Lynn Cohen, John Wernke & More Set for ESPA Drills Reading Series, 8/18-19

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

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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