Play Readings at The Ring

Play Readings at The Ring

Generic Theater (GT) 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

Fireflies by David Mauriello - Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Peter, in his forties, is 'out" to everyone—with the exception of his family, especially his mother, the aging matriarch. After living a lie about his sexuality in a small town, he meets Kevin, the love of his life. Peter bolts from his roots and moves to the city with Kevin.

When Peter learns that his mother is unwell, he agrees to visit his family. The siblings have long suspected Peter was gay, and out him -- a surprisingly joyous event. Feeling flush with his siblings' support, Peter visits the old family home, where his ailing mother insists that she needs no one and wishes to live alone.

Peter knows his duty is to try to nurse her back to health. Kevin asks to help; but Peter refuses to reveal their true relationship to his mother. Does he really think the truth would wound her, maybe even fatally -- or is he, as Kevin suggests, "subconsciously ashamed of who you, we, and all gays are?"

Following a career in business and real estate, David Mauriello now writes full time. His play “Body” was the first original play produced at the Players' Ring in 1992. Earlier versions of “Fireflies” have received notice: as a screenplay, it was awarded a Fellowship by the Artists Foundation of Massachusetts, and a stage version was a finalist in the Firehouse Festival of plays. He is the author of the book “Reminders of Home” and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Next dates: 11/15, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/18, 5/16


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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