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 2018

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

Tickets $25 | Students: $20 | Festival Pass $60

TIN CAT SHOES

written by Trish Harnetiaux
directed by Knud Adams

With Kyle Beltran, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, David Greenspan, Emily Cass McDonnell and Pete Simpson

sets by Kimie Nishikawa
costumes by Sydney Maresca
lights by Oona Curley
sound by Peter Mills Weiss
production stage manager Corinn Moreno

Blessed with the can-do American spirit, a troop of dedicated shoe store workers embarks on a madcap odyssey of personal (employer-mandated) expansion.

May 19 – May 29, 2018

WILDER GONE

written by Angela Hanks
directed by Margot Bordelon

with Toni Ann DeNoble, Crystal Dickinson, Washington Kirk, Nicole Lewis, Christopher Livingston, Hubert Point-Du Jour and Markita Prescott

sets by Reid Thompson
costumes by Beth Goldenberg
lights by Marie Yokoyama
sound by Kate Marvin
production stage manager Rick V. Moreno

Mabel, Thalia and Peanut Brittle have ambitions (some of a spiritual nature), a few secrets, and some unfinished business. Whose vision, for the land uncultivated, will prevail?

June 4 – June 14, 2018

PLANO

written by Will Arbery
directed by Taylor Reynolds

with Brendan Dalton, Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood, Ryan King, Cesar J. Rosado, Mary Shultz and Miriam Silverman

sets by Daniel Zimmerman
costumes by Stephanie Levin
lights by Isabella Byrd
sound by Mark Van Hare
choreography by Kelly Bartnik
production stage manager Kristy Bodall

Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues. Let’s talk about family nightmares. I mean, uh, memories.

June 20 – June 30, 2018

The Bushwick Starr Presents:

Cute Activist
by Milo Cramer
directed by Morgan Green
produced by New Saloon, in association with Clubbed Thumb

with David Greenspan, Deepali Gupta, Annie Henk, Elizabeth Kenny, Ronald Peet and Madeline Wise.
Original Music Composition and Vocal Arrangement by Deepali Gupta

In a spoOoOoky town in mythical Connecticut where inequality reigns, a shadowy ring of part-time activists battle a baroque, tyrannical Landlorde.

Set Design by Meredith Ries; Costume Design by Sabrina Bianca Guillaume; Lighting Design by Cha See; Sound Design, Instrumental Arrangement and Orchestrations by John Gasper; Video Design by Stivo Arnoczy; Puppet Design by Amanda Villalobos; Prop Design by Cheyanne Williams; Lyrics by Milo Cramer; Producer for New Saloon: Caroline Gart; Stage Manager: Sam McCann; Production Manager: Russell Maclin; Technical Director: Drew Francis; Master Electrician: Megan Lang; Assistant Producer: Ryan Gedrich; ASM: Priscilla Villanueva

January 10 – February 3, 2018

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

Indeed, Friend!

by Eliza Bent
directed by Knud Adams

with Arjun Biju, Misha Brooks, Guillermo Contreras, Tori Khalil, Allegra Leal and Sangi Varsano

featuring April Matthis

set & props by Andrew Moerdyk
costumes by Avery Reed
lights by Abigail Wang
sound by Renee Yeong
stage manager Lauren Fitzgerald Veit
asst director Jack Serio

September 12 – 15, 2018
at The Robert Moss Theater, Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette Street, Third Floor