Primary Stages' Free ESPA*Drills Reading Series, With Talaura Harms, Denis Butkus and More, Held Aug. 21-22

News   Primary Stages' Free ESPA*Drills Reading Series, With Talaura Harms, Denis Butkus and More, Held Aug. 21-22
The Primary Stages ESPA*Drills Reading Series, an annual new play development program providing professionally staged readings to four ESPA playwrights, is offered Aug. 21-22. The free public readings are held at 59E59 Theaters.

According to Primary's Einhorn School of Performing Arts, "the plays are workshopped at Primary Stages under the guidance of the ESPA staff and presented before an audience of industry peers at Off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theaters. ESPA*Drills provides an exclusive opportunity for students to receive professional attention through the resources and support of Primary Stages."

Here's the reading series at a glance:

Keep Calm and Carry On
Aug. 21 at 5 PM
By Melisa Annis, directed by Dominic D'Andrea with Sarah Nina Hayon, Ted McGuinness, Jennifer Mendenhall and Anna Nugent
"Reporting for battle requires bravery, a sense of duty… and the ability to open your door."

Aug. 21 at 8 PM
By David Hilder, directed by Suzanne Agins with Nick Abeel, Christian Conn, Talaura Harms, Jacob Horstmeier, Jessica Luck and Jeanine Serralles
"A woman threw herself off a pier and never came up for air. Now she and her survivors must accept the help of others – even a talking clam."

Unknowing Grace
Aug. 22 at noon
By Alyssa Biber Colman, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg with Kelly AuCoin, Emily Dorsch, Stephanye Dussud, Brenne Rimberg, Constance Schulman, Amanda Stephen and Ramon Olmos Torres
"Explaining to an eight-year-old that grandma is losing her memory is just as tough as explaining it to grandma herself." Do Not Leave Unattended
Aug. 22 at 3 PM
By Jan Rosenberg, directed by Daniella Topol with Denis Butkus, Nicholas Cocchetto, Darcy Fowler, Sheila Joon, Brad Makarowski and Eric T. Miller
"Eddie's made a dangerous new friend. One that’s expecting some feral company."

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is a "multidisciplinary school with departments in writing, acting, and directing. Now in its seventh year, ESPA has refined actors who have been seen on and Off-Broadway, developed writers whose work has won awards and received workshops and productions, and served as a professional and artistic home for emerging talent."

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