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 May 17 at 7:30 pm - Horton Foote's “The Trip to Bountiful”
The play tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman longing to escape the cramped Houston apartment where she lives with her over-protective son and authoritarian daughter-in-law. Carrie longs to return to Bountiful, Texas – her home town -- one final time. She escapes Houston by bus, and travels with a new friend back to Bountiful. When they arrive, Carrie learns that her beloved home town is not as she remembers it.
The Trip to Bountiful first opened at Henry Miller’s Theatre in New York in 1953; the most recent Broadway revival was at the Stephen Sondheim Theater in 2013. Generic Theater’s reading, directed by Richard DiMario, features Susan Turner, Barbara Hilton, Peter Michaud, Kate Quisumbing, Erica Wilson, and Ken Styles.
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.