Presented by Generic Theater

Generic Theater presents Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy A Skull in Connemara at the Players’ Ring. Typically for McDonagh, the play involves misfits and unnerving events – some potentially gory - with irreverent humor and a bit of heart.

Set in modern rural Ireland, A Skull in Connemara is part of a trilogy based in the town of Leenane. In Skull, it’s time for gravedigger Mick Dowd to make room for new occupants in the church’s graveyard. Local ruffian Mairtin Hanlon, his policeman brother Tom, and their grandmother Maryjohnny each have their view of Mick’s fitness for the job. How Mick finishes his work, and whose bones he must move this year, provide the action. In consummate McDonagh fashion, all is resolved beautifully, terribly, and hilariously, just past the brink of suspense.

A Skull in Connemara premiered in 1998, when the 24-year-old playwright was known as the first since Shakespeare to have four productions running on the London stage at once. Two decades and multiple accomplishments later, McDonagh’s movie 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, MTwon three Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for several others. In 2001 Generic Theater produced the entire Leenane trilogy including Skull as a staged reading and The Lonesome Westin a limited run. Their full production of Beauty Queen of Leenane at Players' Ring won Best Production and Best Actress at the Spotlight awards.

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Catherine has inherited her father's mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness.  Caught between a newfound connection with Hall, one of her father's former students and the reappearance of her sister Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable.  When Hal discovers a groundbreaking proof among her father's belongings, Catherine is forced to further question how much of her father's genius or madness she will inherit.

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There are two reasons that Elizabeth Farren is shocked when her estranged childhood friend Marbles calls her up.  First, Marbles was imaginary and second, she's talking into a Spaghettio's can.  Now she must come face to face with the ghosts of a past long forgotten.  Luckily she has her friends beside her to help her through.  Sharleigh Thomson's String Can Theory is a touching story of love, friendship and mental health.

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Georgie just kissed Alex in a bustling London train station. They’ve never met. He is two decades older. Was it mistaken identity? Or intended target? Short term con or love at long last? HEISENBERG is a comedy about the uncertainty of love by Olivier-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens. Told at the speed of farce, this cat-and-mouse pursuit throws off laughs and surprises at every hairpin turn. Players’ Ring favorites Roland Goodbody and Kimberly Holliday bring both flash and substance as the mismatched lovers. Or are they steadfast opponents? As Georgie says, if you watch something closely enough, you have no idea where it’s going or how fast it’s getting there. The New York Times calls HEISENBERG “A soaring, suspenseful, thrilling and wondrously stealthy play.”

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The Mouse has stumbled upon some bad luck and some big trouble so he decides to pack up and relocate because his Mama didn't raise no fool.  While searching for the perfect spot to lay low, The Mouse happens upon The Lion.  The Lion is very unfriendly and very unhappy due to some recent bad luck of his own.  They both need help and have no idea how helpful asking for help can be.  They learn about humility, honesty and friendship.  Adapted from Aesop's Fable, Androcles and the Lion, this story is filled with great music and laughs and is sure to remind you about a variety of life lessons which can sometimes be too easily forgotten.

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The Smallest Room in the House is a love story told over 50 years.  It is the story of John and Margie who we first meet on their honeymoon in 1957 and follow all the way to 2007.  We also meet their children, Tommy and Suzy, and their best friend Don.  

Oh, and the whole play takes place in the family bathroom.

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How much would you pay for a white painting?  Would it matter who the painter was?  Would it be art?  

One of Marc's best friends Serge has just bought a very expensive painting.  It is about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines.  To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work.  Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement.  Eager to please Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting.  Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures.  As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendship.  At the breaking point Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him:  "Go on."  This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action and its reaction affirms the power of those bonds.

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Established in the spring of 2004, Stranger Than Fiction is the premiere improvisatonal comedy troupe for the Granite State.  This is their 17th season at the Players' Ring, and every year they strive to provide audiences to create shows that rival improv clubs around the world.  Improvisors use suggestions from the audiences to create scenes live without the use of a script.  The results are often unexpected and hilarious.  No two shows are ever completely alike.  

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Timeline provides critical insight into the odyssey of a middle-aged woman, participating in individual therapy sessions.  Facilitated by Dr. Ashworth, these therapeutic sessions provide the ideal environment for her to explore childhood memories, adult-related milestones and the inevitability of death.  Dr. Ashworth's receptionist is the third cast member.

Individual therapy sessions are replete with humor, vulnerability and an exploration of pathways to healing.  Timeline has an unexpected climax that invites audience participation.  What memories do you need to confront?  Where are you along your timeline?

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Jack Robertson led a charmed life; a very successful, wealthy lawyer living in a luxurious home in a gated community with his beautiful socialite wife.  Everyone thought Jack was destined for even greater things -- there were mumblings of a bright political future -- but no one knew he carried a secret.  Then one afternoon he dropped dead and at the calling hours things got interesting.

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Carousel is a colorful and thought provoking play that journeys into the wonderfully curious and perplexing world of mental illness.

Girl, a young woman struggling with Schizophrenia, meets a unique group of individuals as she explores the confines of the psychiatric ward of her local hospital.  With each door she opens, she enters a new and different world unlike her own.  Through open, candid and at times raw discussions, she learns the light and dark side of living with a mental illness.

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A romantic comedy bordering on and at times crossing right into a farce.

Corina, a somewhat sexually unsatisfied yoga instructor and backyard beekeeper, tries to keep it together as she's pushed and pulled in every direction by her life's partner, her pretentious mother and a ridiculously smitten yoga student.

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Don’t drive too fast when you head up route 127 from Gloucester to Rockport, Massachusetts. You might miss Annisquam Village entirely. Nestled neatly between Pigeon Cove and Lanesville, Annisquam is a quaint little seaside community that is quiet in the summer and dead in the winter, and that’s the way people like it. Especially Dr. Wendell Petit, a depressed alcoholic, semi-retired psychologist who hasn’t showed up for work in weeks. Rumor has it he’s shacking up with a young woman, young enough to be his granddaughter. No one has actually ever seen or heard her but folks remain convinced and that’s what keeps the rumor mill running. Too bad that’s not the least of Dr. Petit's problems.

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This show originated as Impersonators of Romance:  A Night to Remember for Lakeside Players at the Bow Lake Grange Hall in Strafford, NH in 2012 as a Valentine's Day show with a cast of 9 men.  Now this widely popular show has a cast of 20 with both genders, is more than a Valentine show and travels to different venues on the Seacoast to perform.  

A great line up of "celebrities" presented by a talented cast; singing, dancing and comedy with acts for every age!  There is something for everyone in this show!

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