ESPA Drills Retreat 2015: A Poem of Reflection

On July 9-12, 2015 we brought the four writers selected for the ESPA Drills 2015 play development program on a retreat to Dorset, Vermont. This annual retreat is a chance for our newly-selected playwrights to get away from the busy city for a few days and concentrate entirely on writing and rewriting their plays.

Upon returning from the retreat, writer Karina Richardson reflected upon her experience and shared with us this poem:


drills retreat daydreaming
back at my daily life desk, i find myself dreaming of my drills retreat desk.
here, the city surrounds and swarms me with concrete and deadlines
there, in a cabin nestled in green, i didn’t have to look to feel all that earth-nature-animal energy cocooning me
here, i add, subtract, deal in money and time and the way things should go
there, i drifted, shaped, dealt in ideas upon ideas and the different ways in which my heart could find its way out of my pen
and now i’m back and can’t deny it
so every morning when i sit to write
happily, i seek to fill my everyday-here pockets with sprinkles of magic-there


The ESPA Drills program culminates with a public reading series. This year, the readings take place on August 24 and 25 at The Duke on 42nd Street. The plays presented will be:

DannyKrisDonnaVeronica
by Lawrence Dial
August 24 at 5:00pm

Graduation Day
by Emily Daly
August 24 at 8:00pm

Round She Goes
by Karina Richardson
August 25 at 12:00pm

This Sweet Affliction
by Blake Hackler
August 25 at 3:00pm

Please visit the ESPA Drills page of our website for more information about the ESPA Drills program and to RSVP to attend any of these readings.

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