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.
Wednesday November 16 at 7:30 pm - Plattsburgh by Greg Hovanesian
One spring night in a small Vermont grocery store is the scene of Plattsburgh, Generic Theatre’s free play reading, Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 pm, at the Players’ Ring, Marcy Street, Portsmouth.
“It’s a little autobiographical,” says playwrite Greg Hovanesian who worked nights in a grocery store while attending UVM. It’s also funny and dark.
While Plattsburgh has yet to be staged, another Hovanesian play, about online dating and vampires, just had a successful run in Somerville’s Rockwell Theater, produced by Hovanesian’s company, Ya Bird? Productions. And Water, a short work about Flint, Mich., won three top awards at this year’s Playwriters’ Platform 44th annual festival in Boston.
Reading Plattsburgh will be actors Bill Humphreys, Scott Degan, David Maurillo, Roland Goodbody, Alex Pease, Shawn Crapo, Deb Barry and Cathy Wolff, who also is directing the reading.
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.