What's Happening!

  • MEET THE CASTS AND DESIGN TEAMS FOR SUMMERWORKS 2022

    Tickets are on sale now for The 25th Summerworks – running May 20th through July 2nd at the Wild Project. We’re thrilled to announce initial casting and design teams for these three plays – READ MORE AND GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

  • APPLY FOR CLUBBED THUMB'S NEW PLAY DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP

    Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 cohort of Clubbed Thumb’s New Play Directing Fellowship. Directors who have at least 3 years of experience outside of an academic environment, will not be in grad school in the coming year and plan to be in NYC September 2022 through January 2023 are welcome to apply now through May 1st. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

  • THE 25th SUMMERWORKS

    Oh Summerworks, how we’ve missed you! With your idiosyncratic, fast, funny plays. On a warm summer evening with the garage door rolled up and a cold drink in hand – what could be better? We’re thrilled to be back at the Wild Project, May 20 – July 2, with three new plays we love. Please join us – we miss you too! CLICK FOR INFO & TICKETS

  • A SONG OF SONGS

    We are delighted to support this new work from Agnes Borinsky (playwright of Summerworks 2017’s Of Government), and directed by Machel Ross (who interned for us many years ago)! A Song of Songs is produced by The Bushwick Starr and Jeremy O. Harris, in partnership with El Puente. Performances May 10 – 27: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO

  • WINTERWORKS 2022: MEET THE DIRECTORS

    Clubbed Thumb’s Directing Fellowship just concluded, with our seventh-annual Winterworks! Through planning, a great deal of testing, enormous goodwill from the company of artists – and perhaps a shake of luck – we managed to do the whole program in person, and are so glad we did.

    Since attendance capacity (and our ability to see each others’ faces) was very limited this year, we put together a short video chat with the directors and mentor / program co-founder Anne Kauffman. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

  • ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT 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. Today (December 22, 2021) we are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater. CLICK HERE to read the prompt

  • MEET THE ARTISTS IN OUR 21/22 EARLY-CAREER INCUBATOR PROGRAMS

    We’re excited to be back in-person with two new cohorts of writers and directors – read about those groups HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for information about how to get to know their work. And we’re also thrilled to have a new Producing Fellow—Gabby Farrah—on our team. Welcome Gabby!

  • EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP READING SERIES

    We’re pleased to introduce you to the work of the 16 playwrights who made up the last two cohorts of our Early-Career Writers’ Group – all of whom chose to postpone their readings until we could safely gather in person.

    It’s a tightly-packed schedule of two plays per day, Tuesday through Friday, October 5th through 15th at the Wild Project. We are excited to finally get to celebrate these writers and hope you can join us – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

  • 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

  • EAT YOUR FEELINGS - three short videos about taking care of ourselves and each other

    Over the past few months we’ve been commissioning Clubbed Thumb artists to make short videos while we wait for theaters to re-open. We’re pleased to bring you the first installment of this initiative, a series created by Directing Fellowship alumnae Kate HopkinsKate Eminger and Caitlin Sullivan.

    It began as a chance to check-in with various CT artists during the pandemic – but quickly became a much deeper investigation of our community, of how we rely on one another, and how we might rebuild and reimagine a better future. This first episode features actress, playwright and good friend Crystal Finn cooking with her daughter Delphina (follow along from home with the recipe on the left).


    The series also features an organization which started in March to address food insecurity in New York – EV Loves NYC. Their work is crucial and ongoing, and we hope the videos inspire you to spread the word about what they do, volunteer and donate. They need our help.

    Click here to learn more & donate to EV Loves NYC

    And stay tuned for two more episodes, featuring Chinaza Uche & Caitlin Zoz and Mel Ng – as well as more commissioned work from a variety of Clubbed Thumb artists, coming soon to CT/TV!

