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, February 17

Larceny At Large:  Free Reading of Local Playwright’s work at Players Ring

Wednesday February 17 at 7:30pm, Generic Theater continues its play reading series at the Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth with a reading of local playwright Melrose Fougere’s Larceny At Large.   The playwright will be in attendance for a post-reading discussion.

Larceny At Large, originally  a contest-winning one-act, has recently had a second act added. A broad farce, the play proceeds from an inept robbery attempt of a stately home by two inexperienced thieves. The readers will include Susan Turner, Lou Salome, Steve Erickson, Alex Pease, and Roland Goodbody.

 English-born Fougere came to Portsmouth in 2012 after spending twenty-eight years in Houston, Texas. She has had seven plays produced, ranging in scope from ten minutes to full-length. Fougere’s other plays include Ophelia Rocks, Florence Alice, and The Other Side.She also collaborated as writer and producer of a short film called Divorce Texas Style, winner of a Silver REMI award at the Houston International Film Festival.

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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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