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 2008

Gentleman Caller

In which that damn war just keeps going on and on, and three scrappy gals sit and wait and wonder: When will he call?

by Ann Marie Healy
directed by Brooke O’Harra

With Hannah Cabell, Beth Hoyt, Meg MacCary, and Hubert Point-Du Jour
Production Design by Peter Ksander
Costumes by Tara Webb
Sound by Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg

June 8 – 14, 2008

Vendetta Chrome

In which Vendetta, a late bloomer at a Victorian girls’ school, must save her friends and her family from a legacy of trouble — and it’s all in the dance moves.

by Sylvan Oswald
directed by Alexis Poledouris

With Jeanine Serralles, Tracee Chimo, Lisa Rafaela Clair, Rebecca Hart, Caroline Tamas, Ariana Venturi, Sam Breslin Wright, Jenny Seastone Stern, Ginger Eckert
Sets by Jason Simms
Costumes by Jessica Pabst
Lights by Gina Scherr
Sound by Joe Varca
Choreography by Tracy Bersley

June 15 – 21, 2008

Slavey

In which Robert and Nora, a couple on the rise, get a big promotion, a bigger house, and a brand new slave.

by Sigrid Gilmer
directed by Robert O’Hara

With Spencer Scott Barros, Glenn Cruz, Amanda Duarte, Tim Frank, Hasani Issa, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Edward Nattenberg, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Gita Reddy, Paco Tolson
Sets by Caleb Levengood
Costumes by Clint Ramos
Lights by Raquel Davis
Sound by Daniel Odham

June 22 – 28, 2008

Amazons and Their Men

The Frau used to make beautiful films for a fascist government. Now she’s trying to direct a film that’s simply beautiful. The Frau casts herself in the lead role of the Amazon queen Penthesilea, who falls for Achilles on the battlefield of the Trojan War. But when her actors start disappearing, it becomes difficult for the Frau to ignore the real war outside her sound stage. Inspired by the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl.

by Jordan Harrison
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Gio Perez, Heidi Schreck, Brian Sgambati, and Rebecca Wisocky
Sets by Sue Rees
Lights by Garin Marschall
Costumes by Kirche Leigh Zeile
Sound by Leah Gelpe

January 5-26, 2008
Previews January 3 and 4