We are pleased to announce the 2020/21 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellows
We struggled mightily to recalibrate this program in light of the many forces the last 7 months have brought to bear. This year’s iteration will take a very different shape than in years past, and we’re delighted to go on this journey of discovery with an expanded group of eight fellows: Leonie Bell, Nana Dakin, Michaela Escarcega, Estefanía Fadul, Rachel Gita Karp, Arpita Mukherjee, Keenan Oliphant and Joan Sergay and four mentors: Anne Kauffman, Daniel Aukin, Niegel Smith and Laurie Woolery. Read more about them HERE
Congratulations to the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission winners, finalists and semifinalists
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Biennial Commission: Francesca Pazniokas and Jacob Perkins and to the 10 finalists and semifinalists also awarded this year. Read more HERE
What the Constitution Means to Me streaming on Amazon Prime, starting October 16th
Though the national tour is on hold, you can still catch Heidi Schreck’s beloved play (which originated in Summerworks 2017) before the election.
Filmed during their last week on Broadway, and directed for the screen by Marielle Heller, What the Constitution Means to Me will stream on Amazon Prime beginning October 16th.
Meet the next Early-Career Writers' Group
We’re excited to get to know these eight writers over the course of the coming year, and to welcome them into the Clubbed Thumb fold: Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Allyson Dwyer, Nazareth Hassan, Johnny Lloyd, Cristina Luzárraga, Kathy Ng, Hanna Novak & Ruth Tang.
They’ll be sharing their work (by Zoom for now) over the next eight months (and we hope to share it with you after that). Learn more about them HERE.
A SUMMERWORKS 2020 UPDATE
Like everyone else right now, we’re in a holding pattern. In the meantime, click HERE to follow along with a fond look back at the last 24 years on our Instagram story, and read a recent Playbill article on the history of Summerworks HERE
ANNOUNCING THE 2020 CLUBBED THUMB BIENNIAL COMMISSION
Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. Read the prompt HERE
TUMACHO IS NOW CLOSED
Dear friends & supporters:
It is with sadness that we announce we will be ending our run of Tumacho ahead of schedule. We believe it is just the responsible thing to do.
We have reached out to ticket holders for cancelled performances – if you have not heard from us, please reach out to email@example.com
We are so deeply proud of the work everyone has done on this production, and glad that we were able to share it with so many over the last few weeks. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.
Maria, Michael & Quinn
ANNOUNCING THE 25TH ANNUAL SUMMERWORKS
We are very excited to share our upcoming Summerworks, featuring new plays by Gab Reisman, Angela Hanks and Rinne Groff – we’re on hold for the moment, but in the meantime you and read more about them HERE
TUMACHO IS BACK IN TOWN
Our hit production from Summerworks 2016 returns for four weeks at the Connelly Theater – February 17 – March 21, 2020.
When we first produced this play, in the summer of 2016, the question of whether a hopeless citizenry could overcome their despair and band together to fight their oppressor felt like a metaphor, a general moral query about, you know, being a better person. After three long years, we have a very different understanding of the need for communities to come together to resist.
We have always loved Tumacho for its invitation to virtuosic comic performance, and for the slyness of its critique. Now it feels like a joyful way to gird our loins for the coming fight. We’ve wanted to revisit the show since our first short run, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing that right now.
THANK YOU to everyone who attended Winterworks 2020!! We were delighted to introduce you to the work of our 19/20 Directing Fellows: ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA, EMMA MILLER and CAITLIN SULLIVAN, directing new plays by MILO CRAMER, T. ADAMSON, and GRACIE GARDNER.
Hear Vivian Barnes's new play HEAP on Fri, Nov 22nd at 2pm
Vivian won our 2018 open-application commission with the proposal for this play – and we are excited to be working on and sharing it with you this week. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat.
HEAP by Vivian J.O. Barnes
Directed by Colette Robert
with April Matthis, Will Dagger, Danielle Davenport, Marielle Young, Polly Lee, Mikumari Caiyhe, Layla Khoshnoudi and Brian Quijada
A kaleidoscopic imagining of the book of Job seen through the eyes of his nameless wife and the denizens of their suburban cul-de-sac.
This summer's hit LUNCH BUNCH returns in 2020!
We are very excited to let you know that our production from Summerworks 2019 will return in 2020, as a co-production with our friends at The Play Company.
Lunch Bunch was born of a long, rich collaboration with Sarah, Tara and its other artists. It is very close to our hearts–and one of the most popular shows ever featured in Summerworks. How excellent to partner with PlayCo, whose work we love: two small companies sharing their resources to continue a beloved show’s growth and reach. MORE INFO HERE
Join us for a workshop presentation of Paul Cameron Hardy's new play!
