What's Happening!

  • Clubbed Thumb & Brown University Virtual Reading Series, December 7th and 9th

    We’re proud to partner with Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program this fall to bring you readings of two recent graduates’ plays:

    On the Y-Axis by Lucas Baisch, directed by Josiah Davis
    The Executrix by Emma Horwitz, directed by Sarah Blush

    December 7th and 9th at 4pm and 7pm EST – RSVP HERE

  • We are pleased to announce the 2020/21 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellows

    We struggled mightily to recalibrate this program in light of the many forces the last 7 months have brought to bear. This year’s iteration will take a very different shape than in years past, and we’re delighted to go on this journey of discovery with an expanded group of eight fellows: Leonie Bell, Nana Dakin, Michaela Escarcega, Estefanía Fadul, Rachel Gita Karp, Arpita Mukherjee, Keenan Oliphant and Joan Sergay and four mentors: Anne Kauffman, Daniel Aukin, Niegel Smith and Laurie Woolery. Read more about them HERE

  • 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.

  • Meet the next Early-Career Writers' Group

    We’re excited to get to know these eight writers over the course of the coming year, and to welcome them into the Clubbed Thumb fold: Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Allyson Dwyer, Nazareth Hassan, Johnny Lloyd, Cristina Luzárraga, Kathy Ng, Hanna Novak & Ruth Tang.

    They’ll be sharing their work (by Zoom for now) over the next eight months (and we hope to share it with you after that). Learn more about them HERE.

  • A SUMMERWORKS 2020 UPDATE

    Like everyone else right now, we’re in a holding pattern. In the meantime, click HERE to follow along with a fond look back at the last 24 years on our Instagram story, and read a recent Playbill article on the history of Summerworks HERE

  • ANNOUNCING THE 2020 CLUBBED THUMB 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. Read the prompt HERE

  • TUMACHO IS NOW CLOSED

    Dear friends & supporters:

    It is with sadness that we announce we will be ending our run of Tumacho ahead of schedule. We believe it is just the responsible thing to do.

     

    We have reached out to ticket holders for cancelled performances – if  you have not heard from us, please reach out to michael@clubbedthumb.org

     

    We are so deeply proud of the work everyone has done on this production, and glad that we were able to share it with so many over the last few weeks. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

     

    Maria, Michael & Quinn
    Clubbed Thumb

  • ANNOUNCING THE 25TH ANNUAL SUMMERWORKS

    We are very excited to share our upcoming Summerworks, featuring new plays by Gab Reisman, Angela Hanks and Rinne Groff – we’re on hold for the moment, but in the meantime you and read more about them HERE

  • TUMACHO IS BACK IN TOWN

    Our hit production from Summerworks 2016 returns for four weeks at the Connelly Theater – February 17 – March 21, 2020.

     

    When we first produced this play, in the summer of 2016, the question of whether a hopeless citizenry could overcome their despair and band together to fight their oppressor felt like a metaphor, a general moral query about, you know, being a better person. After three long years, we have a very different understanding of the need for communities to come together to resist.

     

    We have always loved Tumacho for its invitation to virtuosic comic performance, and for the slyness of its critique. Now it feels like a joyful way to gird our loins for the coming fight. We’ve wanted to revisit the show since our first short run, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing that right now.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO!

  • WINTERWORKS 2020

    THANK YOU to everyone who attended Winterworks 2020!! We were delighted to introduce you to the work of our 19/20 Directing Fellows: ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA, EMMA MILLER and CAITLIN SULLIVAN, directing new plays by MILO CRAMER, T. ADAMSON, and GRACIE GARDNER.

    Read more about the directors and the program HERE – and apply to be a part of the 20/21 cohort HERE

  • This summer's hit LUNCH BUNCH returns in 2020!

    We are very excited to let you know that our production from Summerworks 2019 will return in 2020, as a co-production with our friends at The Play Company.

    Lunch Bunch was born of a long, rich collaboration with Sarah, Tara and its other artists. It is very close to our hearts–and one of the most popular shows ever featured in Summerworks. How excellent to partner with PlayCo, whose work we love: two small companies sharing their resources to continue a beloved show’s growth and reach. MORE INFO HERE

SUMMERWORKS 2016

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

EVERY ANGEL IS BRUTAL

by Julia Jarcho
directed by Knud Adams

with Jiehae ParkSusannah PerkinsHubert Point-Du JourJenny SeastonPete Simpson and Amelia Workman

set by Marsha Ginsberg
costumes by Sydney Maresca
lights by Bradley King
sound by Peter Mills Weiss
fight choreography Michael G. Chin
production stage manager Sonja Thorson

If “you share my bottomless appetite for women kicking ass” then “hie thee to the first installment in the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival…it’s not just that Julia Jarcho is one of our more compelling playwrights; it’s that Angel mashes up all the action-lady tropes of pop culture…then imports the whole shebang into downtown experimental theater. That, naturally is where it gets really weird.”
– Helen ShawTime Out NY

May 27 – June 6, 2016

THE TOMB OF KING TOT

by Olivia Dufault
directed by Portia Krieger

with Brad BellamyNick ChoksiBianca CrudoCarmen M. Herlihy and Annie McNamara

set by Carolyn Mraz
costumes by Tilly Grimes
lights by Barbara Samuels
sound & original composition by Lee Kinney
production stage manager Corinn Moreno

This “sweet and spiky new tragicomedy” from Olivia Dufault is “strikingly bold and assured.” A “pitch-perfect” cast!
CRITICS’ PICK!!
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

June 11 – June 21, 2016

TUMACHO

a play with music by Ethan Lipton
directed by Leigh Silverman

with Bill BuellJohn Ellison ConleeRandy DansonGibson FrazierCelia Keenan-BolgerJennifer LimOmar MetwallyJeremy Shamos and Danny Wolohan

set by David Zinn
costumes by Anita Yavich
lights by Jennifer Schriever
music director Mike Brun
production stage manager Megan Schwarz Dickert

An “impeccably inane horse opera by Ethan Lipton, directed with cantering wit by Leigh Silverman…Tumacho is the platonic theatrical version of the artfully anarchic, shrewdly mindless comedies we wait for every summer to hit movie theaters, often in vain. In other words, there’s no need to hold out for the rebooted Ghostbusters for as long as Tumacho is in town.”
CRITICS’ PICK!! 
– Ben BrantleyThe New York Times

June 27 – July 9, 2016

Playwrights Horizons & Clubbed Thumb Present

MEN ON BOATS

by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Will Davis

With Jocelyn BiohHannah CabellDanielle Davenport,Danaya EsperanzaDonnetta Lavinia GraysBirgit HuppuchElizabeth KennyLayla KhoshnoudiKelly McAndrew and Kristen Sieh

set by Arnulfo Maldonado
costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
lights by Solomon Weisbard
sound by Jane Shaw
production stage manager Erin Gioia Albrecht

July 20 – August 21
Opening night: Monday, August 1, 2016

Men On Boats was originally produced by Clubbed Thumb in Summerworks 2015.