What's Happening!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

SUMMERWORKS 2015

at The Wild Project 195 E. 3rd St. (between Ave. A & B)

D DEB DEBBIE DEBORAH

written by Jerry Lieblich
directed by Lee Sunday Evans
set by Brett J. Banakis
costumes by David Hyman
lights by Eric Southern
sound by Brandon Wolcott
production stage manager Kevin Clutz

with Kate BensonBrooke BloomNick ChoksiGeoff Sobelle, and Stacey Yen

“The auspicious opening production of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks. …Jerry Lieblich’s dizzyingly clever new play…Directed with deceptively easygoing agility by Lee Sunday Evans…Invigorating stagecraft…Five cast members…melt and morph before our eyes with a splendidly assured lack of assurance.”

CRITIC’S PICK!
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

“D Deb Debbie Deborah boasts moments of slippery gorgeousness, some of which have to be seen to be believed….another expertly produced Clubbed Thumb Summerworks show, crafted exquisitely to showcase a script…Lieblich has managed the ultimate bit of theatrical prestidigitation. Shazam, folks! Out of nowhere, he appears on the scene.”
FOUR STARS. CRITIC’S PICK!
– Helen ShawTime Out NY

 

May 20 – May 30, 2015

CARD AND GIFT

written by Kate E. Ryan
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
set by Daniel Zimmerman
costumes by Jessica Pabst
lights by Les Dickert
sound by Leah Gelpe
production stage manager Lisa McGinn

with Ella DershowitzLaura EstermanMia KatigbakConnie Ray, and Scott Sowers

In Kate E. Ryan’s “self-effacingly oddball” Card and Gift, “naturalism melts softly into surrealism.”
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

“A modern La Brea tar pit, trapping various species of American woman so that a scientifically curious audience can examine them at leisure…incompetent Shana…unworldly Annette…[and] Lila…an artist no longer making but reluctant to be forgotten.”
– Helen ShawTime Out NY

June 4 – June 14, 2015

MEN ON BOATS

written by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Will Davis
set by Arnulfo Maldonado
costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
lights by Solomon Weisbard
sound by Jane Shaw
production stage manager Sunny Stapleton

with Jess BarbagalloBecca BlackwellHannah CabellDanielle DavenportDanaya EsperanzaDonnetta Lavinia GraysBirgit HuppuchLayla KhoshnoudiKelly McAndrew, and Kristen Sieh

You will surely want to spend time with the hearty title characters of Men on Boats. …A rollicking history pageant…Backhaus’s lively script…brought to infectiously vivid life [by] Will Davis’s highly ingenious direction … The cast, the director and the design team…delightfully recreate the rhythms, rush and terror of life on the water…Rendered in a carefully exaggerated style that both teases and cozies up to the clichés of the archetypal hero adventurer.”
CRITIC’S PICK! – Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

 

June 19 – June 29, 2015

THE WOLVES

Playwrights Horizons Theater School & Clubbed Thumb present
a workshop production of

THE WOLVES
by Sarah DeLappe
directed by Lila Neugebauer

featuring Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Allegra Leal, Allie Leonard, Kelly McAndrew, Amanda Phelan, Susannah Perkins, Frankie Placidi, Deb Trotchine and Sangi Varsano.

set & props by Frankie Olivia, costumes by Machel Ross, lights by Korey-Elizabeth Rushing-Parker, sound by Dan Rider, stage manager Ilana Khanin, asst stage manager Ana M Verde, asst costume designer Tessa Lee, asst producer Taylor Edelhart

September 7 – 11, 2015
at The Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette Street