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The Players’ Ring mission is to "provide the Seacoast with an intimate and distinctive performance experience by cultivating artistic creativity and freedom and by engaging audiences with unique and exciting theatrical opportunities." 


At the core of this mission is an average of eight to ten MainStage productions, which typically run for a total of twelve performances over three weekends and are included in our subscription packages.  Some shows are produced by the Players' Ring while others are produced by external production companies or individuals in partnership with the Ring.  Additionally, the Ring's Season features special programs such as holiday shows, cabaret nights, film screenings and staged readings of plays involved in the Ring–Works program.


Pitching a production through the Ring Toss is the first step.  Here’s what you can do:


  • Complete the Ring Toss submission form which appears below.  Please be as detailed as possible. Attach a PDF of the piece you are submitting. Deadline for submission is January 22nd, 2023.


  • The next step is to pitch your piece at the Ring Toss.  It is scheduled for Saturday, February 4th, 2023  from 9:00 am to 1:00pm at the Ring at 105 Marcy Street in Portsmouth.  Pitches via Zoom will also be conducted at that time.  Once your submission is reviewed, we will share details regarding your three-minute presentation.


  • In the following weeks, a group of seasoned theater artists will read and evaluate every submission. A final selection will be presented to the Ring’s Board in early May.  

  • These are some of the evaluation criteria:

    • Well-defined conflict

    • Memorable characters

    • Dialogue/play well-written

  • But the final selection is based on broader criteria that are important to a successful season:

    • Balance of genres, themes and tone

    • Mix of original and published pieces

    • Appeal to the Ring’s audience, defined as those pieces we believe the audience wants to see as well as those pieces we believe will challenge them.


Depending on the number of submissions, we will be evaluating for the 2023-2024 seasons as well as the 2024-2025 season.

The optimum production model will be decided after your proposal is received and discussed with you.


Contact Margherita at with questions.

We look forward to getting to know you and your work!

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