What's Happening!

  • Meet the 19/20 EARLY CAREER WRITER'S GROUP and PRODUCING FELLOWS.

    We have a new team of playwrights and we are delighted to introduce you to them: Crystal Finn, Deneen Reynolds, Justice Hehir, Aaron Ricciardi, Julia Izumi, Kori Alston, May Treuhaft-Ali, and Ryan Szelong. 

    Nominated and mentored by members of our mid-career alumni community, these eight writers will meet over the course of the year to develop their work, culminating in presentations during Summerworks.

    Read more about the playwrights and the program HERE.

    And say hello to this year’s Producing Fellows: Kathy Ng and Natalie Risk.

    Each year, two early-career creative producers assist on all programming, as well as casting, script evaluation, management and marketing under the guidance/mentorship of Clubbed Thumb staff, culminating in hands-on roles in Summerworks.

  • ANNOUNCING THE 2019 / 2020 CLUBBED THUMB DIRECTING FELLOWS

    We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA, EMMA MILLER and CAITLIN SULLIVAN, working on plays written by MILO CRAMER, T. ADAMSON, and GRACIE GARDNER.

     

    This fall they’ll develop new 30 to 40 minute plays by commissioned Clubbed Thumb playwrights over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student and alumni performers, in barebones, classroom settings. Then, they build on this work with workshop productions of the same plays with professional actors, presented for industry audiences at Winterworks, running January 22 – 26, 2020 at Playwrights Downtown.

     

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

  • THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THE 24th ANNUAL 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 3,500 people who came to see a show this summer. If you missed it (or if you want to reminisce) you can read some selected press on the right —->

     

    We’re writing this note while on our annual writers’ retreat in Red Bank, New Jersey, hosted by Two River Theater (with our friends, playwrights Trish Harnetiaux, Vivian Barnes, Sarah Einspanier, Milo Cramer and Zhu Yi). We’re spending the week (in addition to a lot of grilling) beginning to plan for the coming season – our next Biennial Commission, a new writers group and directing fellowship cohort, Superlabs & other workshops – and maybe a few surprises we aren’t ready to talk about just yet. So stay tuned for that.

     

    Until then: have a great summer, and thank you.

    Maria, Michael and Quinn

  • MEET THE 2018/2019 EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP

    We’re excited to introduce you to the eight writers from our early-career group as they present their work throughout Summerworks, starting this week! They are: Alexander Paris, April Ranger, Emma Goidel, Lily Akerman, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi, T. Adamson and Zhu Yi – see the schedule and RSVP HERE

  • SUMMERWORKS IS NOW OPEN!

    Lunch Bunch – the first production of Summerworks 2019 – is a NYTimes Critic’s Pick!! All evening shows are sold out – but there are tickets available for the newly-added Saturday, May 25th 3pm matinee – get yours HERE

  • OUR BELOVED PRODUCTION OF PLANO HAS COME TO A CLOSE

    Congratulations to the incredible team of artists who worked tirelessly to re-mount our production of Plano. We are so proud of what we all accomplished together, and delighted to have hosted over 3,000 audience members throughout the run. We couldn’t be happier – so thank you. Check out our Instagram to see photos of many of the wonderful people who visited Plano

  • MEET THE CAST OF SUMMERWORKS 2019

    Our 24th Annual Mini-Season of New Plays is just around the corner! Featuring: Lunch Bunch by Sarah Einspanier, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad; You Never Touched the Dirt by Zhu Yi, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and King Philip’s Head Is Still On That Pike Just Down The Road by Daniel Glenn, directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell. Read more and get your tickets HERE

  • THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED AND SUPPORTED OUR 2019 GALA

    We were delighted to celebrate Sarah DeLappe, Heidi Schreck and Jaclyn Backhaus at our gala last night–thank you to the many artists who made it a fantastic party, and thank you to everyone who attended and contributed–it was a huge success and we were touched and honored by the outpour of support.

