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 February 8 at 7:30 pm - Last Gas by John Cariani
Cariani’s new comedy is once again set in the northern Maine woods, this time in Paradis’ Last Convenient Store, the last gas station before the Canadian border. It is run by Nat Paradis and his father Dwight, both avid Red Sox fans. Nat is divorced, with a teenaged son and other troubles, but things seem to be looking up. When an old flame comes back for a funeral, Nat tries to rekindle the relationship; but that rekindling may jeopardize his relationships with both family and friends. Nat must ask himself who makes him most happy.
Readers are Roland Goodbody, Barbara Hilton, Betsy Kimball, Zachary Koehler, Alex Pease, and Mike Pomp. The reading is directed by Helen Brock.
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.