What's Happening!

  • CLUBBED THUMB IS GOING TO BROADWAY

    We’re thrilled to announce that our much beloved production from Summerworks 2017 is headed to The Helen Hayes Theater for a limited run. It’s the first time that Clubbed Thumb will be above-the-title on a Broadway show, so we hope you’ll join us for it! Tickets and info HERE

  • WINTERWORKS 2019 IS UPON US!

    Join us for an evening of short-ish new plays directed by our
    18/19 Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger directing plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner

    Read more about the directors and RSVP HERE

  • Playwright Vivian Barnes has been awarded our 2018 open-application commission!

    We just met Vivian at our holiday party, and didn’t think we had read her work—-or were about to give her $10,000! We look forward to getting to know her and working together over the next few years.

     

    The panel–which included Jaclyn Backhaus, Migdalia Cruz, April Matthis, and CT’s Michael Bulger and Maria Striar–read 140 anonymous proposals, selecting Vivian’s for the grand prize, and awarding five finalists $1,000 each: Kori AlstonPhillip HowzeDeneen Reynolds-KnottRuth Tang and Andrea Thome.

     

    12 semi-finalists were also named: John J Caswell, Jr., Preston Choi, Daniella De Jesus, Noah Diaz, Georgina Escobar, Deepali Gupta, Kristine Haruna Lee, Daniel K. Isaac, Julia Izumi, Garrett Kim, Johnny Lloyd and Maia Matsushita. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who applied!

     

    Vivian is only one of the over 40 playwrights we’ll be supporting in 2019 with residencies, retreats, commissions, workshops, writers’ groups and of course, productions.

     

    HELP US HELP THEM WITH A DONATION NOW.

  • THIS WEEK WE'RE WORKSHOPPING TWO COMMISSIONS

    We’re delighted to have nearly 20 artists in the building this week working on two of our current commissions. We’ll have a presentation of each, but seating is very limited – let us know if you can join and we’ll send along the info

    The Woman’s Party by Rinne Groff, directed by GT Upchurch — Friday, Dec 7th at 1:00pm.  and Spindle Shuttle Needle by Gab Reisman, directed by Tamilla Woodard — Saturday, Dec 8th at 3:30pmRSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org

  • CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH CLUBBED THUMB

    Join us as we celebrate all we’ve done in 2018! There’ll be a big pot of gløgg, dancing around the tree, our signature strange and unusual traditions — and who knows, YOU might be the Troll King this year. It’s free – but do RSVP so we know how large of a marzipan pig to make

  • 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

SPRINGWORKS 2003

Design Your Kitchen

by Kate E. Ryan
directed by Robert Davenport

With Jeremy Alan Richards, Annie McNamara, Vin Knight, Gail Dennison, Abigail Lopez, Lawrence Jansen, Natasha Price, Harrison Hogan, Deron Bos and Tricia McAlpin

Sets by Andrew Cavanaugh Holland
Costumes by Liam O’Brien
Lights by Les Dickert
Sound by Michael Newman

Design Your Kitchen weaves together the narratives of an adolescent aspiring Henny Youngman, a romantically doomed Italian-American couple, and the slacker employees of a dubious government agency, culminating in a search for fulfillment at a kitchen remodeling expo.

April 14 – 17, 2003

Somewhere Someplace Else

by Ann Marie Healy
directed by Annie Dorsen

With Mara Stephens, Laura Heisler, Ryan Shogren, Andrew Weems and Todd Cerveris

Sets by David Korins
Costumes by Junghyun Georgia Lee
Lights by Ben Stanton
Sound by Fitz Patton

A married mid-western woman comes to visit her sister in New York City, in the Smallest Apartment in the World. And stays. And stays. Ronnie, Jeanine, and the people who pass through their lives search the big city for pockets of hope, a glimpse of purpose, and a little privacy.

April 11 – May 3, 2003

Late: A Cowboy Song

by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Debbie Saivetz

With Carla Harting, Addie Johnson and Mather Zickel

Sets by Andromache Chalfant
Costumes by Eric Hall
Lights by Steve O’Shea
Sound by Bray Poor
Music by Michael Escamilla

Mary finds respite from the endless series of holidays with her broke husband by drinking soup at the local Chinese restaurant with Red, a high school girlfriend who has become a Pittsburgh cowboy.

April 21 – 24, 2003

The Typographer’s Dream

by Adam Bock
directed by Drew Barr

With Kate Hampton, Meg MacCary and Dan Snook
Sets by David Morris
Costumes by Kim Gill
Lights by Juliet Chia

In which a typographer, a stenographer and a geographer

obsess about their professions, their identities, and Canada

over dinner and several bottles of wine.

February 1 – 23, 2003