Genre: Festival

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).


About the Company: Clubbed Thumb

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.

Open:   06/02/10
Close:   06/26/10

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Theater:   Ohio Theater
Address:   66 Wooster St
New York, NY 10012
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Closest subway: A,C,E to Canal Street.; east to Wooster Street, north to the theatre

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$15 Students
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