What's Happening!

  • GRIEF HOTEL RETURNS FOR FOUR WEEKS AT THE PUBLIC THEATER

    We are thrilled to announce that Grief Hotel – which ran to sold-out houses at Summerworks, and was recently recognized with three Obie Awards – will return for four weeks this spring, in residency at The Public Theater. And we’re excited to add that we’ll be bringing it back in partnership with our friends at New Georges. We hope you’ll join us (or join us again!) for this special production – CLICK FOR TICKETS

  • APPLY FOR THE CLUBBED THUMB NEW PLAY DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP

    In this five-month new play directing intensive, three fellows work on 30-minute commissioned pieces with writers from the Clubbed Thumb community. These plays are developed over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student and alumni actors, in rehearsal rooms at Playwrights Downtown. In January, the same plays are rehearsed in the same rooms in quick processes with professional actors, and performed as part of Winterworks: a five-day industry showcase.

     

    LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE

  • CONGRATULATIONS - AND A SAVE THE DATE

    This weekend, we were delighted by the news that Maryann Plunkett, dots, Liza Birkenmeier and Tara Ahmadinejad had all received Obie Awards for their work on Summerworks. Richly Deserved!

    Maybe you are one of the many many people who heard how amazing Liza, Tara and dots’ work on Grief Hotel was, and were sorry to have missed it??

    WELL GUESS WHAT! It’s coming baaaack…. this spring! Location to be announced when ticket sales open — but SAVE THE DATE!

  • WINTERWORKS 2024 HAS COME TO A CLOSE

    Thank you to the hundreds of people who joined as at Houghton Hall for the 9th annual Winterworks. We were so proud of the work these amazing artists made — and we managed to cram everyone in to share it.

  • WINTERWORKS 2024

    Happy new year! We’re back with our 9th Annual Winterworks – a progressive performance of three short-ish plays, which culminates our New Play Directing Fellowship – featuring:

    Lauren Zeftel directing MY SIX THERAPISTS by Julia Izumi

    Carsen Joenk directing WATCH ME by Justice Hehir

    Miranda Cornell directing CHAIRS by Hayley Stahl

    with an incredible ensemble of actors. There are only 7 showings, and capacity is extremely limited! Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required.

  • MEET THE INCOMING COHORTS OF OUR EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP AND NEW PLAY DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP

    We’re back in action with two new groups to introduce you to! Meet the Early-Career Writers – with whom we’ll convene for play reading and dinner eating, often joined by one of their estimable mentor writers – by CLICKING HERE. During Summerworks we’ll present readings of their plays-in-progress, so join us then to get to know their work.

     

    And get to know the directors and writers in this season’s New Play Directing Fellowship by CLICKING HERE. Program mentors Anne Kauffman and Daniel Aukin, along with Clubbed Thumb staff, will support these new play processes in two phases: first with Playwrights Horizons Theater School students this fall, then in quick and scrappy workshop productions at Winterworks in January. Stay tuned for more info on that and more!

     

  • THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR GALA A BIG SUCCESS!

    This fall’s Gala, celebrating our dear friend and collaborator Anne Kauffman, was beautiful, moving and very fun. Thank you to everyone who attended, contributed a song or a bit of writing, volunteered, donated and otherwise supported this very special night.

     

    See more photos from the event on our Instagram (and tag @clubbedthumb if you’re posting your own) — we’ll have more in the coming days!

     

    At the event, we raised funds in honor of Anne to help us better support the directors in our community – and we happily exceeded our goal. But there’s no such thing as a late donation! If you’d like to contribute to the fund, CLICK HERE

  • SUMMERWORKS #26 HAS COME TO AN END

    Thank you to the artists, craftspeople, technicians, production staff, interns and everyone else who made this year’s Summerworks possible. We are immensely proud of the work we put out into the world, and delighted by how it was received.

    And thank you to thousands of audience members who came out to see a show – our largest attendance ever! It is moving to see so many old friends and so many new faces gathered together in the Wild Project. With each iteration, our community expands. Thanks for being a part of it.

    We’ll be spending the next two months wrapping things up and making plans for the future. You’ll hear from us in a few weeks, as we announce the cohorts of next year’s programs, and a few other projects we have cooking.

    Until then: have a great summer!

