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.

This year, we are pleased to move the series to The Players’ Ring. GT will be reading new plays submitted to The Players’ Ring by local playwrights, as well as plays that strike our fancy. One of the main goals for GT is to find a play to produce for the next season. The goal of the Players’ Ring Artistic Committee is to give the local playwrights a forum to hear their plays and get feedback from the audience and actors.

Play readings are at 7:30 PM.

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

Upcoming Readings

June 11th, 7:30 p.m. – A Voice of My Own

On June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Players’ Ring, Generic Theater will read A Voice of My Own, a play by Elinor Jones. The Players’ Ring is at 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH. For information, call 603-436-8123 or visit This reading is free and open to the public.
Jones’s 1979 play gives a tour of women writers throughout history from Sappho to Lillian Hellman. Jones describes the play as “a story of how women became writers, how they emerged from the protective cloak of male psuedonyms and began to speak” out of the passion to make themselves heard.

5 actresses play many writers, including Lady Murasaki, George Sand, the Bronte sisters, Virginia Woolf, and Dorothy Parker. Susan Turner directs the reading, which features Barbara Hilton, Diane Ficarra, Cathy Wolff, Laurie Torosian, and Peggi McCarthy.

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.