What's Happening!

  • ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT 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. Today (December 22, 2021) we are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater. CLICK HERE to read the prompt

  • MEET THE ARTISTS IN OUR 21/22 EARLY-CAREER INCUBATOR PROGRAMS

    We’re excited to be back in-person with two new cohorts of writers and directors – read about those groups HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for information about how to get to know their work. And we’re also thrilled to have a new Producing Fellow—Gabby Farrah—on our team. Welcome Gabby!

  • EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP READING SERIES

    We’re pleased to introduce you to the work of the 16 playwrights who made up the last two cohorts of our Early-Career Writers’ Group – all of whom chose to postpone their readings until we could safely gather in person.

    It’s a tightly-packed schedule of two plays per day, Tuesday through Friday, October 5th through 15th at the Wild Project. We are excited to finally get to celebrate these writers and hope you can join us – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

  • THE WOMAN'S PARTY IS NOW CLOSED

    Our three-part digital adaptation of Rinne B. Groff’s THE WOMAN’S PARTY, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad is now closed. Thank you to the many many artists who took part in making it, and to everyone who tuned in! It was a wild experiment, and we are very proud of the outcome.

  • OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY - ON SALE NOW

    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, is now available!

    In it you’ll find seven Clubbed Thumb plays that span 18 years of our history, as well as essays and interviews about the work, and the often atypical processes that led to their productions.

    Read more about the book and get your discounted copy (and our first anthology) 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

  • 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 HopkinsKate 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.

    Click here to learn more & donate to EV Loves NYC

    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!

  • 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.

CLUBBED THUMB EARLYCAREER WRITERS’ GROUP READING SERIES
October 5 – 15, 2021
at the Wild Project – 195 E 3rd St., between A and B

We’re pleased to introduce you to the work of the 16 playwrights who made up the last two cohorts of our Early-Career Writers’ Group – all of whom chose to postpone their readings until we could safely gather in person.

It’s a tightly-packed schedule of two plays per day, Tuesday through Friday, October 5th through 15th at the Wild Project. We are excited to finally get to celebrate these writers – if you’re an theater professional and would like to attend, email info@clubbedthumb.org!

WEEK ONE

Tue, October 5

12:30 pm 
WORK HARD HAVE FUN MAKE HISTORY by ruth tang
directed by Kedian Keohan


4:30 pm
ESCAPEGOAT by May Treuhaft-Ali
directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar
 

Wed, October 6

12:30 pm
A Case for Black Girls Setting Central Park on Fire by Kori Alston
directed by Abigail Jean-Baptiste

4:30 pm
Left Out by Hanna Novak
directed by Joan Sergay

Thu, October 7

12:30 pm
love is hard and absolutely (probably) worth it by Johnny Lloyd
directed by Colm Summers

4:30 pm
The Star Killers by Aaron Ricciardi
directed by Portia Krieger

Fri, October 8

12:30 pm
Three Ways of Looking At by Crystal Finn
directed by Anne Kauffman

4:30 pm
interra-bang by Ry Szelong
directed by Ryan Dobrin

WEEK TWO

Tue, October 12

12:30 pm 
Nothing Remained but Voice and Bones by Allyson Dwyer
directed by Jessi D. Hill

4:30 pm
Autorefract. by Cristina Luzárraga
directed by Will Steinberger

Wed, October 13

12:30 pm
bacon sausage veggie noodles by Kathy Ng
directed by Kat Yen

4:30 pm
Assuming Positive Intentions by Deneen Reynolds-Knott
directed by Taylor Reynolds

Thu, October 14

12:30 pm
all the other animals by Justice Hehir
directed by Joan Sergay
 

4:30 pm
When the Earth Moves, We Dance by Nelson Diaz-Marcano
directed by David Mendizábal
 

Fri, October 15

12:30 pm
Enmeshment written & directed by Nazareth Hassan
 

4:30 pm
Regretfully, So the Birds Are by Julia Izumi
directed by Aileen Wen McGroddy

Readings are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Everything runs  approximately 90 minutes or less.

All attendees must provide proof of vaccination and wear a mask at all times in the theater. For proof of vaccination, attendees may use either a CDC Vaccination Card or an Excelsior Pass, along with a photo ID.