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Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts has announced casting for its ESPA Drills Reading Series this August. ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing staged readings to four playwrights. The plays are workshopped under the guidance of the ESPA staff and will be presented before an audience of industry peers Off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Announcing the writers, directors and casts for the 2014 Series:

August 18 at 5pm


by Rachael Jenison, directed by Jerry Ruiz

With David Anzuelo, Elizabeth Belonzi, Stephen Dexter, Jessica Luck, and John Wernke

When one man can’t eat, and the other can’t stop, there’s sure to be an epic food fight.


August 18 at 8pm

A Small History of Amal by Amal, Age 7

by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Lisa Peterson

With Meetu Chilana, Sanjit DeSilva, Mahira Kakkar, Deepa Purohit, Debargo Sanyal, Vishal Vaidya, and Stephen Alan Wilson

It’ll take a precocious seven-year-old and a little Bollywood magic for an atheist to make peace with the god of death.


August 19 at 5pm

The Amelia Episodes

by Kat Ramsburg, directed by GT Upchurch

With Philip Guerette, Joel Haberli, Kathryn Kates, Brittany Lee McDonald, and Molly Ward

If you’ve been raised by Rachel, Monica, Lucy, and Roseanne, and your estranged mother reenters the picture, it’s time to put down the remote.


August 19 at 8pm

Any Day Now

by Nat Cassidy, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

With Heidi Armbruster, Mike Callahan, Chris Henry Coffey, Lynn Cohen, Johanna Day, Hannah Ginsberg, Michael Laurence, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Colin Ryan, and Amie Tedesco

Family secrets never stay buried. Some even have teeth.


All readings will be held at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd St., between 7th & 8th Aves.) and free to the public.  Reservations can be made by visiting 

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Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is a multidisciplinary school with departments in writing, acting, and directing. Now in its eighth 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. ESPA is defined by its strong commitment to collaboration and community. Having provided a home to over 2,000 students, ESPA has become a leader in performing arts education through its excellence in training, unique collaboration and networking opportunities, and strong professional community. ESPA is open to all artists, in all stages of their careers.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 120 new plays, including Donald Margulies’ The Model Apartment (1995 premiere and 2013 revival); David Ives’ All in the Timing (original 1993 production and 2013 revival); Kate Fodor’s Rx; Charles Busch’s The Tribute Artist and Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Horton Foote’s Harrison, TX and Dividing the Estate (Two 2009 Tony Award® nominations); Brooke Berman’s Hunting and Gathering (one of New York Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2008); Terrence McNally’s Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (starring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes) and The Stendhal Syndrome (featuring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas); Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); and Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright’s U.S. debut). In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, which encompasses much more than the plays we produce for the stage. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our education and training programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), and the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important—and often transformative—connections within the theater community.