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, May 13

Short Plays by Lynn Cullen

Wednesday May 13, 7:30 pm, Generic Theater and the Players’ Ring continue their series of free play readings. Generic Theater will read 4 short plays, one each by Lynn Cullen of Portland ME, of Laurie Ewer of Boston MA, and New Hampshire playwrights George Kelly and Tom Dunn. The Players’ Ring is at 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, and admission is free. No reservations are required.

The selection of plays circles around extreme, even mythical situations: Cullen’s “Mr. Quack Comes Back” describes Mr. Quack as “a jovial talking duck,” and in Dunn’s”The Woman Who Tried to Marry a Bear,” the bear speaks too, in his way. Ewer’s “Happy Girl” is the child of dysfunctional parents. Kelly’s ”Facing Backwards” involves two Red Sox fans respond diversely to the 2004 World Series results.

Peggi McCarthy directs Alan Huisman, Cary Wendell, Susan Turner, Betsy Kimball, and Elizabeth Holcomb. The reading should take about two hours, plus audience discussion.

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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