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 2008

Gentleman Caller

by Ann Marie Healy
directed by Brooke O’Harra

With Hannah Cabell, Beth Hoyt, Meg MacCary, and Hubert Point-Du Jour

Production Design by Peter Ksander
Costumes by Tara Webb
Sound by Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg

In which that damn war just keeps going on and on, and three scrappy gals sit and wait and wonder: When will he call?

June 8 – 14, 2008

Vendetta Chrome

by Sylvan Oswald
directed by Alexis Poledouris

With Jeanine Serralles, Tracee Chimo, Lisa Rafaela Clair, Rebecca Hart, Caroline Tamas, Ariana Venturi, Sam Breslin Wright, Jenny Seastone Stern, Ginger Eckert

Sets by Jason Simms
Costumes by Jessica Pabst
Lights by Gina Scherr
Sound by Joe Varca
Choreography by Tracy Bersley

In which Vendetta, a late bloomer at a Victorian girls’ school, must save her friends and her family from a legacy of trouble — and it’s all in the dance moves.

June 15 – 21, 2008

Slavey

by Sigrid Gilmer
directed by Robert O’Hara

With Spencer Scott Barros, Glenn Cruz, Amanda Duarte, Tim Frank, Hasani Issa, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Edward Nattenberg, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Gita Reddy, Paco Tolson

Sets by Caleb Levengood
Costumes by Clint Ramos
Lights by Raquel Davis
Sound by Daniel Odham

In which Robert and Nora, a couple on the rise, get a big promotion, a bigger house, and a brand new slave.

June 22 – 28, 2008

The Constitutional Convention

(Summerworks 2008 opening event)

Featuring proposals by Stephen Brackett and Rachel ShukertKip FaganMichael Levinton and Mallery AvidonPam MacKinnon and Bruce NorrisKJ Sanchez and Lanthrop Walker, and Anne Washburn and Gordon Dahlquist

In which teams of artists will propose missing legislation YOU will have the chance to vote in…or veto…

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 at 8pm
The Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster St between Spring and Broome

Amazons and Their Men

by Jordan Harrison
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Gio Perez, Heidi Schreck, Brian Sgambati, and Rebecca Wisocky

Sets by Sue Rees
Lights by Garin Marschall
Costumes by Kirche Leigh Zeile
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. The Frau casts herself in the lead role of the Amazon queen Penthesilea, who falls for Achilles on the battlefield of the Trojan War. But when her actors start disappearing, it becomes difficult for the Frau to ignore the real war outside her soundstage. Inspired by the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl.

January 5 – 26, 2008
Previews January 3 and 4