    Maria, Michael & Rachel

  • LUNCH BUNCH RETURNS!

    “DRAGON FRUIT! BLACK BELUGA LENTILS! PERFECTLY SOFT-BOILED EGGS!” Seven public defenders seek meaning, belonging, and some semblance of order via their frenzied quest for the perfect lunch – while battling ACS, inequality, burnout, and a big ole serving of existential dread.

    It is with great delight that we share the news that, at long last, a big hit of both Winterworks AND Summerworks 2019, NYT’s Critic’s Pick Lunch Bunch is returning for a limited run, with The Play Company. CLICK FOR TICKETS

  • Meet the soon-to-be graduates of Brown University's MFA Playwriting Program

    We’re excited to join forces once again with Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program in the Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies
    to present readings of plays by two new graduates: Alexa Derman and Jesús I. Valles, on Mon April 2nd and Tue April 3rd at Playwrights Horizons.

  • OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY - ON SALE NOW

    We’ve been eager to put out a second anthology since Funny, Strange, Provocative was published in 2007, and the last year finally provided us with the time to take on this long-awaited project. We are thrilled to announce that Unusual Stories, Unusually Told, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen, is now available!

    In it you’ll find seven Clubbed Thumb plays that span 18 years of our history, as well as essays and interviews about the work, and the often atypical processes that led to their productions.

    Read more about the book and get your discounted copy (and our first anthology) HERE

SUMMERWORKS 2019
May 17 – June 28
at the Wild Project – 195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenue A and B

CRITIC’S PICK! If you know Clubbed Thumb — and you should, because the company has more than 20 years of gutsy new play development under its belt — you’ll recognize this as a very Clubbed Thumb show: idiosyncratic, nonrealistic, gently experimental with a
Downtown’s greatest hits compilation of a cast. -Alexis Soloski, New York Times

LUNCH BUNCH

written by Sarah Einspanier
directed by Tara Ahmadinejad

With Eliza Bent, Ugo Chukwu, Irene Sofia Lucio, Keilly McQuail, Nana Mensah, Jon Norman Schneider, Mike Shapiro and Julia Sirna-Frest

sets by Jean Kim
costumes by Alice Tavener
lights by Oona Curley
sound by Ben Vigus
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Alex Williamson

Seven public defenders on a quest for crumbs of joy.

May 17 – May 28, 2019

This “witty, smart production brings out the absurdity, the poignancy, and the cruelty in Zhu Yi’s rich script . . . and also, there are sheep.” – Loren Noveck, Exeunt

YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT

written by Zhu Yi
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Holly Chou, John D. Haggerty, Daniel K. Isaac, Kenneth Lee, Jennifer Lim, and Julyana Soelistyo

sets by Andrew Moerdyk
costumes by Heather McDevitt Barton
lights by Jiyoun Chang
sound by Brendan Aanes
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Melanie Aponte

The Lis, the Zhaos, the ghosts and the animals engage in a land feud.

June 3 – June 13, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK! One of this season’s tastier diversions. As a distant mirror to contemporary stasis, it may be too familiar for comfort. Still, in this prickly summer of American discontent, there’s sweet relief in being allowed to giggle contentedly at a shrewd, silly evocation of the kind of legislative gridlock that usually has us biting our nails and fearing for our future.
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

KING PHILIP’S HEAD IS STILL ON THAT PIKE JUST DOWN THE ROAD

written by Daniel Glenn
directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell

With Rachel Christopher, Crystal Finn, Jennifer Ikeda, Elizabeth Kenny, Mary Lou Rosato, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Kristin Villanueva and Sam Breslin Wright

sets by Carolyn Mraz
costumes by Melissa Ng
lights by Amith Chandrashaker
sound by Emily Auciello
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Kristy Bodall

The councilmen of Plymouth Colony determine how to be Good in the New World.

June 19 – June 29, 2019

A return of Summerworks 2018’s hit production

PLANO

written by Will Arbery
directed by Taylor Reynolds

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

sets by Daniel Zimmerman
costumes by Stephanie Levin
lights by Isabella Byrd
sound by Tyler Kieffer
choreography by Kelly Bartnik
props by Raphael Mishler
production stage manager Corinn Moreno

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.

April 8 – May 11, 2019
at the Connelly Theater, 220 E 4th Street between A and B