What's Happening!

  • 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.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO!

  • WINTERWORKS 2020

    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.

    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 natalie@clubbedthumb.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.

  • 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

JOIN US FOR WINTERWORKS 2020

An evening of new plays directed by our 2019-2020 Directing Fellows, featuring:

Caitlin Sullivan directing
PANOPTICON
by Gracie Gardner
with Laura Esterman, Frankie Placidi, Lindsay Rico and Amelia Workman
design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, stage manager Bella Tostes

Andrés López-Alicea directing
BUSINESS IDEAS
by Milo Cramer
with Brooke Bloom, Crystal Finn, Layla Khoshnoudi and María Victoria Martínez
design by Raphael Mishler, stage manager Christina Woolard

Emma Miller directing 
USUS
by T. Adamson
with Brittany K. Allen, Sean Carvajal, Amanda Centeno, Susannah Flood, David Greenspan, Beth Griffith and Paco Tolson
stage manager Acacia Drake

WHEN: 
Wednesday, January 22nd at 7pm
Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm
Friday, January 24th at 3pm and 7pm
Saturday, January 25th at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, January 26th at 3pm

Runtime is approximately 2 hours followed by drinks and snacks in the Clubbed Thumb office.

WHERE:
Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003

Please make a reservation by emailing kathy@clubbedthumb.org

MORE ON THE PROGRAM:
In partnership with Playwrights Horizons Theater School, The Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship is a five-month new play directing intensive, under the mentorship of alumni artist Anne Kauffman and directors Daniel Aukin and Adam Greenfield.

Fellows develop new 30 to 40 minute plays by commissioned Clubbed Thumb playwrights over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student and alumni performers, in barebones, classroom settings. Then, they build on this work with workshop productions of the same plays with professional actors, presented for industry audiences at Winterworks.

ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA is a Puerto Rican director, actor, and teaching artist based in New York. He graduated from The New School for Drama with a degree in MFA Directing. His early studies were at the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in both Architecture and Drama. During his studies, Andrés was recognized by the university with awards in both directing and set design. In 2010, he created his own production company, Arte Zanquia’o, where he directed, produced, and acted in a variety of performances that ranged from improv shows to original works. In New York, he joined the creative team of Teatro LATEA, where he opened a resident theater company called Teatro 220. As an Assistant Director, he has worked with Alexander Mikhail on Twelfth Night, Laura Savia on Artney Jackson at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Christopher Liam Moore on Hairspray The Musical at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Selected credits include: Cymbeline (The New School for Drama), Pony Up (The New School for Drama), Blood Wedding (The New School for Drama), Five Sessions (LATEA Theatre) and Bad Press (The Cherry Lane Theatre.)

EMMA MILLER is a director, educator & producer. She is Co-Artistic Director of The Hearth, with which she recently directed Gracie Gardner’s Athena (NYTimes Critics’ Pick, JACK). Emma’s work has been seen at JACK, Queens Theater, The Medicine Show, The Tank, Dixon Place, Lucid Body House, Cincinnati Fringe, South Oxford Space, Theaterlab, Playwrights Downtown, Kenyon College & more. Emma was a Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, is Theater Arts Director at B’nai Jeshurun, and is on faculty at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Emma is an alumna of Laurel School, Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute – Advanced Directing at The O’Neill.

CAITLIN SULLIVAN is a New York-based director and theater maker. Her recent work has been presented by Ars Nova, New Georges, New Ohio Theatre, WP Theater, Danspace, Fusebox Festival, the Drama League, On the Boards and Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is the Associate Director of Hundred Days and The Lucky Ones (The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher, dir. Anne Kauffman). Before moving to New York, Caitlin co-founded Seattle’s critically acclaimed Satori Group, where she created and/or directed seven original works. She spent several summers as the Artistic Director of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab, developing new plays and musicals with The Bengsons, Martyna Majok, Mallery Avidon, Dipika Guha, and Caroline McGraw among others. Born and raised in Boston (Dorchester!), MA, Caitlin is a graduate of Williams College, an alum of the Drama League Directors Project and Next Stage Artist Residency, a member of the New Georges Jam and a New Georges Affiliate Artist.

PREVIOUS FELLOWS:

2018/19: KATE EMINGER, TARA AHMADINEJAD and SARAH BLUSH
2017/18: SARAH HUGHES, TAYLOR REYNOLDS and LILY RIOPELLE
2016/17: CAITLIN RYAN O’CONNELL, CHRISTINA ROUSSOS and LA WILLIAMS
2015/16: SANAZ GHAJARRAHIMI, LILLIAN MEREDITH, JAY STULL and KATE HOPKINS

Applications for the 2020/2021 Fellowship are now open – click HERE to apply!