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.
Wednesday January 11 at 7:30 pm - Dark Play or Stories for Boys by Carlos Murillo
"Dark Play" focuses on identity and deception in the early age of the Internet. During a college sexual encounter, the girl in Nick's bed wants to know why his abdomen is covered in scars. Does Nick tell the truth, or does he do what he does so well—weave an elaborate tale? The question launches him into a memory. An outsider at age fourteen, Nick discovers the intoxicating pleasures of inventing fake personalities in the chat rooms of the World Wide Web. Adam's online profile, and the words "I want to fall in love," pique his curiosity. Nick invents Rachel, the girl of Adam's dreams, and his curiosity becomes obsession. As Adam mounts the pressure to meet his Internet love in the real world, Nick creates ever more elaborate deceptions to fuel Adam's desire. When the boys finally meet in the real world, the consequences are catastrophic. A tale of deception, fluid personality and sexual license in the Internet age, "Dark Play" examines what happens when the real world and virtual world collide.
"…a shocking, revelatory look at how the Internet blurs reality and virtual reality. Perhaps no play since Equus has so searingly explored the violently malleable world of pubescent male sexuality." —Denver Post. "…as sharp as a razor and as dark as the mind of a depressed teenager…timely and compelling." —Louisville Courier Journal. "A lurid and provocative mind-tease of a play that is alternately irresistible and horrifying." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The evening will also include the reading of two shorter works: "The Dead Parent Club" by Carlos Murillo and "Winter Games" by Rachel Bonds
Directed by Alex Pease, the cast will include Zack Cranor; Samantha Smith; Scott Richardson; Michael Onofaro; Kaitlin Anne; and Karleigh Giguere.
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.