What's Happening!

  • MEET THE CASTS AND DESIGN TEAMS FOR SUMMERWORKS 2022

    Tickets are on sale now for The 25th Summerworks – running May 20th through July 2nd at the Wild Project. We’re thrilled to announce initial casting and design teams for these three plays – READ MORE AND GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

  • APPLY FOR CLUBBED THUMB'S NEW PLAY DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP

    Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 cohort of Clubbed Thumb’s New Play Directing Fellowship. Directors who have at least 3 years of experience outside of an academic environment, will not be in grad school in the coming year and plan to be in NYC September 2022 through January 2023 are welcome to apply now through May 1st. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

  • THE 25th SUMMERWORKS

    Oh Summerworks, how we’ve missed you! With your idiosyncratic, fast, funny plays. On a warm summer evening with the garage door rolled up and a cold drink in hand – what could be better? We’re thrilled to be back at the Wild Project, May 20 – July 2, with three new plays we love. Please join us – we miss you too! CLICK FOR INFO & TICKETS

  • A SONG OF SONGS

    We are delighted to support this new work from Agnes Borinsky (playwright of Summerworks 2017’s Of Government), and directed by Machel Ross (who interned for us many years ago)! A Song of Songs is produced by The Bushwick Starr and Jeremy O. Harris, in partnership with El Puente. Performances May 10 – 27: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO

  • WINTERWORKS 2022: MEET THE DIRECTORS

    Clubbed Thumb’s Directing Fellowship just concluded, with our seventh-annual Winterworks! Through planning, a great deal of testing, enormous goodwill from the company of artists – and perhaps a shake of luck – we managed to do the whole program in person, and are so glad we did.

    Since attendance capacity (and our ability to see each others’ faces) was very limited this year, we put together a short video chat with the directors and mentor / program co-founder Anne Kauffman. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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!

SPRINGWORKS 2003

Design Your Kitchen

by Kate E. Ryan
directed by Robert Davenport

With Jeremy Alan Richards, Annie McNamara, Vin Knight, Gail Dennison, Abigail Lopez, Lawrence Jansen, Natasha Price, Harrison Hogan, Deron Bos and Tricia McAlpin

Sets by Andrew Cavanaugh Holland
Costumes by Liam O’Brien
Lights by Les Dickert
Sound by Michael Newman

Design Your Kitchen weaves together the narratives of an adolescent aspiring Henny Youngman, a romantically doomed Italian-American couple, and the slacker employees of a dubious government agency, culminating in a search for fulfillment at a kitchen remodeling expo.

April 14 – 17, 2003

Somewhere Someplace Else

by Ann Marie Healy
directed by Annie Dorsen

With Mara Stephens, Laura Heisler, Ryan Shogren, Andrew Weems and Todd Cerveris

Sets by David Korins
Costumes by Junghyun Georgia Lee
Lights by Ben Stanton
Sound by Fitz Patton

A married mid-western woman comes to visit her sister in New York City, in the Smallest Apartment in the World. And stays. And stays. Ronnie, Jeanine, and the people who pass through their lives search the big city for pockets of hope, a glimpse of purpose, and a little privacy.

April 11 – May 3, 2003

Late: A Cowboy Song

by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Debbie Saivetz

With Carla Harting, Addie Johnson and Mather Zickel

Sets by Andromache Chalfant
Costumes by Eric Hall
Lights by Steve O’Shea
Sound by Bray Poor
Music by Michael Escamilla

Mary finds respite from the endless series of holidays with her broke husband by drinking soup at the local Chinese restaurant with Red, a high school girlfriend who has become a Pittsburgh cowboy.

April 21 – 24, 2003

The Typographer’s Dream

by Adam Bock
directed by Drew Barr

With Kate Hampton, Meg MacCary and Dan Snook
Sets by David Morris
Costumes by Kim Gill
Lights by Juliet Chia

In which a typographer, a stenographer and a geographer

obsess about their professions, their identities, and Canada

over dinner and several bottles of wine.

February 1 – 23, 2003