Primary Stages announced today additional programming and events for its fall 2017 season, including staged readings of plays selected for the 8th Annual ESPA Drills.
Presented by Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), four plays selected by blind submission are workshopped under the guidance of the Primary Stages ESPA staff and advisor Crystal Skillman. All readings are free and open to the public and will be held at the Cherry Lane Theatre October 2 and 3.
Selected plays include Moonshine by Liz Appel and directed by Sarah Krohn; Another Revolution by Jacqueline Bircher and directed by Jade King Carroll; Carl's Not Here by Daniel Loeser and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker; and All My Love, Kate by Joe Breen.
Primary Stages has also announced that the second annual Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award will be awarded to Isaac Gomez for his play La Ruta. A free reading of the play will be held October 10 at 6:30pm at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
The Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award, established by Jeffry Melnick and administrated by Primary Stages, is given to worthy playwrights who have yet to receive a major production of their work. The other finalists for this year's award included Matthew Minnicino, Daaimah Mubashshir, and Jess Honovich. Those involved in the selection process included Tanya Saracho, Morgan Jeness, Jonathan C. Herzog, Janet Reed Ahearn, Sarah Steinberg, and Janet B. Rosen.
Throughout the 2017-18 season, Primary Stages will additionally present a series of developmental readings and workshops in collaboration with the Sol Project. The partnership supports new writers and provides an outlet for Latinx playwrights to develop their work off-Broadway. The first collaboration will be a free reading of Don't Eat the Mangos, written by Ricardo Pérez González and directed by David Mendizábel on October 17 at 6:30pm at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
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