Month: August 2016

Meet the 2016 ESPA Drills Writers!

Primary Stages ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing extensive workshopping, a public presentation, and advocacy within the theater community for four new plays written at least in part at ESPA. Each June, these plays are selected by blind submission from dozens of submissions for their ambition, voice, imagination, and energy.


artist-poblete-mikeMike is thrilled to be taking part in Drills. Born in Brooklyn, he has had six full length plays and numerous one acts performed in six countries. His newest play, One Down, will premiere and run the month of August at San Antonio’s Overtime Theatre. He has a Playwriting MFA from Trinity College Dublin and currently works in a Broadway production office.


Surfacing by Mike Poblete
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
A bit of advice: don’t open with your botched suicide attempt on a first date.
August 15 at 4pm



Daniel McCoy is a playwright and performer based in New York City whose plays include Perfect Teeth, Cleave, Rapture2K, Epimythium, Dick Pix, Group, and Eli and Cheryl Jump. His work has been produced and developed at Theaterlab in New York, Simple Machine Theatre in Boston, Source Theatre Festival in Washington D.C., the New York International Fringe Festival, and many other venues. He is a current member of the Project Y Play Group and regular director for the Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, Daniel can be seen writing and performing regularly in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go BlindDaniel is a graduate of the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College.

Rapture2K by Daniel McCoy
Directed by Morgan Gould
The end of the world’s not what it used to be.
August 15 at 7pm  



Joshua Strauch hails from Boca Raton, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and History from Florida State University. He’s also completed training programs in Improvisational Comedy from the iO and Annoyance Theatres in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently a member of the experimental improv troupe Mutual Slayer. Two of his short plays I Hate You, You… and Code Blue have been featured in the Detention short play series through the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts. He hates, HATES mayonnaise and loves tomatoes. Joshua credits his full head of hair for all of his playwriting abilities. Without his thick, beautiful hair…Joshua would be nothing.
The Call Center by Joshua Strauch
Directed by Gregg Wiggans
The telemarketing industry is dying… but so is humanity.
August 16 at 4pm



Stephen Brown’s work has been developed and received readings by Primary Stages, MCC, Page 73, The Road Theatre, and the Aurora Theatre. He’s been a past winner of the Global Age Project, a finalist for the Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill, PlayPenn, and the P73 Fellowship. He was a member of Page 73’s playwriting group I-73 and has had residencies with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and SPACE on Ryder Farm. He is a founding member of the famous Nighthawks Dance Crew.

Montgomery by Stephen Brown
Directed by Suzanne Agins
When you don’t have a license but you do have a vengeance, kidnapping country music singers is easier than you’d think.
August 16 at 7pm