SUMMERWORKS 2013 - the annual season of new plays presented by the four-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb -- is set for its 18th season May 24th to June 29th at The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd Street) in Manhattan, it has been announced by Maria Striar, Clubbed Thumb's Producing Artistic Director.
SUMMERWORKS 2013 will feature productions of three new plays - BABY SCREAMS MIRACLE by Clare Barron, directed by Portia Krieger; PHOEBE IN WINTER by Jen Silverman, directed by Mike Donahue; and LA BREA by Gregory S. Moss, directed by Adam Greenfield.
Among the actors who will perform in SUMMERWORKS 2013 plays are Heidi Schreck (CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION), Jeanine Serralles (MAPLE AND VINE), Crystal Finn (LUTHER), Bill Buell (INHERIT THE WIND), and Rebecca Henderson (THE WHALE). Additional casting to be announced.
With its track record for discovering and supporting new playwriting talent -- in many cases providing writers with their very first production in New York or anywhere -- SUMMERWORKS is one of the most eagerly-anticipated theatrical offerings kicking off the summer stage season in the city. In seasons past, Clubbed Thumb's SUMMERWORKS has presented the New York premieres of Sarah Ruhl, Rachel Sheinkin, Gina Gionfriddo, Adam Bock, Rinne Groff, Jordan Harrison, Sheila Callaghan, Sylvan Oswald, Lisa D'Amour, Kate Ryan and Kristin Newborn, as well as new works by Ethan Lipton, Anne Washburn and Jason Grote.
Clubbed Thumb's mission is to commissions, develops and produce funny, strange and provocative new plays by living American writers. Since its founding in 1996, the company has presented 80 productions and earned four Obie Awards. Clubbed Thumb is an incubator for artists and their work, staging plays while supporting an ever-growing creative community.
About this year's SUMMERWORKS, Ms. Striar notes, "SUMMERWORKS 2013's plays wrestle with disasters-- natural, man made and personal. We're working with vaunted collaborators, with artists making their professional debuts and everyone in the murky middle. And we're in a new theater-- the Wild Project, a sleek green theater in a fantastic neighborhood. Great plays, great area, cheap tickets. None should be missed."
SUMMERWORKS 2013 plays and playwrights:
BABY SCREAMS MIRACLE
by Clare Barron, directed by Portia Krieger
May 24th-June 2nd, 2013 (no show on May 28th)
all shows at 8pm
A freak storm knocks down all the trees in a small town in Washington, spurring a daughter to go home to her estranged Christian family. But the weird weather's not over.
Clare Barron is from Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays and performance pieces have been developed and produced by Clubbed Thumb, Youngblood/EST, The Bushwick Starr, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Yale Playwrights Festival, and the Theatre of Desire Cabaret (helmed by Deb Margolin). She is a member of Youngblood and Masrah Ensemble (a theater company based in Beirut). She also works as an actor and has recently appeared in Target Margin's Uncle Vanya and Masrah Ensemble's Arabic-English production of Mud.
Portia Krieger mostly directs new plays. Upcoming: Eager to Lose by Matthew-Lee Erlbach at Ars Nov. Recent credits include Nikole Beckwith's Let Me Collect Myself (Ars Nova), Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still (TheaterSquared), Samuel D. Hunter's When You're Here (Williamstown), Kathryn Walat's This Is Not Antigone (New Georges), and Too Much Too Soon and Too Little Too Late with Lesser America, along with readings and workshops with New Georges, the Roundabout Underground, Naked Angels, Rattlestick, The Woodshed Collective, and others. She has associate directed both on and off Broadway, working with Michael Greif, Sam Gold, and Nicholas Martin. Portia is an alumna of the Drama League Directors Project and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Ars Nova's 2013 Director-in-Residence, a Lesser America ensemble member, and a co-founder of the New Georges' Jam.