What's Happening!

  • A SUMMERWORKS 2020 UPDATE

    Like everyone else right now, we’re in a holding pattern. In the meantime, click HERE to follow along with a fond look back at the last 24 years on our Instagram story, and read a recent Playbill article on the history of Summerworks HERE

  • ANNOUNCING THE 2020 CLUBBED THUMB 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. Read the prompt HERE – proposals will be due on the first day of summer

  • TUMACHO IS NOW CLOSED

    Dear friends & supporters:

    It is with sadness that we announce we will be ending our run of Tumacho ahead of schedule. We believe it is just the responsible thing to do.

     

    We have reached out to ticket holders for cancelled performances – if  you have not heard from us, please reach out to michael@clubbedthumb.org

     

    We are so deeply proud of the work everyone has done on this production, and glad that we were able to share it with so many over the last few weeks. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

     

    Maria, Michael & Quinn
    Clubbed Thumb

  • ANNOUNCING THE 25TH ANNUAL SUMMERWORKS

    We are very excited to share our upcoming Summerworks, featuring new plays by Gab Reisman, Angela Hanks and Rinne Groff – we’re on hold for the moment, but in the meantime you and read more about them HERE

  • TUMACHO IS BACK IN TOWN

    Our hit production from Summerworks 2016 returns for four weeks at the Connelly Theater – February 17 – March 21, 2020.

     

    When we first produced this play, in the summer of 2016, the question of whether a hopeless citizenry could overcome their despair and band together to fight their oppressor felt like a metaphor, a general moral query about, you know, being a better person. After three long years, we have a very different understanding of the need for communities to come together to resist.

     

    We have always loved Tumacho for its invitation to virtuosic comic performance, and for the slyness of its critique. Now it feels like a joyful way to gird our loins for the coming fight. We’ve wanted to revisit the show since our first short run, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing that right now.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO!

  • WINTERWORKS 2020

    THANK YOU to everyone who attended Winterworks 2020!! We were delighted to introduce you to the work of our 19/20 Directing Fellows: ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA, EMMA MILLER and CAITLIN SULLIVAN, directing new plays by MILO CRAMER, T. ADAMSON, and GRACIE GARDNER.

    Read more about the directors and the program HERE – and apply to be a part of the 20/21 cohort HERE

  • Hear Vivian Barnes's new play HEAP on Fri, Nov 22nd at 2pm

    Vivian won our 2018 open-application commission with the proposal for this play – and we are excited to be working on and sharing it with you this week. RSVP to natalie@clubbedthumb.org to save a seat.

     

    HEAP by Vivian J.O. Barnes
    Directed by Colette Robert
    with April Matthis, Will Dagger, Danielle Davenport, Marielle Young, Polly Lee, Mikumari Caiyhe, Layla Khoshnoudi and Brian Quijada

    A kaleidoscopic imagining of the book of Job seen through the eyes of his nameless wife and the denizens of their suburban cul-de-sac.

  • This summer's hit LUNCH BUNCH returns in 2020!

    We are very excited to let you know that our production from Summerworks 2019 will return in 2020, as a co-production with our friends at The Play Company.

    Lunch Bunch was born of a long, rich collaboration with Sarah, Tara and its other artists. It is very close to our hearts–and one of the most popular shows ever featured in Summerworks. How excellent to partner with PlayCo, whose work we love: two small companies sharing their resources to continue a beloved show’s growth and reach. MORE INFO HERE

  • Join us for a workshop presentation of Paul Cameron Hardy's new play!

    This play was a finalist for our 2017 Biennial Commission and we’re excited to be working on it this week with Paul and Tara. Join us!

    Untitled Dentist Play by Paul Cameron Hardy
    directed by Tara Ahmadinejad
    featuring: Susanna Guzman, Ellen Maddow, Purva Bedi, Kristin Villanueva, Drita Kabashi, Ned Einsenberg and Agnes Borinsky.

    Forced to attend the retirement party of the town’s most-celebrated orthodontist, Dr. Idalia Navas and her staff spin into a mild existential crisis.

    Fri, Oct 25th, 3pm at 440 Lafayette St
    RSVP to natalie @ clubbedthumb.org

  • Meet the 19/20 EARLY CAREER WRITER'S GROUP and PRODUCING FELLOWS.

    We have a new team of playwrights and we are delighted to introduce you to them: Crystal Finn, Deneen Reynolds, Justice Hehir, Aaron Ricciardi, Julia Izumi, Kori Alston, May Treuhaft-Ali, and Ryan Szelong. 

    Nominated and mentored by members of our mid-career alumni community, these eight writers will meet over the course of the year to develop their work, culminating in presentations during Summerworks.

    Read more about the playwrights and the program HERE.

    And say hello to this year’s Producing Fellows: Kathy Ng and Natalie Risk.

    Each year, two early-career creative producers assist on all programming, as well as casting, script evaluation, management and marketing under the guidance/mentorship of Clubbed Thumb staff, culminating in hands-on roles in Summerworks.

SUMMERWORKS 2016

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

EVERY ANGEL IS BRUTAL

by Julia Jarcho
directed by Knud Adams

with Jiehae ParkSusannah PerkinsHubert Point-Du JourJenny SeastonPete Simpson and Amelia Workman

set by Marsha Ginsberg
costumes by Sydney Maresca
lights by Bradley King
sound by Peter Mills Weiss
fight choreography Michael G. Chin
production stage manager Sonja Thorson

If “you share my bottomless appetite for women kicking ass” then “hie thee to the first installment in the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival…it’s not just that Julia Jarcho is one of our more compelling playwrights; it’s that Angel mashes up all the action-lady tropes of pop culture…then imports the whole shebang into downtown experimental theater. That, naturally is where it gets really weird.”
– Helen ShawTime Out NY

May 27 – June 6, 2016

THE TOMB OF KING TOT

by Olivia Dufault
directed by Portia Krieger

with Brad BellamyNick ChoksiBianca CrudoCarmen M. Herlihy and Annie McNamara

set by Carolyn Mraz
costumes by Tilly Grimes
lights by Barbara Samuels
sound & original composition by Lee Kinney
production stage manager Corinn Moreno

This “sweet and spiky new tragicomedy” from Olivia Dufault is “strikingly bold and assured.” A “pitch-perfect” cast!
CRITICS’ PICK!!
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

June 11 – June 21, 2016

TUMACHO

a play with music by Ethan Lipton
directed by Leigh Silverman

with Bill BuellJohn Ellison ConleeRandy DansonGibson FrazierCelia Keenan-BolgerJennifer LimOmar MetwallyJeremy Shamos and Danny Wolohan

set by David Zinn
costumes by Anita Yavich
lights by Jennifer Schriever
music director Mike Brun
production stage manager Megan Schwarz Dickert

An “impeccably inane horse opera by Ethan Lipton, directed with cantering wit by Leigh Silverman…Tumacho is the platonic theatrical version of the artfully anarchic, shrewdly mindless comedies we wait for every summer to hit movie theaters, often in vain. In other words, there’s no need to hold out for the rebooted Ghostbusters for as long as Tumacho is in town.”
CRITICS’ PICK!! 
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

June 27 – July 9, 2016

Playwrights Horizons & Clubbed Thumb Present

MEN ON BOATS

by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Will Davis

With Jocelyn BiohHannah CabellDanielle Davenport,Danaya EsperanzaDonnetta Lavinia GraysBirgit HuppuchElizabeth KennyLayla 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 Erin Gioia Albrecht

July 20 – August 21
Opening night: Monday, August 1, 2016

Men On Boats was originally produced by Clubbed Thumb in Summerworks 2015.