What's Happening!

  • PLANO IS UP AND RUNNING!!

    Congratulations to the incredible team of artists who worked tirelessly to re-mount (and revise) last summer’s production of Plano. Reviews are in and it’s a hit (see Sara Holdren’s HERE; Helen Shaw’s HERE and Zachary Stewart’s HERE – just to name a few). Four weeks of performances remain, but tickets are moving fast -get yours HERE

  • HAPPY OPENING TO HEIDI SCHRECK AND THE WHOLE CONSTITUTION TEAM

    We’re thrilled to be above-the-title on a Broadway show for the first time, and doubly thrilled it is with our much beloved production from Summerworks 2017, What The Constitution Means to Me. Running now for a limited time at the Helen Hayes Theater – tickets and info 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

  • ANNOUNCING SUMMERWORKS 2019

    Our 24th Annual Mini-Season of New Plays! Featuring: Lunch Bunch by Sarah Einspanier, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad; You Never Touched the Dirt by Zhu Yi, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and King Philip’s Head Is Still On That Pike Just Down The Road by Daniel Glenn, directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell. Read more and get your pass HERE

  • JOIN US FOR SUPERLAB

    This week we’re working on Daniel Glenn’s King Philip’s Head is Still on That Pike Just Down the Road, directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell – join us on Tuesday, February 19th at 3pm to hear the play. RSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org

  • SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL CLUBBED THUMB GALA: Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    CHANGING THE STORY: Honoring Heidi Schreck, Jaclyn Backhaus and Sarah DeLappe, and celebrating their feminist disruption of the American Theater. More details to come

  • WINTERWORKS 2019 HAS COME TO AN END

    Thank you to the 35 artists and nearly 400 audience members who supported the work of our18/19 Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. It was a great six months with these directors, and we look forward to a long relationship with each of them. Read more about them, and the program, 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!

  • 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

SUMMERWORKS 2015

at The Wild Project 195 E. 3rd St. (between Ave. A & B)

D DEB DEBBIE DEBORAH

written by Jerry Lieblich
directed by Lee Sunday Evans

with Kate BensonBrooke BloomNick ChoksiGeoff Sobelle and Stacey Yen

set by Brett J. Banakis
costumes by David Hyman
lights by Eric Southern
sound by Brandon Wolcott
production stage manager Kevin Clutz

“The auspicious opening production of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks. …Jerry Lieblich’s dizzyingly clever new play…Directed with deceptively easygoing agility by Lee Sunday Evans…Invigorating stagecraft…Five cast members…melt and morph before our eyes with a splendidly assured lack of assurance.”

CRITIC’S PICK!
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

“D Deb Debbie Deborah boasts moments of slippery gorgeousness, some of which have to be seen to be believed….another expertly produced Clubbed Thumb Summerworks show, crafted exquisitely to showcase a script…Lieblich has managed the ultimate bit of theatrical prestidigitation. Shazam, folks! Out of nowhere, he appears on the scene.”
FOUR STARS. CRITIC’S PICK!
– Helen ShawTime Out NY

May 20 – May 30, 2015

CARD AND GIFT

written by Kate E. Ryan
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

with Ella DershowitzLaura EstermanMia KatigbakConnie Ray and Scott Sowers

set by Daniel Zimmerman
costumes by Jessica Pabst
lights by Les Dickert
sound by Leah Gelpe
production stage manager Lisa McGinn

In Kate E. Ryan’s “self-effacingly oddball” Card and Gift, “naturalism melts softly into surrealism.”
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

“A modern La Brea tar pit, trapping various species of American woman so that a scientifically curious audience can examine them at leisure…incompetent Shana…unworldly Annette…[and] Lila…an artist no longer making but reluctant to be forgotten.”
– Helen ShawTime Out NY

June 4 – June 14, 2015

MEN ON BOATS

written by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Will Davis

with Jess BarbagalloBecca BlackwellHannah CabellDanielle DavenportDanaya EsperanzaDonnetta Lavinia GraysBirgit HuppuchLayla KhoshnoudiKelly McAndrew and Kristen Sieh

set by Arnulfo Maldonado
costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
lights by Solomon Weisbard
sound by Jane Shaw
production stage manager Sunny Stapleton

You will surely want to spend time with the hearty title characters of Men on Boats. …A rollicking history pageant…Backhaus’s lively script…brought to infectiously vivid life [by] Will Davis’s highly ingenious direction … The cast, the director and the design team…delightfully recreate the rhythms, rush and terror of life on the water…Rendered in a carefully exaggerated style that both teases and cozies up to the clichés of the archetypal hero adventurer.”
CRITIC’S PICK! – Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

June 19 – June 29, 2015

Playwrights Horizons Theater School & Clubbed Thumb present
a workshop production of

THE WOLVES

by Sarah DeLappe
directed by Lila Neugebauer

With Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Allegra Leal, Allie Leonard, Kelly McAndrew, Amanda Phelan, Susannah Perkins, Frankie Placidi, Deb Trotchine and Sangi Varsano

set & props by Frankie Olivia
costumes by Machel Ross
lights by Korey-Elizabeth Rushing-Parker
sound by Dan Rider
stage manager Ilana Khanin
asst stage manager Ana M Verde
asst costume designer Tessa Lee
asst producer Taylor Edelhart

September 7 – 11, 2015
at The Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette Street