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.
Wednesday, October 7
Memento Maury by Luke Palmer
On Wednesday October 7 at 7:30 pm, Generic Theater will read Memento Maury by area playwright Luke Palmer as part of its series of play readings at the Players’ Ring. Palmer, who graduated from Emerson College in 2013, helped to produce the short film 'Advent,' which screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival.
Memento Maury focuses on an act of kindness that gets out of control. To honor a dead college classmate, his friends Victor and Grayson plan a simple memorial reading of his play, The Dream Elephant. They start an online fund-raising campaign, which draws far more interest than they can handle. As the project becomes nightmarish, Victor and Grayson realize they’ve made a big mistake . . . and it’s getting bigger.
Betsy Kimball and Alex Pease are collaborating in leading the sit-down reading; the playwright will be present for discussion.
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.