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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
THE CLUBBED THUMB BIENNIAL COMMISSION
This summer, we received a record 277 proposals for the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, the theme for which was Bocaccio’s Decameron. As always, we convene a panel of artists to evaluate the proposals, and the proposals are anonymous; the identities unveiled only once the decisions have been made.
Last weekend, the panel – designers Kimie Nishikawa & Isabella Byrd, playwright Sigrid Gilmer, playwright/director Chay Yew, actor/playwright Eboni Booth, and dramaturg/theater scholar Brian Herrera, along with Clubbed Thumb’s Maria Striar & Michael Bulger – met to discuss the submissions. We’re proud to announce their determination:
WINNERS – $7,500 each, plus 2 years of development support
“The Known” by Francesca Pazniokas
“The Dinosaurs” by Jacob Perkins
FINALISTS – $1,000 each, plus a workshop
“100 Mysteries of [REDACTED] Community College” by Preston Choi
“Big Black Sunhats” by Mallory Weiss
SEMIFINALISTS – $250 each
“Breathers” by Katie Bender
“Divers Virgins Play” by Crystal Finn
“Grog Girls” by Mary Hamilton
“Oh, Sweetheart” by Renae Jarrett
“Butch, Please” by MJ Kaufman
“La Carreta by René Marqués” by Omar Vélez Meléndez
“Wet Sock on a Sore Foot” by Sam Myers
“This is What You Shall Do” by Jay Stull
The panel requested that this year, if possible, we offer some form of financial award to every recognized proposal. We were delighted to do this, making it the largest amount to the most playwrights in the commission’s history.
We look forward to the development of these scripts and to getting to know their authors, as well as getting to know the writers who submitted but did not make this list.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
CLICK HERE to read commission prompts from past years.