What's Happening!

  • 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

  • THE REST I MAKE UP RETURNS TO MOMA

    Lovers of Maria Irene Fornes should check out Michelle Memran’s documentary on her life and work, The Rest I Make Up, running at MoMA August 23rd through 29th. Details 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.

  • THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT A GREAT SUMMERWORKS

    We are exceptionally proud of the work we put out over the last seven weeks. Thank you to the over 150 artists, staff and interns who made it happen, and to the over 3,300 people who came to see a show this summer.

    We were also excited to introduce you to the plays of our early-career writers’ group throughout the festival, as well as the work of Chris Brown (Summerworks’s Master Electrician of many years) whose drawings of the East Village filled the lobby gallery. (Check out his work HERE and contact him to buy something!)

  • The 2017 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission goes to Angela Hanks and Gabrielle Reisman!

    We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Biennial Commission – thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal! The panel elected to split the prize between Angela and Gabrielle, and to award three finalists–Gracie Gardner, Paul Cameron Hardy and Daniel Glenn–$1,000 and a workshop

SUMMERWORKS 2016

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

EVERY ANGEL IS BRUTAL

a play by Julia Jarcho
directed by Knud Adams
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

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

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

a play by Olivia Dufault
directed by Portia Krieger
set by Carolyn Mraz
costumes by Tilly Grimes
lights by Barbara Samuels
sound & original composition by Lee Kinney
production stage manager Corinn Moreno

with Brad BellamyNick ChoksiBianca CrudoCarmen M. Herlihy, and Annie McNamara.

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

June 11 – June 21 2016

TUMACHO

a play with music by Ethan Lipton
directed by Leigh Silverman
set by David Zinn
costumes by Anita Yavich
lights by Jennifer Schriever
music director Mike Brun
production stage manager Megan Schwarz Dickert

with Bill BuellJohn Ellison ConleeRandy Danson,Gibson FrazierCelia Keenan-BolgerJennifer LimOmar MetwallyJeremy Shamos, and Danny Wolohan.

CRITICS’ PICK!!  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.” – 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
set by Arnulfo Maldonado
costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
lights by Solomon Weisbard
sound by Jane Shaw
production stage manager Erin Gioia Albrecht

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

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

 

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