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.
EXTENDING OUR COMMISSION DEADLINE
We know that many peoples’ attentions are understandably focused on other goals right now, and so are delaying the submission deadline for our Biennial Commission until July 5th.
We are eager to award the commissions and get money in artists’ pockets as soon as possible, so we don’t want to delay any further than that, since the panel process can be time-consuming. If anyone finds that they would like to participate but cannot in this timeframe, please let us know and we will figure out what is possible. Read the prompt and submit 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
• Maria Striar (Producing Artistic Director, Founder) Maria helped found Clubbed Thumb in 1996, and has been on its staff since. Up until 2004 she directed and performed in many of the company’s shows. She still performs upon occasion with other downtown companies. Maria conceived and edited 2007’s Funny, Strange, Provocative: Seven Plays from Clubbed Thumb. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
• Quinn Corbin (Advancement Director) most recently served as Head of Events for the American Associates of the National Theatre. She has served as an independent script reader for the National Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Juilliard, Ars Nova, The Lark, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Public Theater, the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, Clubbed Thumb, South Coast Repertory, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference (where she has also been a returning guest artist), and is a nominator for The Kilroys and a subcommittee member for The Relentless Award. She worked for three years at The Gersh Agency where she represented playwrights, directors, and designers. She is the co-founder of C+C Mini Factory alongside Chelsea Cates. Under this moniker they have been social media influencers for companies like Starbucks and Firefox and were awarded “Instagrammer of the Year” in 2015 by the Shorty Awards (honoring the best of social media).
• Michael Bulger (Associate Artistic Director) In New York, Michael has worked for St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Public Theater, The Cherry Lane Theatre and others. Prior to that he worked for Center Theatre Group and Brimmer Street Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He teaches Creative Producing at Playwrights Horizons Theater School / NYU where he is also a consulting producer on mainstage productions. He received his B.A. from Emerson College and a Masters in arts administration from Columbia University.
• Natalie Risk (Producing Fellow) is an award winning director, producer, and actor working in theatre and film. Born in Cairo, and raised in Nashville she proudly calls New York City home. Most recently, Natalie wrote, devised, and performed in VIOLENT SILENCE, a performance art piece offering a new perspective on the appropriation of bodies and colonization of the mind. Natalie developed and fostered the work of experimental live performance through associate producing FUSEBOX FESTIVAL and KINDLING ARTS FESTIVAL. She was a co-founder and co-Producing Artistic Director of Second Stage Student Theatre, as well as the New Works intern for the Ingram New Works Project. Aside from her work as a theatre artist, Natalie served as the Vice President of the student chapter of Tennessee Women in Film and Media. She has won numerous awards for her work in film, both as a director and an actor. Natalie holds a BFA in Theatre: Directing and Film Production from Lipscomb University. @riskfactor
• Kathy Ng (Producing Fellow) is a playwright, librettist and hybrid theater-maker from Hong Kong, currently trying to make it work in the big apple. The content of her writing varies, but her pieces often deal with the actions of magnification, collage, and accumulation. More often than not, she likes to write about bugs. She has an B.A in Writing for Performance from Brown University and an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Most recently, her one-act musical [Maya and Me] was a top 10 finalist at Theatre Now’s festival, Soundbites 6.0.