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Clubbed Thumb commissions, develops and produces funny, strange, and provocative new plays by living American writers. Since its founding in 1996, the company has earned 4 OBIES and presented plays in every form of development, including over 75 full productions. Clubbed Thumb is an incubator for artists and their work, staging plays to critical acclaim while supporting an ever-growing creative community. Funny, Strange, Provocative, an anthology of plays produced by Clubbed Thumb, is available through Playscripts.

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Clubbed Thumb Summerworks 2010
15th Annual Festival Of New Plays
 | Open: 06/02/10 Close: 06/26/10
Clubbed Thumb, best known for nurturing and developing theater artists, is celebrating its 15th year of Summerworks. A Clubbed Thumb production is where you’ll find the next generation of great playwrights, directors and actors - and a chance to catch the next Tony-nominated artist - marking the company as trendsetters in both the national and local theatrical sphere.

Clubbed Thumb has 4 alum with a Tony nomination this year, including Sarah Ruhl (who made her NY professional premiere with Clubbed Thumb) and Maria Dizzia (who will appear in Summerworks 2010), and Alexander Dodge and David Zinn. The staggering list of award-winning playwrights whose NYC (and in some cases, professional) premieres that were part of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks include Sarah Ruhl, Rachel Sheinkin, Rinne Groff, Jordan Harrison and Gina Gionfriddo. In addition, they’ve worked extensively with and premiered work by Adam Bock and Sheila Callaghan.

The festival’s 2 other shows include Dot, written by Kate E. Ryan and directed by Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman, and Five Genocides, written by Samuel D. Hunter and directed by Davis McCallum. The festival’s shows are not open for review.


Dot (June 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)
In which old Dot and the weird kid from the neighborhood become friends. Set in that kind of Florida town that makes you wonder: Is this TV, a book, or maybe even a cabaret?

Written by Kate E. Ryan (member of 13P) and directed by Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman (The Thugs at Soho Rep, This Wide Night with Naked Angels) with original music by Mike Iveson (The Sound and the Fury and Gatz with ERS, Richard Maxwell’s Ode to the Man Who Kneels, and Sibyl Kempson’s Crime or Emergency). Featuring David Brooks, Kate Hopkins, Birgit Huppuch, Ed Jewett, Lynne McCollough and Mary Shultz. The design team consists of Jason Simms (Set), Garin Marschall (Lights), Olivera Gajic (Costumes) and Jessica Paz (Sound).

Five Genocides (June 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19)
In which Katie is determined to finish writing that book – even if she didn’t start it. Lucky there’s a new co-worker at the Fashion Bug to help since her in-laws are deluded, drunk and dog-obsessed.

Written by Samuel D. Hunter (I Am Montana at London’s Arcola Theatre) and directed by Davis McCallum (Queens Boulevard at Signature Theater, Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue with P73--2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist). Featuring Charlotte Booker, Crystal Finn, Carmen M. Herlihy, Edward James Hyland and Barret O'Brien. The design team consists of Dane Laffrey (Set), Russell H. Champa (Lights), Jessica Trejos (Costumes) and Jill Du Boff (Sound).

The Small
(June 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26)
In which a man struggles to assemble a reality from his dreams, the dog very much wants to be taken for a walk and the Natural Food store isn’t.

Written by Anne Washburn (The Internationalist at The Vineyard Theatre, Apparition) and directed by Obie Award-winner Les Waters (In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) on Broadway, Big Love) with original music by Dave Malloy (Space//Space and Beowulf with Banana Bag & Bodice, 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers). Featuring Gideon Banner, Maria Dizzia, Matthew Maher, Dave Malloy and Susie Pourfar. The design team consists of Louisa Thompson (Set), Jane Cox (Lights), Kirche Leigh Zeile (Costumes) and Bray Poor (Sound).


Clubbed Thumb: Summerworks 2008  | Open: 06/08/08 Close: 06/28/08
The Plays:

Gentleman Caller
by Ann Marie Healy
directed by Brooke O'Harra
In which that damn war just keeps going on and on, and three scrappy gals sit and wait and wonder: When will he call?

