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ESPA DRILLS

 

 

ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing professionally staged readings to ESPA playwrights. Each June, four plays are selected from dozens of submissions for workshopping at Primary Stages. They are then professionally cast, marketed, and presented before an audience of industry peers on an Off-Broadway stage later that summer. ESPA Drills provides an exclusive opportunity for students to receive professional attention through the resources and support of Primary Stages.

 

This year’s four Drills writers have been invited to attend a 4-day retreat led by Tessa LaNeve in Dorset, Vermont, where they will be staying at the home of Theresa Rebeck. With generous support by Ms. Rebeck and the Dorset Theater Festival,  the retreat will run from July 31 – August 3.

 

 

Applications for Summer 2014 ESPA Drills are now available!

Applications will be accepted from May 1 – 9 at 12:00pm EST.

 

All writing students of ESPA, past and present, are invited to apply.

 

 

 

Click here to download the Summer 2014 ESPA Drills Application.

 

 
 

 

 

  

The 2013 ESPA Drills Plays:

 

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

 

 

 

The 2012 ESPA Drills Plays:

 

Dairyland

by Heidi Armbruster

 

Honey

by Siobhan Antonioli

 

The Horse and Carriage

by Karin Shook

 

Welcome Home

by Stephen Brown

 

Click here to read our exclusive interviews with these playwrights. 

  

 

2011 ESPA Drills Plays
 

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

 

Click here to read our exclusive interviews with these playwrights. 

 

 

2010 ESPA Drills Plays

 

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

 

 

 


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For more information or with questions, please call 212.840.9705 or email espa@primarystages.org.

 

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