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 2013

BABY SCREAMS MIRACLE

by Clare Barron
directed by Portia Krieger

With Danny Wolohan, Danielle Skraastad, Ismenia Mendes, Susannah Flood and Caitlin O’Connell

set design by Daniel Zimmerman
costume design by Sarah Laux
lighting design by Derek Wright
sound design by Brandon Wolcott
project design by Bart Cortright
stage manager Lisa McGinn
assistant costumer designer Sarah Gosnell

In which a freak storm knocks down all the trees in town and a prodigal daughter is taught a new way to pray. But the weird weather’s not over yet.

“FRAGILE, COMPLEX PIECE OF WORK…EXQUISITELY RENDERED… RUTHLESSLY CLEVER”
– Time Out New York, Baby Screams Miracle

May 24 – June 2, 2012

PHOEBE IN WINTER

by Jen Silverman
directed by Mike Donahue

featuring Gerry Bamman, Christopher Ryan Grant, Bobby Moreno, Chris Myers, Chinasa Ogbuagu and Jeanine Serralles

set designer Jason Simms
costumer designer Kaye Voyce
lighting designer Burke Brown
sound designer Stowe Nelson
fight direction J. Allen Suddeth
stage manager Devorah Jaffe
assistant costume designer Sarah Gosnell

In which the Creedy brothers trickle home from the war but knock knock! There’s someone at the door looking for payback and your place at the table.

June 7 – 16, 2013

LA BREA

by Gregory S. Moss
directed by Adam Greenfield

featuring David Wilson Barnes, Bill Buell, Crystal Finn, Rebecca Henderson and Gabe King

set design by David Evans Morris
costume design by Sydney Maresca
lighting design by Gina Scherr
sound design by Shane Rettig
projection design by Bart Cortright
choreography by Nicole Beerman
stage manager Sunny Stapleton
assistant costume designer Audrey Nauman
assistant set designer Kate McCrea

In which two Masshole siblings, amid a Hollywood vortex of strip malls and Scientologists, square off over how to live like a grown-up.

June 20 – 29, 2013