ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing extensive workshopping, a public presentation, and advocacy within the theater community for four new plays written at least in part at ESPA. Each June, these plays are selected from dozens of blind submissions for their ambition, voice, imagination, and energy. Over the course of two months, ESPA actors and outside guests lend their talent to these workshops and readings, which are then presented before an audience of industry peers on an Off-Broadway stage. ESPA Drills provides an exclusive opportunity for students to receive professional attention through the resources and support of Primary Stages.
All writing students of ESPA, past and present, are invited to apply.
2016 ESPA DRILLS PLAYS
Surfacing by Mike Poblete*
Directed by Carolyn Cantor**
Assistant Director: Blayze Teicher*
Featuring: Jeanette Bonner*, Rachel Lin, Kristin Parker*, Neil Tyrone Pritchard*, and Michael McCorry Rose*
A bit of advice: don't open with your botched suicide attempt on a first date.
August 15 at 4pm
Rapture2K by Daniel McCoy*
Directed by Morgan Gould
Assistant Director: Colton Pometta*
Featuring: Erin Healani Chung*, Matthew Dunivan*, and Ramon O. Torres*
The end of the world's not what it used to be.
August 15 at 7pm
The Call Center by Joshua Strauch*
Directed by Gregg Wiggans
Assistant Director: Rachael Harrington*
Featuring: Sonia Nam, Nairoby Otero*, Frank Paiva*, Vanessa Pereda-Felix*, Steve Remeika*, and Danielle Elizabeth Sacks
The telemarketing industry is dying... but so is humanity.
August 16 at 4pm
Montgomery by Stephen Brown*
Directed by Suzanne Agins**
Assistant Director: Ria T. DiLullo*
Featuring: Diana Cherkas*, Talaura Harms*, Brian Keane, Jessica Luck*, Alfredo Narciso, Brian Quijada, and Kara Young
When you don't have a license but you do have a vengeance, kidnapping country music singers is easier than you'd think.
August 16 at 7pm
All readings will be held at The Lucille Lortel Theatre and are free to attend.
PAST ESPA DRILLS PLAYS
DannyKrisDonnaVeronica by Lawrence Dial
Graduation Day by Emily Daly
Round She Goes by Karina Richardson
This Sweet Affliction by Blake Hackler
Mexico by Rachael Jenison
A Small History of Amal by Amal, Age 7 by Lindsay Joelle
The Amelia Episodes by Kat Ramsburg
Any Day Now by Nat Cassidy
Keep Calm and Carry On by Melisa Annis
Unknowing Grace by Alyssa Biber Colman
Drown by David Hilder
Do Not Leave Unattended by Jan Rosenberg
Dairyland by Heidi Armbruster
Honey by Siobhan Antonioli
The Horse and Carriage by Karin Shook
Welcome Home by Stephen Brown
The Feminism of a Soft Merlot (Or How the Donkey Got Punched) by Micheline Auger
23.5 Hours by Carey Crim
Verano Place by Katie Atcheson
Next Time on Spring Valley by Louise Schwarz
The Green by Kate Tarker
American Drum Circle by Vanessa Shealy
Jersey Intersections by Tina Kolomatsky
In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep by Marin Gazzaniga