Vendetta Chrome
by Sally Oswald
directed by Alexis Poledouris
In which Vendetta, a late bloomer at a Victorian girls' school, must save her friends and her family from a legacy of trouble — and it's all in the dance moves.

by Sigrid Gilmer
directed by Robert O'Hara
In which Robert and Nora, a couple on the rise, get a big promotion, a bigger house, and a brand new slave.

Summerworks 2005  | Open: 05/04/05 Close: 05/28/05
Clubbed Thumb theatre company presents present their 10th annual summer festival of new plays, Summerworks 2005. 212.802.8007.

This year's three mainstage productions are:

100 Aspects of the Moon
By Ethan Lipton, directed by Emma Griffin

Inspired by the work of 19th-century woodblock-printmaker Yoshitoshi, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is a very sad comedy about the regularly scheduled failings of humanity. Deep-seeded resentment, lousy communication and misplaced love and violence ensue.
Running May 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 at 8 PM

Madame Killer
By Honour Kane with Diana Kane, directed by Wier Harman

A Gothic noir about Ann Lohman who, upon her death in 1978, was a paradigm of capitalism, worth millions...but she had secrets. This fair doctor owned a black book filled with incriminating evidence about all the women she serviced over the years, striking fear in both rich and poor if this information ever got out!
Running May 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 at 8 PM

Dearest Eugenia Haggis
by Ann Marie Healy directed by Melissa Kievman (

A heartbreaking and extremely funny tale of three misfits scrambling for the scraps of love in the frozen outskirts.
Running May 22, 23, 24 and 26, 27, and 28 at 8 PM.

This year the FREE reading series will be combined with the New Play Boot Camp, a weeklong workshop where Clubbed Thumb provides a playwright developing a play with a director and actors and they all develop the play together. The first Boot Camp reading will be of Everything You Have by Anna Zeigler on May 11th at 8pm. The second will be Iggy Woo by Alice Tuan on May 25th at 8pm.

Summerworks 2006  | Open: 06/04/06 Close: 06/24/06
OBIE Award winning Clubbed Thumb is proud to present their 11th annual summer festival of new plays, Summerworks 2006.

I Have Loved Strangers
by Anne Washburn, directed by Johanna McKeon

Inspired by the Book of Jeremiah, and the exploits of the Weather Underground, I Have Loved Strangers is a play about true prophets, false prophets, non prophets, cockatrices, and lions all battling for the salvation of Ancient New York.
June 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th at 8 PM.

Alice the Magnet
by Erin Courtney, directed by Pam MacKinnon
In Alice the Magnet, an influential self-improvement guru suddenly finds herself lost. Will a wayward student and his even more wayward teacher be the solution, or part of the problem? Their lives become intertwined in this story about power, charisma, fear, and mentors gone awry.
June 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th at 8 PM

by Rachel Hoeffel, directed by Kip Fagan
Hapless legal secretary Arlene Quail must deal with her boss's incessant smoking, alluring and seductive clients, and her own search for purpose, all while trying to maintain the collapsing two-man firm. If only she could get the window open.
June 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 8 PM

Take 5: a half-decade check-in
To open the Summerworks 2006 festival, Clubbed Thumb has invited a group of exciting playwrights to write funny strange, and provocative 5-minute playlets mined from the tumult of the last 5 years.
Wednesday, May 31st at 8PM FREE

What Then  | Open: 01/07/06 Close: 01/28/06
Set in the not too distant future, What Then is about saving a struggling family and a struggling planet. The lake outside is becoming a dust bowl and the family inside is becoming a powderkeg. Diane tells her husband Tom that she has switched careers from accountant to architect, but only when she's asleep. She is building an amazing housing complex that will remove the toxicity in the soil and provide housing to "low-to-no-income" occupants. Tom is a corporate powerbroker who may be responsible for the lake-- and a lot more. His juvenile delinquent daughter Sallie and her border-hopping boyfriend with a name no one bothers to try to get right will resort to anything --even stealing blood-- to live on the right side of the tracks. Are they really moving into Diane's dream housing project?