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, November 19th

Generic Theater’s play reading series continues with Two Planks and A Passion written by Anthony Minghella, best known as the director of the films The English Patient and Cold Mountain.

The scene is York, England in 1392. The Painters Guild are putting the final touches to their contribution to the annual cycle of 48 mystery plays, or pageants, which cover sacred history from the creation to the Last Judgment. Unexpectedly, the King and Queen arrive and lodge themselves in the Mayor’s house. The merchants fall over themselves trying to impress the royals and win favor, but for the laborers all that matters is the simple but heartfelt play, requiring only two planks and the passion to do it.

Roland Goodbody directs a cast of thousands (okay, thirteen), that includes both stalwart members of Generic Theater as well as some new faces.

January 14th

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.