UNH Women’s History Month, Prescott Park Arts Festival, and First Night Portsmouth. They have offered performances to raise money for groups such as Amnesty International, A Safe Place, and NH Women’s Lobby.