What's Happening!

  • SUMMERWORKS 2022 HAS COME TO AN END!

    Thank you to the over 100 artists, production staff, crew, interns and other folks who came together this year to make our 25th Summerworks. It was a giant feat – and we were so thrilled by the work we all created together.

    And thank you to the thousands of audience members who came to a show or a reading this year. We did not know what to expect, but you all really showed up for our work and we are humbled by that. We’ll have plenty of updates about the future coming soon – but for now: thank you!!

  • MEET THE CASTS AND DESIGN TEAMS FOR SUMMERWORKS 2022

    Tickets are on sale now for The 25th Summerworks – running May 20th through July 2nd at the Wild Project. We’re thrilled to announce initial casting and design teams for these three plays – READ MORE AND GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

  • APPLY FOR CLUBBED THUMB'S NEW PLAY DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP

    Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 cohort of Clubbed Thumb’s New Play Directing Fellowship. Directors who have at least 3 years of experience outside of an academic environment, will not be in grad school in the coming year and plan to be in NYC September 2022 through January 2023 are welcome to apply now through May 1st. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

  • THE 25th SUMMERWORKS

    Oh Summerworks, how we’ve missed you! With your idiosyncratic, fast, funny plays. On a warm summer evening with the garage door rolled up and a cold drink in hand – what could be better? We’re thrilled to be back at the Wild Project, May 20 – July 2, with three new plays we love. Please join us – we miss you too! CLICK FOR INFO & TICKETS

  • A SONG OF SONGS

    We are delighted to support this new work from Agnes Borinsky (playwright of Summerworks 2017’s Of Government), and directed by Machel Ross (who interned for us many years ago)! A Song of Songs is produced by The Bushwick Starr and Jeremy O. Harris, in partnership with El Puente. Performances May 10 – 27: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO

  • WINTERWORKS 2022: MEET THE DIRECTORS

    Clubbed Thumb’s Directing Fellowship just concluded, with our seventh-annual Winterworks! Through planning, a great deal of testing, enormous goodwill from the company of artists – and perhaps a shake of luck – we managed to do the whole program in person, and are so glad we did.

    Since attendance capacity (and our ability to see each others’ faces) was very limited this year, we put together a short video chat with the directors and mentor / program co-founder Anne Kauffman. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

  • ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT BIENNIAL COMMISSION

    Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. Today (December 22, 2021) we are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater. CLICK HERE to read the prompt

  • MEET THE ARTISTS IN OUR 21/22 EARLY-CAREER INCUBATOR PROGRAMS

    We’re excited to be back in-person with two new cohorts of writers and directors – read about those groups HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for information about how to get to know their work. And we’re also thrilled to have a new Producing Fellow—Gabby Farrah—on our team. Welcome Gabby!

  • EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP READING SERIES

    We’re pleased to introduce you to the work of the 16 playwrights who made up the last two cohorts of our Early-Career Writers’ Group – all of whom chose to postpone their readings until we could safely gather in person.

    It’s a tightly-packed schedule of two plays per day, Tuesday through Friday, October 5th through 15th at the Wild Project. We are excited to finally get to celebrate these writers and hope you can join us – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

  • OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY - ON SALE NOW

    We’ve been eager to put out a second anthology since Funny, Strange, Provocative was published in 2007, and the last year finally provided us with the time to take on this long-awaited project. We are thrilled to announce that Unusual Stories, Unusually Told, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen, is now available!

    In it you’ll find seven Clubbed Thumb plays that span 18 years of our history, as well as essays and interviews about the work, and the often atypical processes that led to their productions.

    Read more about the book and get your discounted copy (and our first anthology) HERE

  • EAT YOUR FEELINGS - three short videos about taking care of ourselves and each other

    Over the past few months we’ve been commissioning Clubbed Thumb artists to make short videos while we wait for theaters to re-open. We’re pleased to bring you the first installment of this initiative, a series created by Directing Fellowship alumnae Kate HopkinsKate Eminger and Caitlin Sullivan.

    It began as a chance to check-in with various CT artists during the pandemic – but quickly became a much deeper investigation of our community, of how we rely on one another, and how we might rebuild and reimagine a better future. This first episode features actress, playwright and good friend Crystal Finn cooking with her daughter Delphina (follow along from home with the recipe on the left).


    The series also features an organization which started in March to address food insecurity in New York – EV Loves NYC. Their work is crucial and ongoing, and we hope the videos inspire you to spread the word about what they do, volunteer and donate. They need our help.

    Click here to learn more & donate to EV Loves NYC

    And stay tuned for two more episodes, featuring Chinaza Uche & Caitlin Zoz and Mel Ng – as well as more commissioned work from a variety of Clubbed Thumb artists, coming soon to CT/TV!

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 BloomManik 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