THANKS FOR COMING TO INDEED, FRIEND!
Thank you to the many people who made it out to our workshop production of INDEED, FRIEND! by Eliza Bent, directed by Knud Adams, a co-production with Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Click HERE to check out some photos from the show
ANNOUNCING A NEW OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR
Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Read more and submit HERE
THE REST I MAKE UP RETURNS TO MOMA
Lovers of Maria Irene Fornes should check out Michelle Memran’s documentary on her life and work, The Rest I Make Up, running at MoMA August 23rd through 29th. Details HERE
ANNOUNCING THE 2018/2019 DIRECTING FELLOWS
We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger.
This fall they’ll develop plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner with student actors from Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and in January we’ll present those plays with professional casts at our fourth-annual WINTERWORKS.
Read more about the directors and the program HERE.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT A GREAT SUMMERWORKS
We are exceptionally proud of the work we put out over the last seven weeks. Thank you to the over 150 artists, staff and interns who made it happen, and to the over 3,300 people who came to see a show this summer.
We were also excited to introduce you to the plays of our early-career writers’ group throughout the festival, as well as the work of Chris Brown (Summerworks’s Master Electrician of many years) whose drawings of the East Village filled the lobby gallery. (Check out his work HERE and contact him to buy something!)
The 2017 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission goes to Angela Hanks and Gabrielle Reisman!
We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Biennial Commission – thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal! The panel elected to split the prize between Angela and Gabrielle, and to award three finalists–Gracie Gardner, Paul Cameron Hardy and Daniel Glenn–$1,000 and a workshop
An evening of new plays directed by our 2017-2018 Directing Fellows.
Sarah Hughes directing
A WALRUS IN THE BODY OF A CROCODILE
by MJ Kaufman
featuring Zoë Geltman, Fernando Gonzalez, Birgit Huppuch, Harmony Stempel and Courtney Williams
Lily Riopelle directing
TWENTY-FIVE TO WHITE
by Xavier Galva
featuring Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Erick Betancourt, Jason Bowen, Christin Eve Cato, Amelia Fowler and Robbie Tann
Taylor Reynolds directing
by Will Arbery
featuring Crystal Finn, Arielle Goldman, JJ Perez, Ryan King and Miriam Silverman
Seven Performances Only! Seating is extremely limited:
Wednesday January 17th at 7pm
Thursday January 18th at 7pm
Friday January 19th at 3pm and 7pm
Saturday January 20th at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday January 21st at 3pm
Runtime is approximately 2 and a half hours followed by drinks and snacks in the Clubbed Thumb office.
at Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003
Tickets are free but you must make a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
More about the program and the 2017/18 Fellows:
In partnership with Playwrights Horizons Theater School, The Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship is a five month new play directing intensive, under the mentorship of alumni artists Anne Kauffman and Ken Rus Schmoll.
Fellows work on new plays by Clubbed Thumb playwrights over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student performers. Then, they build on this work with workshop productions of the same plays with professional actors.
SARAH HUGHES directing A Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile by MJ Kaufman
Sarah is a director and producer of theater and new media. Recent: Real Talk / Kip Talk by Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center); The Object Lesson VR Short (NYTW) and Lincoln in the Bardo VR Short (The New York Times), both with Graham Sack; Afterward by McFeely Sam Goodman (Signature Theater / Columbia). With Elevator Repair Service, she assistant directed Gatz, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland. She’s worked with a wide range of artists and companies including Julia May Jonas / Nellie Tinder, Chris Tyler, Cara Scarmack, Paul Cameron Hardy, Half Straddle, Pablo Helguera, Vox Theater, The Office for Creative Research, and Superhero Clubhouse, among others. She is Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2016-17 Civilians R&D Group member, and co-teaches a class on Contemporary Theater at Dartmouth College. www.sarahcameronhughes.com
TAYLOR REYNOLDS directing Plano by Will Arbery
Taylor is a New York-based theatre artist from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based company dedicated to developing and producing new works by artists of color. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Ally Theatre Company, The Atlantic Acting School, Single Carrot Theatre, NY Madness, JAG Productions, The United Solo Festival, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), Kids on Bikes by Nicole Daniels, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About by Gina Femia, An Informal Presentation…(Or, BURN) by Pascale Smith, FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan, Accidental Burlesque by Gina Femia (developed through the Audrey Residency at New Georges), People Will Talk About You Sometimes by Sarah Matusek. She is a member of Habitat Theatre’s Directors Playground and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a New Georges affiliated artist. BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. iamtaylorreynolds.com
LILY RIOPELLE directing Twenty-Five to White by Xavier Galva
Lily is a director who works on new plays, musicals, and adaptations of classics. Recent directing: Lysistrata, Don’t make yourself crazy, Electra (Two Headed Rep); short plays and readings/workshops at Williamstown, EST/Youngblood, The Flea, and The Tank. Recent assisting: Assassins (Encores! Off-Center); And No More Shall We Part (Williamstown). Upcoming projects include Amanda Keating’s this movie at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and Lizzie Stern’s Let’s get ready together at The Tank. Lily is an alumna of the National Theatre Institute and of Williams College. She is a co-artistic director of Two Headed Rep (twoheadedrep.com), a company that commissions emerging playwrights to create new plays in response to classics and produces the old and new plays in rep. lilyriopelle.com
CAITLIN RYAN O’CONNELL, CHRISTINA ROUSSOS and LA WILLIAMS
SANAZ GHAJARRAHIMI, LILLIAN MEREDITH, JAY STULL and KATE HOPKINS