TUMACHO IS BACK IN TOWN
Our hit production from Summerworks 2016 returns for four weeks at the Connelly Theater – February 17 – March 14, 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.
We are excited to introduce you to the work of our 19/20 Directing Fellows: ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA, EMMA MILLER and CAITLIN SULLIVAN, directing short-ish new plays by MILO CRAMER, T. ADAMSON, and GRACIE GARDNER.
Winterworks, our annual showcase of the fellows’ work, runs January 22 – 26, 2020 at Playwrights Downtown. Read more about the directors and the program HERE – and apply to be a part of the 20/21 cohort HERE
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.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THE 24th ANNUAL SUMMERWORKS!
We are exceptionally proud of the work we put out over the last seven weeks. Thank you to the over 150 artists, staff and interns who made it happen, and to the over 3,500 people who came to see a show this summer. If you missed it (or if you want to reminisce) you can read some selected press on the right —->
We’re writing this note while on our annual writers’ retreat in Red Bank, New Jersey, hosted by Two River Theater (with our friends, playwrights Trish Harnetiaux, Vivian Barnes, Sarah Einspanier, Milo Cramer and Zhu Yi). We’re spending the week (in addition to a lot of grilling) beginning to plan for the coming season – our next Biennial Commission, a new writers group and directing fellowship cohort, Superlabs & other workshops – and maybe a few surprises we aren’t ready to talk about just yet. So stay tuned for that.
Until then: have a great summer, and thank you.
Maria, Michael and Quinn
OUR BELOVED PRODUCTION OF PLANO HAS COME TO A CLOSE
Congratulations to the incredible team of artists who worked tirelessly to re-mount our production of Plano. We are so proud of what we all accomplished together, and delighted to have hosted over 3,000 audience members throughout the run. We couldn’t be happier – so thank you. Check out our Instagram to see photos of many of the wonderful people who visited Plano
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED AND SUPPORTED OUR 2019 GALA
We were delighted to celebrate Sarah DeLappe, Heidi Schreck and Jaclyn Backhaus at our gala last night–thank you to the many artists who made it a fantastic party, and thank you to everyone who attended and contributed–it was a huge success and we were touched and honored by the outpour of support.
And if you couldn’t be there, it’s ok – there’s still time to contribute HERE
SUPERLAB: FEATURING ANGELA HANKS
This week we’re giving Angela Hanks’s 2017 Biennial Commission Bodies they Ritual the Superlab treatment. Join us on Friday, March 15 at 3pm to hear the play, directed by Jeremy Bloom
• 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.