Play Readings at The Ring

Play Readings at The Ring

Generic Theater (GT) 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

Women in Jeopardy by Wendy MacLeod - Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
It’s ‘Chardonnay Tuesday’, the usual night for the three divorcees, Mary, Jo, and Liz, to get together. On this Tuesday, Liz brings her new boyfriend, Jackson, to meet her close friends. Jackson is a dentist with an unsettling sense of humor and a missing dental hygienist. Could he be the abductor? A serial killer? Mary and Jo sure think so. Enjoy this crazy comedy with many GT regulars including Susan Turner, Richard DiMario, Kate Quisumbing, Zak Koehler, Barbara Hilton, and Donna Goldfarb. The reading is directed by Helen Brock.

Next dates: 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/18, 5/16


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.

Generic Theater Play Readings are free and open to the public. Use the form below to reserve a space.

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