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, September 9
Headshots by Lawrence Hennessey and Waiting for Jack by Lynne Cullen
The 2015-16 Play Reading Series returns to the Players’ Ring with members and friends of Generic Theater reading two plays by area playwrights: Lawrence Hennessey’s “Headshots” and Lynne Cullen’s “Waiting for Jack.”
“Headshots” is a series of monologues involving characters whose lives intertwine in funny, intriguing ways. Rockport Massachusetts resident Lawrence ‘Nick’ Hennessey’s work is familiar to playgoers at the Ring, as four other plays of his have received production. They are "96 Tears" (2011), "Last Rites" (2011), "Without Walls" (2013), and "The Myth of the Father" (2014).
Lynne Cullen’s drama “Waiting for Jack” is set in November 1960, just 2 days before the presidential election. Three JFK supporters wait overnight for their candidate to deliver his message of hope. Their post-war experiences, however, complicate their optimism. Cullen is a playwright and storyteller living in Falmouth, Maine. She became a storyteller while living in England, and loves the Old Stories. This is the fourth of her plays Generic Theater has read at Players’ Ring.
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.