     

    And if you couldn’t be there, it’s ok – there’s still time to contribute HERE

  • HAPPY OPENING TO HEIDI SCHRECK AND THE WHOLE CONSTITUTION TEAM

    We’re thrilled to be above-the-title on a Broadway show for the first time, and doubly thrilled it is with our much beloved production from Summerworks 2017, What The Constitution Means to Me. Running now for a limited time at the Helen Hayes Theater – tickets and info HERE

  • SUPERLAB: FEATURING ANGELA HANKS

    This week we’re giving Angela Hanks’s 2017 Biennial Commission Bodies they Ritual the Superlab treatment. Join us on Friday, March 15 at 3pm to hear the play, directed by Jeremy Bloom

  • JOIN US FOR SUPERLAB

    This week we’re working on Daniel Glenn’s King Philip’s Head is Still on That Pike Just Down the Road, directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell – join us on Tuesday, February 19th at 3pm to hear the play. RSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org

  • 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

  • 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!

SUMMERWORKS 2018

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

Tickets $25 | Students: $20 | Festival Pass $60

TIN CAT SHOES

written by Trish Harnetiaux
directed by Knud Adams

With Kyle Beltran, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, David Greenspan, Emily Cass McDonnell and Pete Simpson

sets by Kimie Nishikawa
costumes by Sydney Maresca
lights by Oona Curley
sound by Peter Mills Weiss
production stage manager Corinn Moreno

Blessed with the can-do American spirit, a troop of dedicated shoe store workers embarks on a madcap odyssey of personal (employer-mandated) expansion.

May 19 – May 29, 2018

WILDER GONE

written by Angela Hanks
directed by Margot Bordelon

with Toni Ann DeNoble, Crystal Dickinson, Washington Kirk, Nicole Lewis, Christopher Livingston, Hubert Point-Du Jour and Markita Prescott

sets by Reid Thompson
costumes by Beth Goldenberg
lights by Marie Yokoyama
sound by Kate Marvin
production stage manager Rick V. Moreno

Mabel, Thalia and Peanut Brittle have ambitions (some of a spiritual nature), a few secrets, and some unfinished business. Whose vision, for the land uncultivated, will prevail?

June 4 – June 14, 2018

PLANO

written by Will Arbery
directed by Taylor Reynolds

with Brendan Dalton, Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood, Ryan King, Cesar J. Rosado, Mary Shultz and Miriam Silverman

sets by Daniel Zimmerman
costumes by Stephanie Levin
lights by Isabella Byrd
sound by Mark Van Hare
choreography by Kelly Bartnik
production stage manager Kristy Bodall

Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues. Let’s talk about family nightmares. I mean, uh, memories.

June 20 – June 30, 2018

The Bushwick Starr Presents:

Cute Activist
by Milo Cramer
directed by Morgan Green
produced by New Saloon, in association with Clubbed Thumb

with David Greenspan, Deepali Gupta, Annie Henk, Elizabeth Kenny, Ronald Peet and Madeline Wise.
Original Music Composition and Vocal Arrangement by Deepali Gupta

In a spoOoOoky town in mythical Connecticut where inequality reigns, a shadowy ring of part-time activists battle a baroque, tyrannical Landlorde.

Set Design by Meredith Ries; Costume Design by Sabrina Bianca Guillaume; Lighting Design by Cha See; Sound Design, Instrumental Arrangement and Orchestrations by John Gasper; Video Design by Stivo Arnoczy; Puppet Design by Amanda Villalobos; Prop Design by Cheyanne Williams; Lyrics by Milo Cramer; Producer for New Saloon: Caroline Gart; Stage Manager: Sam McCann; Production Manager: Russell Maclin; Technical Director: Drew Francis; Master Electrician: Megan Lang; Assistant Producer: Ryan Gedrich; ASM: Priscilla Villanueva

January 10 – February 3, 2018

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

Indeed, Friend!

by Eliza Bent
directed by Knud Adams

with Arjun Biju, Misha Brooks, Guillermo Contreras, Tori Khalil, Allegra Leal and Sangi Varsano

featuring April Matthis

set & props by Andrew Moerdyk
costumes by Avery Reed
lights by Abigail Wang
sound by Renee Yeong
stage manager Lauren Fitzgerald Veit
asst director Jack Serio

September 12 – 15, 2018
at The Robert Moss Theater, Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette Street, Third Floor