Superlab

Superlab is our developmental laboratory co-curated and co-produced with Playwrights Horizons. Initially supported by a grant from the Metlife/Theatre Communications Group’s A-ha! Program, Superlab has since become a regular part of our development work, with between 3 and 6 week-long, process-driven labs each season. To date, 42 plays have been developed…

2018-2019

WE ARE RADIOS
by Chana Porter
music by Ted Hearne
directed by Adam Greenfield

KING PHILIP’S HEAD IS STILL ON THAT PIKE JUST DOWN THE ROAD
by Daniel Glenn
directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell

BODIES THEY RITUAL
by Angela Hanks
directed by Jeremy Bloom

2017-2018

THE THANKSGIVING PLAY
by Larissa FastHorse
directed by Moritz von Steulpnagel

EVANSTON SALT COSTS CLIMBING
by Will Arbery
directed by Dustin Wills

CATCH AS CATCH CAN
by Mia Chung
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

2016-2017

HAMLET: BY MIA FEFFERNAN
by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
directed by Morgan Green

THE DEPARTMENT PARTY
by Sam Marks
directed by Portia Krieger

FRILLY
by Sigrid Gilmer
directed by Sam Pinkleton

TIN CAT SHOES
by Trish Harnetiaux
directed by Knud Adams

THE HISTORY OF WALKING
by James Ijames
directed by Lucie Tiberghien

2015-2016

GOING OUT AND COMING BACK
By Agnes Borinsky
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

THE APOCRYPHAL TRAGEDY OF KING MICHAEL
By Eric John Meyer
Directed by Robert O’Hara

ONE OF THE WOMEN
By Mary Hamilton
Directed by Danya Taymor

CUTE ACTIVIST
By Milo Cramer
Directed by Morgan Green

FLOOD CITY
By Gabrielle Reisman
Directed by Will Davis

2014-2015

MEN ON BOATS
By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Will Davis

D DEB DEBBIE DEBORAH
By Jerry Lieblich
Directed by Oliver Butler

DAISY: A STUDY OF AMERICANS ABROAD
By Chiara Atik
Directed by Stella Powell-Jones

EVERY ANGEL IS BRUTAL
By Julia Jarcho
Directed by Carolyn Cantor

BETTER
By Michelle Carter
Directed by Kent Nicholson

2013-2014

DIVERSITY AWARENESS PICNIC
By Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Kristan Seemel

TUMACHO
By Ethan Lipton
Directed by Leigh Silverman

ANTLIA PNEUMATICA
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

I’M PRETTY FUCKED UP
By Ariel Stess
Directed by Kip Fagan

GOD IS A GOOD GOD
By Miki Johnson
Directed by Liesl Tommy

2012-2013

MOVERS AND SHAKERS
By Deb Stein and Suli Holum
Directed by Suli Holum

YOUR MOTHER’S COPY OF THE KAMA SUTRA
By Kirk Lynn
Directed by Oliver Butler

PHOEBE IN WINTER
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

SEX PLAY
By Sylvan Oswald
Directed by Eric Hoff

SIXTEEN WORDS OR LESS
By Peggy Stafford
Directed by Meghan Finn

2011-2012

UNTITLED BLOOD PLAY
By The Debate Society

STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA
By Nikole Beckwith
Directed by Jo Bonney

TAKARAZUKA!!!
By Susan Soon He Stanton
Directed by Chay Yew

SOMEWHERE FUN
By Jenny Schwartz
Directed by Anne Kauffman

THE RULES
By Dipika Guha
Directed by Lila Neugebauer

2010-2011

SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND
By Madeline George
Directed by Alec Duffy

THE MANY MISTRESSES OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
By Andrew Dolan
Directed by Hal Brooks

ANNIE BOSH IS MISSING
By Janine Nabers
Directed by David McCallum

3C
By David Adjmi
Directed by Jackson Gay

MALA HIERBA
By Tanya Saracho
Directed by Jerry Ruiz

HONEY DROP
By Erin Courtney
Directed by May Adrales