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 March 15 at 7:30 pm - David Ives’s “Lives of the Saints: Nine One Act Plays”

This evening of theater has everything audiences expect from Ives’s zany approach: verbal brilliance and theatrical imagery that explodes into metaphysics.

In Ives country, oddities spring up in the landscape: for example, the pile-up of laundry detergent puns in "Soap Opera," the saga of an appliance repairman’s love affair with his washing machine. In “Life Signs,” Ives convinces us that a man who never understood his mother in life just may get to know her better after she’s departed.

Reading will be Alan Huisman, Peter Michaud, Roland Goodbody, Barbara Hilton, Helen Brock and Susan Turner. Turner, who directs the reading, gives reasons for her choice: “I chose this to read because it is March! We need the lightness and weirdness and short stories, because Spring is right around the corner but is going to play hide and seek for a while… just a tease. These are teases of other worlds, thoughts and beings. These one acts are a mixture of inanity and insanity. Laugh at the snow and hear what we mean. Come, enjoy!”
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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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