Play Readings at The Ring

Play Readings at The Ring

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, April 22

A Passage of Time

On Wednesday April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Generic Theater will read local playwright David Mauriello's A Passage of Time at The Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH. For information, call 603-436-8123 or visit This reading is free and open to the public.

Mauriello, who lives in Ogunquit, has written several plays that have been produced on the Seacoast, including Body, Spirits Willing, The Perfect Stranger, and Just Say Love; the latter has been made into a movie.

A Passage of Time tells the story of Joey and Michael, a young couple who make plans to run a guest house in a resort town. Their plans are disrupted and their relationship threatened when Joey's parents and elderly aunt move in with them.

The reading will feature Susan Turner, Alan Huisman, Anne Rehner, Betsy Kimball, Alex Pease and Russell Rocheleau, directed by Richard DiMario.

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.

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