What's Happening!

  • Clubbed Thumb & Brown University Virtual Reading Series, December 7th and 9th

    We’re proud to partner with Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program this fall to bring you readings of two recent graduates’ plays:

    On the Y-Axis by Lucas Baisch, directed by Josiah Davis
    The Executrix by Emma Horwitz, directed by Sarah Blush

    December 7th and 9th at 4pm and 7pm EST – RSVP HERE

  • We are pleased to announce the 2020/21 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellows

    We struggled mightily to recalibrate this program in light of the many forces the last 7 months have brought to bear. This year’s iteration will take a very different shape than in years past, and we’re delighted to go on this journey of discovery with an expanded group of eight fellows: Leonie Bell, Nana Dakin, Michaela Escarcega, Estefanía Fadul, Rachel Gita Karp, Arpita Mukherjee, Keenan Oliphant and Joan Sergay and four mentors: Anne Kauffman, Daniel Aukin, Niegel Smith and Laurie Woolery. Read more about them HERE

  • Congratulations to the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission winners, finalists and semifinalists

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Biennial Commission: Francesca Pazniokas and Jacob Perkins and to the 10 finalists and semifinalists also awarded this year. Read more HERE

  • What the Constitution Means to Me streaming on Amazon Prime, starting October 16th

    Though the national tour is on hold, you can still catch Heidi Schreck’s beloved play (which originated in Summerworks 2017) before the election.

    Filmed during their last week on Broadway, and directed for the screen by Marielle Heller, What the Constitution Means to Me will stream on Amazon Prime beginning October 16th.

  • Meet the next Early-Career Writers' Group

    We’re excited to get to know these eight writers over the course of the coming year, and to welcome them into the Clubbed Thumb fold: Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Allyson Dwyer, Nazareth Hassan, Johnny Lloyd, Cristina Luzárraga, Kathy Ng, Hanna Novak & Ruth Tang.

    They’ll be sharing their work (by Zoom for now) over the next eight months (and we hope to share it with you after that). Learn more about them HERE.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

SUMMERWORKS 2019
May 17 – June 28
at the Wild Project – 195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenue A and B

CRITIC’S PICK! If you know Clubbed Thumb — and you should, because the company has more than 20 years of gutsy new play development under its belt — you’ll recognize this as a very Clubbed Thumb show: idiosyncratic, nonrealistic, gently experimental with a
Downtown’s greatest hits compilation of a cast. -Alexis Soloski, New York Times



LUNCH BUNCH

written by Sarah Einspanier
directed by Tara Ahmadinejad

With Eliza Bent, Ugo Chukwu, Irene Sofia Lucio, Keilly McQuail, Nana Mensah, Jon Norman Schneider, Mike Shapiro and Julia Sirna-Frest

sets by Jean Kim
costumes by Alice Tavener
lights by Oona Curley
sound by Ben Vigus
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Alex Williamson

Seven public defenders on a quest for crumbs of joy.

May 17 – May 28, 2019

This “witty, smart production brings out the absurdity, the poignancy, and the cruelty in Zhu Yi’s rich script . . . and also, there are sheep.” – Loren Noveck, Exeunt



YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT

written by Zhu Yi
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Holly Chou, John D. Haggerty, Daniel K. Isaac, Kenneth Lee, Jennifer Lim, and Julyana Soelistyo

sets by Andrew Moerdyk
costumes by Heather McDevitt Barton
lights by Jiyoun Chang
sound by Brendan Aanes
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Melanie Aponte

The Lis, the Zhaos, the ghosts and the animals engage in a land feud.

June 3 – June 13, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK! One of this season’s tastier diversions. As a distant mirror to contemporary stasis, it may be too familiar for comfort. Still, in this prickly summer of American discontent, there’s sweet relief in being allowed to giggle contentedly at a shrewd, silly evocation of the kind of legislative gridlock that usually has us biting our nails and fearing for our future.
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

KING PHILIP’S HEAD IS STILL ON THAT PIKE JUST DOWN THE ROAD

written by Daniel Glenn
directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell

With Rachel Christopher, Crystal Finn, Jennifer Ikeda, Elizabeth Kenny, Mary Lou Rosato, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Kristin Villanueva and Sam Breslin Wright

sets by Carolyn Mraz
costumes by Melissa Ng
lights by Amith Chandrashaker
sound by Emily Auciello
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Kristy Bodall

The councilmen of Plymouth Colony determine how to be Good in the New World.

June 19 – June 29, 2019

A return of Summerworks 2018’s hit production

PLANO

written by Will Arbery
directed by Taylor Reynolds

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

sets by Daniel Zimmerman
costumes by Stephanie Levin
lights by Isabella Byrd
sound by Tyler Kieffer
choreography by Kelly Bartnik
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Corinn Moreno

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.


April 8 – May 11, 2019
at the Connelly Theater, 220 E 4th Street between A and B