What's Happening!

  • PLANO RETURNS FOR FIVE WEEKS, STARTING APRIL 8TH

    We’re thrilled to announce that our hit production from Summerworks 2018 is returning for a five-week run at the Connelly Theater, right around the corner from the Wild Project. Tickets on sale now HERE

  • SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL CLUBBED THUMB GALA: Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    CHANGING THE STORY: Honoring Heidi Schreck, Jaclyn Backhaus and Sarah DeLappe, and celebrating their feminist disruption of the American Theater. More details to come

  • WINTERWORKS 2019 HAS COME TO AN END

    Thank you to the 35 artists and nearly 400 audience members who supported the work of our18/19 Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. It was a great six months with these directors, and we look forward to a long relationship with each of them. Read more about them, and the program, HERE

  • CLUBBED THUMB IS GOING TO BROADWAY

    We’re thrilled to announce that our much beloved production from Summerworks 2017 is headed to The Helen Hayes Theater for a limited run. It’s the first time that Clubbed Thumb will be above-the-title on a Broadway show, so we hope you’ll join us for it! Tickets and info HERE

  • Playwright Vivian Barnes has been awarded our 2018 open-application commission!

    We just met Vivian at our holiday party, and didn’t think we had read her work—-or were about to give her $10,000! We look forward to getting to know her and working together over the next few years.

     

    The panel–which included Jaclyn Backhaus, Migdalia Cruz, April Matthis, and CT’s Michael Bulger and Maria Striar–read 140 anonymous proposals, selecting Vivian’s for the grand prize, and awarding five finalists $1,000 each: Kori AlstonPhillip HowzeDeneen Reynolds-KnottRuth Tang and Andrea Thome.

     

    12 semi-finalists were also named: John J Caswell, Jr., Preston Choi, Daniella De Jesus, Noah Diaz, Georgina Escobar, Deepali Gupta, Kristine Haruna Lee, Daniel K. Isaac, Julia Izumi, Garrett Kim, Johnny Lloyd and Maia Matsushita. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who applied!

     

    Vivian is only one of the over 40 playwrights we’ll be supporting in 2019 with residencies, retreats, commissions, workshops, writers’ groups and of course, productions.

     

    HELP US HELP THEM WITH A DONATION NOW.

  • THIS WEEK WE'RE WORKSHOPPING TWO COMMISSIONS

    We’re delighted to have nearly 20 artists in the building this week working on two of our current commissions. We’ll have a presentation of each, but seating is very limited – let us know if you can join and we’ll send along the info

    The Woman’s Party by Rinne Groff, directed by GT Upchurch — Friday, Dec 7th at 1:00pm.  and Spindle Shuttle Needle by Gab Reisman, directed by Tamilla Woodard — Saturday, Dec 8th at 3:30pmRSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org

  • CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH CLUBBED THUMB

    Join us as we celebrate all we’ve done in 2018! There’ll be a big pot of gløgg, dancing around the tree, our signature strange and unusual traditions — and who knows, YOU might be the Troll King this year. It’s free – but do RSVP so we know how large of a marzipan pig to make

  • SUPERLAB RETURNS

    We’re back in Superlab this week, working on We Are Radios, by Chana Porter, with composer Ted Hearne, directed by Adam Greenfield and featuring Bill Buell, Tomás Cruz, Gregg Mozgala, Alex Flores, Kristine Haruna Lee and Annette O’Toole. Join us on Friday, Oct 12th at 3pm to hear the play —
    RSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org

  • QUINN CORBIN JOINS THE CLUBBED THUMB STAFF AS ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR

    We first met Quinn many years ago, when she was working as a literary agent for Gersh; in fact it was she who sent us a play by and urged us to meet with a talented young playwright named Jaclyn Backhaus. Since then, Quinn has been building her skills with fundraising and events, as well as reading plays and adjudicating awards for institutions across the country–and so comes to us with the perfect mix of experiences we were looking for. She’s great, we’re lucky to have her on our team, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her at an upcoming event.

  • MEET THE 2018/2019 EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP

    We’re excited to introduce you to (and get to know ourselves) eight writers, nominated by our mid-career alumni community, who will meet over the coming season – culminating in presentations of their work during Summerworks. They are: Alexander Paris, April Ranger, Emma Goidel, Lily Akerman, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi, T. Adamson and Zhu Yi – learn more about them HERE

SUMMERWORKS 2007

Greedy

by Karl Gajdusek
directed by Drew Barr

With Jeff Biehl, Dennis Fox, Meghan Love, Kelly McAndrew, Lisa Velten Smith

Sets by Mimi Lien
Costumes by Elizabeth R. Payne
Lights by Justin Townsend
Sound by Bart Fasbender
Fight Choreography by Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum

Paul, thinking he can handle it, goes and answers a mysterious email with a titillating offer. Is it a scam or a golden opportunity? Greedy is about how, in the wake of this plea for money, five people struggle with their greed, hope, desire, and integrity.

June 3 – 9, 2007

Amazons and Their Men

by Jordan Harrison
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Satya Bhabha, Heidi Schreck, Brian Sgambati, Rebecca Wisocky

Sets by Sue Rees
Costumes by Kirche Leigh Zeile
Lights by Garin Marschall
Sound by Leah Gelpe

The Frau used to make beautiful films for a fascist government. Now she’s trying to direct a film that’s simply beautiful.

