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, November 11

"The Other Two Men" by Lisa Shapter and "The Promise of Space" by James Patrick Kelly

On Wednesday November 11 at 7:30 pm, Generic Theater goes into the future with a free play reading at The Players’ Ring. This month’s event features two science fiction one-acts by Seacoast playwrights Lisa Shapter of New Castle and James Patrick Kelly of Nottingham.

The plays are Shapter’s The Other Two Men and Kelly’s The Promise of Space. With the renewed interest in Mars from the recent discovery of liquid water and the release of the film The Martian, these plays explore the outcomes of cloning, various space explorations, and what might happen in the future. Readers Alan Huisman, Kate Quisumbing, Alex Pease, and Collin Snider, directed by Helen Brock, will explore life in the future. The playwrights will be in attendance for a post-reading discussion.

Lisa Shapter’s work explores themes of identity, orientation, and gender. Black Denim Lit is currently publishing a series of stories with The Other Two Men’s characters. Her novella Day in Deep Freeze, set in a fictionalized Portsmouth, was published this past Spring. She is currently researching a history of early female science fiction authors.

James Patrick Kelly has won science fiction’s Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards; his fiction has been translated into twenty-one languages. The Promise of Space began life as short story told completely in dialogue. It was first published in 2013 in Clarkesworld Magazine and was anthologized in 2014 in both The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year and The Year's Best Science Fiction. As a play, it was published in the 2015 anthology Geek Theater.

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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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