What's Happening!

  • 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

  • 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 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!

  • 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.

SUMMERWORKS 2004

Of a White Christmas

by Rinne Groff
directed by Trip Cullman

With Derek Lucci, Meg MacCary, Ken Marks, Susan Pourfar

Sets by Robin Vest
Costumes by Alejo Vietti
Lights by Paul Whitaker
Composer Joe Popp
Sound/Additional Music by Fitz Patton

In which a woman becomes an architect and builds a dream house, but only in her dreams.

June 6 – 12, 2004

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

by Sheila Callaghan
directed by Katie Pearl

With David Brooks, Flora Diaz, Effie Johnson, Anne McNamara, Michael Stumm
Sets by Andrew Cavanaugh Holland

Costumes by Jessica Gaffney
Lights by Garin Marschall
Composer/Sound by Sxip Shirey

In which a young girl asks for seven Very Strange Objects for Christmas, and her perpetually perplexed mother complies.

June 13 – 19, 2004

Those Who Can, Do

by Brighde Mullins
directed by Maria Mileaf

With Brienin Bryant, Patricia Buckley, Pamela Gray, Irene McDonnell, Maria Striar 
Sets by Timothy R. Mackabee

Costumes by Trillian
Lights by Josh Epstein
Sound by Jeremy J. Lee

In which an idealistic young woman embarks on a hilarious and sinister journey into the perils of the American education system.

June 20 – 26, 2004

Demon Baby

by Erin Courtney
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Glenn Fleshler, Gibson Frazier, Nina Hellman, Leo Kittay, Polly Lee, Patrick McNulty, Heidi Schreck, Mark Shanahan

Sets by David Evans Morris
Costumes by Kirche Leigh Zeile
Lights by Garin Marschall
Sound by Michael Newman

In Demon Baby, an American couple, Art and Wren, move to London for his work. While he’s away she is spurred to extreme and peculiar behavior by her Anxiety — which shows up, sits on her chest, and gives devilish advice.

January 9 – 31, 2004