June 10 – 16, 2007

One Thing I Like To Say Is

by Amy Fox
directed by Paul Willis

With Polly Lee, Daniel Manley, Christian Rummel, Amy Staats

Sets by Efren Delgadillo
Costumes by Carrmen Wrenn
Lights by Paul Hudson
Sound by Sarah Ibrahim

Lina may have had a brother, may have had a Scottish butler, and may have had a lot more family than she likes to acknowledge. But the stories we tell ourselves can be more powerful than the ones we are forced to play out.

June 17 – 23, 2007

A Pageant of the 50 States (and more)

(The Summerworks 2017 opening night extravaganza)

Plays by Scott Adkins, Eliza Anderson, Mallery Avidon, Sherrine Azab, Mark Barton, Sarah Bishop-Stone, Valerie Manahan Blackmoor, Andy Bragen, Timothy Braun, Mark Charney, Bronwyn Clark, Bill Coelius, Jeannine Coulombe, Jimmy Davis, Kip Fagan, Homer Frizell, Sheri Graubert, Sarah Hammond, Lars Hanson, Michael Henry Harris, Ian Helfer, David Hilder, Jakob Holder, J. Holtham, Jake Hooker, Laura Jacqmin, Dan LeFranc, Michael Levinton, Mark Leydorf, Jason Sinclair Long, Darren Lougee, Meghan Love, Daniel McCoy, Brighde Mullins, Kristin Palmer, Katie Pearl, Julia Pearlstein, Jason Pizzarello, Jason Platt, Michael Ramirez, Doug Rand, Molly Rice, Kate E. Ryan, Eric Shanower, Deborah Chava Singer, Sonya Sobieski, Alison Tatlock, Diane Isis Thurber, Joe Waetcher, Sheri Wilner, Kyle T. Wilson, Travis York, Anna Ziegler

Directed by Ali Ayala, Sherrine Azab, Jessica Bauman, Stephen Brackett, Rachel Chavkin, Tim Farrell, Michael Levinton, Pam MacKinnon, Alice Reagan, Jose Zayas

With Jeanine Abraham, Ashley Baker, Ethan Baum, Satya Bhabha, Zack Calhoon, Tonya Canada, Henry Caplan, Joseph Carusone, Todd Cerveris, Chris Corporandy, Elliotte Crowell, Noah Diamond, Stephanie DiMaggio, Barrett Doss, Liz Eckert, Courtney Ellis, Siho Ellsmore, Susan Ferrara, Anne Fidler, Maggie Fine, Robert Fuller, Rene Ashli Fulton, Sheri Graubert, Blake Hackler, Mel Haley, Sara Hayon, Marielle Heller, Brian Houtz, Birgit Huppuch, Sadrina Johnson, Keira Kelley, Han Nah Kim, Brandon Kruhm, Alan Lason, Jodi Lin, Austin Lysy, Sean Mahoney, David Marcus, Anna Marshall, Ryan McCarthy, Meg Mclynn, Caitlin Miller, Susannah Millonzi, Nell Mooney, Alfredo Narciso, Mary Neufeld, Elaine O’Brian, Jonathan Pereira, Janet Prince, Joy Radish, Joseph Raik, Ray Rizzo, Hugh Sinclair, Amanda Sisk, Lucy Kendrick Smith, Molly Smith, Georgia Southern, Bjorn Thorstad, Ian Unterman, Stephanie Weeks, Matt Wise, Mather Zickel

A bizarre, funny and oddly moving anthem of place, space, and identity in America, PAGEANT consists of 59 one-minute playlettes representing every state and territory in the US of A. Performances are installed through-out the Ohio Theatre beginning at 8 PM and will only last for about an hour – feel free to grab a drink and wander around as there’s much to see. Party to follow.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 8pm

365 Days/365 Plays, Week 10

by Suzan-Lori Parks
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

Costumes by Meghan Healy
Lights by David Ro
Sound by Leah Gelpe

Clubbed Thumb presented week 10 of 365 Days/Plays as a “lost happening” somewhere in the wilds of the city.

January 15-17, 2007

Empty (15th)
1ST SPEAKER: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
2ND SPEAKER: Sam Breslin Wright

Out To Sea (16th)
WOMAN: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
MAN: Sam Breslin Wright
PLAYERS: Craig Edwards, Yetta Gottesman, Nicole Howard, Charly Simpson, Andrew Zimmerman

A Fast Car Goes Fast (17th)
HONEY: Yetta Gottesman
SONNY: Craig Edwards
DRIVER: Nicole Howard

Outtakes (18th)
SPEAKER: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
EDITOR: Stacey Yen
OUTTAKES: Ashley Samona Baker, Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, April Evans, Elaine Evans, Rachel Evans, Nicole Howard, Carrie James, Amy Kersten, Ben Masur, Jessica McVea, Nina Mozes, David Myers, Aja Nisenson, Hubert Point Du Jour, Charly Simpson, Erika Villalba, Andrew Zimmerman

1-2-3 (19th)
1: Craig Edwards
2: Yetta Gottesman

Wings (20th)
1: Ashley Samona Baker
2: David Myers
3: Hubert Point Du Jour

Chicken Wings (21st)
DAD: Craig Edwards
SON: Hubert Point Du Jour

Action In Inaction (2nd Constant)
SOMEONE: Quincy Tyler Bernstine