What's Happening!

  • THANKS FOR COMING TO INDEED, FRIEND!

    Thank you to the many people who made it out to our workshop production of INDEED, FRIEND! by Eliza Bent, directed by Knud Adams, a co-production with Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Click HERE to check out some photos from the show

  • ANNOUNCING A NEW OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

    Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Read more and submit HERE

  • THE REST I MAKE UP RETURNS TO MOMA

    Lovers of Maria Irene Fornes should check out Michelle Memran’s documentary on her life and work, The Rest I Make Up, running at MoMA August 23rd through 29th. Details HERE

  • ANNOUNCING THE 2018/2019 DIRECTING FELLOWS

    We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. 

    This fall they’ll develop plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner with student actors from Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and in January we’ll present those plays with professional casts at our fourth-annual WINTERWORKS.

    Read more about the directors and the program HERE.

  • THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT A GREAT SUMMERWORKS

    We are exceptionally proud of the work we put out over the last seven weeks. Thank you to the over 150 artists, staff and interns who made it happen, and to the over 3,300 people who came to see a show this summer.

    We were also excited to introduce you to the plays of our early-career writers’ group throughout the festival, as well as the work of Chris Brown (Summerworks’s Master Electrician of many years) whose drawings of the East Village filled the lobby gallery. (Check out his work HERE and contact him to buy something!)

  • The 2017 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission goes to Angela Hanks and Gabrielle Reisman!

    We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Biennial Commission – thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal! The panel elected to split the prize between Angela and Gabrielle, and to award three finalists–Gracie Gardner, Paul Cameron Hardy and Daniel Glenn–$1,000 and a workshop

SUMMERWORKS 2006

I Have Loved Strangers

In which true prophets, false prophets, and non-prophets battle for the salvation of ancient New York.

by Anne Washburn
directed by Johanna McKeon

With Jeff Biehl, Elliotte Crowell, Laura Flanagan, Jennifer R. Morris, James Stanley, Jay Smith, T. Ryder Smith
Sets by Michael Carnahan
Costumes by Carol Ann Pelletier
Lights by Driscoll Otto
Sound by Emily Wright
Choreography by Karinne Keithley

June 4 – 10, 2006

Alice the Magnet

In which an influential self-improvement guru suddenly finds herself the one who needs help.

by Erin Courtney
directed by Pam MacKinnon

With Cohlie Brocato, Maria Dizzia, Sheri Graubert, Quentin Maré
Sets by Sue Rees
Costumes by Kirche Leigh Zeile
Lights by Dans Maree Sheehan
Sound by Jeremy J. Lee

June 11 – 17, 2006

Quail

In which a paranoid paralegal negotiates loss, cigarette smoke, and sex in the supply closet.

by Rachel Hoeffel
directed by Kip Fagan

With Gerry Bamman, Zuleyma Guevara, Elizabeth Meriwether, Benjamin Pelteson, Everett Quinton
Sets by David Evans Morris
Costumes by Jessica Pabst
Lights by Garin Marschall
Original Music/Sound Design by Eric Shim

June 18 – 24, 2006

Take 5

clubbed thumb theater summer works 2006

We ring in the festival on Wednesday, May 31st at 8pm with TAKE 5, featuring 16 five-minute playlets based on the last half-decade.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 8pm
These past five years have included more change than most, but in the shadow of all the Time Magazine-sized events are equally interesting stories, from the papers as well as from our own lives. People lose all their hair, paper fortunes are lost, waves of diet programs sweep the nation, seemingly ubiquitous celebrities disappear from view, extreme weather cycles shift. Come to the Ohio by 8pm on the 31st for this special (and we mean that in a slightly mysterious way) presentation, and help us usher in our 11th festival of new work.

Featuring the works of David Adjmi, Scott Adkins, Deron Bos, Andy Bragen, Kirsten Greenidge, Jason Grote, Kristin Kosmas, Julie Marie Myatt, Kristen Palmer, Molly Rice, Sonya Sobieski, Adam Szymkowicz, Alison Tatlock, Chris Wells, Gary Winter, and Anna Ziegler.

Direction by Scott Adkins, Sarah Benson, Samuel Buggeln, Mallory Catlett, Shana Gold, Maria Goyanes, Josh Hecht, Kristin Kosmas, Lou Morena, Brooke O’Harra, Katie Pearl, Mike Shapiro, Sarah Sunde, Chris Wells, Miriam Weiner, and Paul Willis.

What Then

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

by Rinne Groff
directed by Hal Brooks

With Andrew Dolan, Meg MacCary, Piter Marek, Merritt Wever
Sets by Jo Winiarski
Costumes by Kirche Leigh Zeile
Lights by Kirk Bookman
Sound by Jill BC DuBoff

January 7 – 28, 2006