What's Happening!

  • SUPERLAB RETURNS

    We’re back in Superlab this week, working on We Are Radios, by Chana Porter, with composer Ted Hearne, directed by Adam Greenfield and featuring Bill Buell, Tomás Cruz, Gregg Mozgala, Alex Flores, Kristine Haruna Lee and Annette O’Toole. Join us on Friday, Oct 12th at 3pm to hear the play —
    RSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org

  • QUINN CORBIN JOINS THE CLUBBED THUMB STAFF AS ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR

    We first met Quinn many years ago, when she was working as a literary agent for Gersh; in fact it was she who sent us a play by and urged us to meet with a talented young playwright named Jaclyn Backhaus. Since then, Quinn has been building her skills with fundraising and events, as well as reading plays and adjudicating awards for institutions across the country–and so comes to us with the perfect mix of experiences we were looking for. She’s great, we’re lucky to have her on our team, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her at an upcoming event.

  • MEET THE 2018/2019 EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP

    We’re excited to introduce you to (and get to know ourselves) eight writers, nominated by our mid-career alumni community, who will meet over the coming season – culminating in presentations of their work during Summerworks. They are: Alexander Paris, April Ranger, Emma Goidel, Lily Akerman, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi, T. Adamson and Zhu Yi – learn more about them HERE

  • THANKS FOR COMING TO INDEED, FRIEND!

    Thank you to the many people who made it out to our workshop production of INDEED, FRIEND! by Eliza Bent, directed by Knud Adams, a co-production with Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Click HERE to check out some photos from the show

  • ANNOUNCING A NEW OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

    Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Read more and submit HERE

  • ANNOUNCING THE 2018/2019 DIRECTING FELLOWS

    We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. 

    This fall they’ll develop plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner with student actors from Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and in January we’ll present those plays with professional casts at our fourth-annual WINTERWORKS.

    Read more about the directors and the program HERE.

  • THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT A GREAT 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 3,300 people who came to see a show this summer.

    We were also excited to introduce you to the plays of our early-career writers’ group throughout the festival, as well as the work of Chris Brown (Summerworks’s Master Electrician of many years) whose drawings of the East Village filled the lobby gallery. (Check out his work HERE and contact him to buy something!)

  • The 2017 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission goes to Angela Hanks and Gabrielle Reisman!

    We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Biennial Commission – thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal! The panel elected to split the prize between Angela and Gabrielle, and to award three finalists–Gracie Gardner, Paul Cameron Hardy and Daniel Glenn–$1,000 and a workshop

SUMMERWORKS 2002

Red Death

Jane Withers, former kindergarten teacher and certified lifeguard, crosses the earth hunting down a powerful magnate, his cosmopolitan wife, and their jaded daughter at the behest of a mysterious “panel”.

by Lisa D’Amour
directed by Anne Kauffman

With Mel Jurdem, Meghan Love, John McAdams, Robert Alexander Owens, Mary Shultz, and Maria Striar, 
Sets by Alexander Dodge
Costumes by Miranda Hoffman
Lights by John-Paul Szczepanski
Sound by Matthew Burton

May 3 – 25, 2002

Demon Baby

An American writer relocates to England with her husband, has difficulty assimilating, and finds her alienation taking on the supernatural form of a cigar-chomping garden gnome.

by Erin Courtney
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Effie Johnson, James Urbaniak, John Wellmann, Nina Hellman, Brian Quirk, Anna Hayman and Abigail Savage
Sets and Lights by Garin Marschall and Paul Olmer
Costumes by Kelly Hanson
Sound by Todd Griffin

May 6 – 9, 2002

The Typographer’s Dream

A typographer, a stenographer, and a geographer share too many bottles of wine over dinner, and obsess about their professions, their identity, and Canada.

by Adam Bock
directed by Drew Barr

With Meg MacCary, Kate Hampton and Tim McGeever
Sets by David Morris
Costumes by Kim Gill
Lights by Juliet Chia
Sound by Kai Harada

May 13 – 16, 2002

The Train Play

The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It

by Liz Duffy Adams
directed by Jonathan Silverstein

With Dan Sturges, Austin Jones, Ami Shukla, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Keith Davis, Maria Porter, Mark Leydorf, Gibson Frazier and Ryan Shogren
Sets by David Morris
Costumes by Alysia Raycraft
Lights by David Zeffren
Sound by Mark Huang

January 11- February 2, 2002