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 18th

Rapture, Blister, Burn

Wednesday March 18 at 7:30 pm, To celebrate Women’s History Month, Generic Theater reads Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, a comedy set in a New England college town, at The Players’ Ring. Admission is free; no reservations are required. The Ring is at 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH.

The story involves a dangerous game of musical chairs in which two women covet one another’s lives. Following graduate school, Catherine and Gwen chose widely differing paths. Catherine has built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen has built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, each is unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, and takes up a challenge –the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and wit, this comedy takes an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2013.

Helen Brock has cast Generic Theater regulars Betsy Kimball, Peter Michaud, Kate Quisumbing, Susan Turner, and Sheri-Lynne Hinton to read Gionfriddo’s play, in which age and generation loom large. The playwright says, “Big, unfulfilled dreams are still possible, but they’re less likely. If you’re going to take a big leap and remake yourself, you have to do it now.”

April 22nd

May 13th

Please check the Generic Theater FaceBook page for the titles of the monthly readings and the date.

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.