This play was a finalist for our 2017 Biennial Commission and we’re excited to be working on it this week with Paul and Tara. Join us!
Untitled Dentist Play by Paul Cameron Hardy
directed by Tara Ahmadinejad
featuring: Susanna Guzman, Ellen Maddow, Purva Bedi, Kristin Villanueva, Drita Kabashi, Ned Einsenberg and Agnes Borinsky.
Forced to attend the retirement party of the town’s most-celebrated orthodontist, Dr. Idalia Navas and her staff spin into a mild existential crisis.
Fri, Oct 25th, 3pm at 440 Lafayette St
RSVP to natalie @ clubbedthumb.org
Meet the 19/20 EARLY CAREER WRITER'S GROUP and PRODUCING FELLOWS.
We have a new team of playwrights and we are delighted to introduce you to them: Crystal Finn, Deneen Reynolds, Justice Hehir, Aaron Ricciardi, Julia Izumi, Kori Alston, May Treuhaft-Ali, and Ryan Szelong.
Nominated and mentored by members of our mid-career alumni community, these eight writers will meet over the course of the year to develop their work, culminating in presentations during Summerworks.
Read more about the playwrights and the program HERE.
And say hello to this year’s Producing Fellows: Kathy Ng and Natalie Risk.
Each year, two early-career creative producers assist on all programming, as well as casting, script evaluation, management and marketing under the guidance/mentorship of Clubbed Thumb staff, culminating in hands-on roles in Summerworks.
Mark Barton, lighting designer
Jeff Biehl, actor
Adam Bock, playwright
Chris Brown, lighting designer/master electrician
Sheila Callaghan, playwright
Dan Casto, actor
Shannon Case, production manager
Erin Courtney, playwright
Randy Danson, actor
Joshua Dickens, actor/graphic designer
Megan Schwarz Dickert, stage manager
Jill DuBoff, sound designer
Laura Esterman, actor
Kip Fagan, director
Crystal Finn, actor
Susannah Flood, actor
Gibson Frazier, actor
Leah Gelpe, sound and video designer
Donnetta Lavinia Grays, actor
Tilly Grimes, costume designer
Rinne Groff, playwright
Kate Hampton, actor
Lars Hanson, actor
Carla Harting, actor
Jordan Harrison, playwright
Ann Marie Healy, playwright
Ian Helfer, actor
Nina Hellman, actor
Birgit Huppuch, actor
Dan Illian, actor
Mia Katigbak, actor
Anne Kauffman, director
Layla Khoshnoudi, actor
Tyler Kieffer, sound consultant
Christina Kirk, actor
Portia Krieger, director
Carson Kreitzer, playwright
Polly Lee, actress
Ethan Lipton, playwright
Meg MacCary, actor; Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director 1996 – 2009
Pam MacKinnon, director
Matthew Maher, actor
Arnulfo Maldonado, scenic designer
Dave Malloy, sound designer/composer
Sydney Maresca, costume designer
Garin Marschall, lighting designer
Annie McNamara, actor
Raphael Mishler, prop & puppet designer
Corinne Moreno, stage manager
David Morris, set designer
Gregory S. Moss, playwright
Carolyn Mraz, set designer
Jan Munroe, actor/playwright
Paul Olmer, set designer/technical director
Sylvan Oswald, playwright
Robert Alexander Owens, actor
Jessica Pabst, costume designer
Hubert Point-Du Jour, actor
David Ramirez, technical director
Sue Rees, set designer
Shane Rettig, sound designer/composer
David Roy, lighting designer/master electrician
Kate E. Ryan, playwright
Noah Scalin, visual artist/graphic designer
Gina Scherr, lighting designer
Ken Rus Schmoll, director
Heidi Schreck, actor/playwright
Mary Schultz, actor
Jenny Schwartz, playwright
Mark Shanahan, actor
Michael Showalter, actor/playwright
Jason Simms, set designer
Pete Simpson, actor
Mary Spadoni, stage manager
Peggy Stafford, playwright
Sunny Stapleton, stage manager
Dan Sturges, actor
Alison Tatlock, actor/playwright
Louisa Thompson, set and costume designer
Kathleen Tobin, dramaturg
James Urbaniak, actor
Anne Washburn, playwright
John Wellmann, actor
Brandon Wolcott, sound designer
Danny Wolohan, actor
Kirche Leigh Zeile, costume designer
Mather Zickel, actor
Daniel Zimmerman, scenic designer
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