Detention is an evening of new and original theater pieces written, directed, and performed exclusively by ESPA students. For each Detention, our playwrights have two weeks to create new, short plays based on a challenging writing assignment by a prominent guest artist. A handful of these plays are selected, staffed with a student director, and cast with student actors for a one-night-only, down and dirty production at Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village. Detention plays have gone on to both publication and full production. This program continually brings the ESPA community of artists together in a raw, collaborative challenge with public exposure.
Detention performances take place a few times each semester, and participation is limited to ESPA students. Detention assignments will be announced 4-6 weeks prior to each performance.
The first week of the month at 7pm and 9pm
The dates for the Spring semester are January 24, March 1, and April 5.
Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street (btw 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Admission is FREE. Space is limited.
PURCHASE DETENTION PLAYS
Click here to purchase the Detention plays that were produced in 2011 and 2012.