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 September 14 at 7:30 pm - Good People by David Linsday-Abaire

Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire was first produced in 2011. The play, set in South Boston, follows Margie Walsh, who is fired from her job at a dollar store for repeated tardiness. Knowing that she and her handicapped adult daughter Joyce, born prematurely, are “only a single paycheck away from desperate straits," she visits her old high school boyfriend Mike, now a doctor, to ask for a job. After a verbal game of chicken, she shames him into inviting her to his birthday party in Chestnut Hill, where he and his wife Kate live, so that she can network. He later calls to tell her the party is cancelled, but she thinks he’s simply embarrassed to have her show up among his bourgeois doctor friends, so she decides to gatecrash the party…

Is Joyce Mike’s daughter, as Margie says, or is this just a ploy on her part to get financial support from Mike? Good People is a play that shrewdly uses Margie as an example of “how choices can make or break us, and the smallest twists of fate determine our path."

The readers are Susan Dumais, Cathy Wolff, Betsy Kimball, Linette Roungchun, Ken Butler, Alex Pease, and Susan Turner with Roland Goodbody directing.

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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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