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  • 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!

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