OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY - ON SALE MAY 21ST
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, will be available next week!
In it you’ll find seven Clubbed Thumb plays that span 19 years of our history, as well as essays and interviews about the work, and the often atypical processes that led to their productions.
To celebrate its release, the Clubbed Thumb staff will be at the Wild Project on Friday, May 21st from 12 to 7pm, selling super-discounted copies (only $25!) — but you don’t need to buy a book to come by and say hello! We miss seeing you and would love to catch up.
Read more about the book HERE
THE WOMAN'S PARTY IS A NY TIMES CRITIC'S PICK!
Jesse Green writes: “With wit, a light hand, and even occasional raggedness…The Woman’s Party is bracing political theater.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW
YOU'RE INVITED TO THE WOMAN'S PARTY
Originally scheduled for Summerworks 2020, The Woman’s Party by Rinne B. Groff has been adapted into a three-party video series directed by Tara Ahmadinejad. Episode One is available now – it’s free to watch, but registration is required – CLICK HERE TO WATCH
ANNOUNCING WINTERWORKS 2021: NEW BEGINNINGS
We’ve spent the last four months in conversation with the eight Directing Fellows, discussing craft, process and our industry (among other things). We are thrilled to now introduce you to their work, as they present short performances, each taking different shapes and experienced on different platforms, but working from the same set of prompts.
Some projects will be open to all, and some will be experienced by very few audience members – and everything is free to attend. We hope you’ll be intrigued to join us for one or many. We’ll roll out updates regularly – so stay tuned! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
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 Hopkins, Kate 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.
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!
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.
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.