What's Happening!

  • EXTENDING OUR COMMISSION DEADLINE

    We know that many peoples’ attentions are understandably focused on other goals right now, and so are delaying the submission deadline for our Biennial Commission until July 5th.

    We are eager to award the commissions and get money in artists’ pockets as soon as possible, so we don’t want to delay any further than that, since the panel process can be time-consuming. If anyone finds that they would like to participate but cannot in this timeframe, please let us know and we will figure out what is possible. Read the prompt and submit 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

  • 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.

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

Keilly McQuail, photo by Elke Young
Ugo Chukwu and Jon Norman Schneider, photo by Elke Young
Nana Mensah and Ugo Chukwu, photo by Elke Young
The cast of Lunch Bunch, photo by Elke Young
Nana Mensah, Keilly McQuail and Irene Sofia Lucio, photo by Elke Young
Jon Norman Schneider and Ugo Chukwu, photo by Elke Young