Clubbed Thumb Announces A Return Engagement of PLANO at the Connelly Theatre
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APRIL 8 – MAY 11

Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb (Maria Striar, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Bulger, Associate Artistic Director; Quinn Metal Corbin, Advancement Director) is proud to announce the return of Will Arbery’s PLANO, directed by Taylor Reynolds. First seen last year in the 23rd SUMMERWORKS season, PLANO returns beginning April 8 for a limited engagement through May 11. Opening night is set for April 13 at the Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street). Tickets are now on sale at: https://www.artful.ly/clubbedthumb/store/events.

Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues: Isabel’s got pains. Anne’s got slugs. And Genevieve doesn't want to talk about hers. She just wants you to eat the damn hummus (she made it!). Let's talk about family nightmares. I mean, uh, memories.

The return engagement of PLANO will star the complete original cast from the 2018 SUMMERWORKS production: Crystal Finn (Bobby Clearly, Kingdom Come), Susannah Flood (“For The People,” The Effect), Miriam Silverman (Junk; You Got Older), Cesar Rosado (Seven Spots on the Sun), Ryan King (Deathbed), Brendan Dalton (Intuitive Men) and Mary Shultz (Small Tragedy; Clubbed Thumb’s Dot).

PLANO will feature set design by Daniel Zimmerman, costume design by Stephanie Levin, lighting design by Isabella Byrd, sound design by Tyler Keiffer and choreography by Kelly Bartnik. Corinn Moreno will serve as stage manager.

General admission tickets for PLANO are $45; reserved seating is available for $60. Student tickets are $30. The performance schedule is as follows: Monday through Friday at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm.

Clubbed Thumb makes its Broadway debut this spring with Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, which premiered at the 2017 Summerworks festival, in partnership with True Love Productions.

SUMMERWORKS 2019 will run May 19 through June 29 at The Wild Project, located at 195 E. 3rd Street, New York 10009 - between Avenues A and B in Manhattan’s East Village. The full lineup will be announced soon.

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 of the year.

Highlights from the previous 23 festivals include the NYC premieres of Gina Gionfriddo, Jordan Harrison, Lisa D'Amour, Tanya Saracho and Sarah Ruhl; professional debuts of Rinne Groff, Sylvan Oswald, Clare Barron, Susan Stanton, Ariel Stess and Jaclyn Backhaus; and new works by Anne Washburn, Adam Bock, Gregory Moss, Jenny Schwartz, Ethan Lipton, Erin Courtney, Sheila Callaghan and Heidi Schreck. All of these artists continue to make Clubbed Thumb an artistic home.

Past SUMMERWORKS directors include Pam MacKinnon, Lee Sunday Evans, Lear deBessonet, Anne Kaufman, Davis McCallum, Leigh Silverman, and Ken Rus Schmoll.


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 five Obies including the Ross Wetzsteon Award for sustained artistic excellence. We have presented plays in every form of development, including over 100 full productions.

Clubbed Thumb is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additionally, Clubbed Thumb receives major support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, SEG Voices, and the Mental Insight Foundation.


WILL ARBERY is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters. Plays include: Plano (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks 2018), Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood), and Wheelchair (3 Hole Press). He’s under commission from Playwrights Horizons, a member of Page 73's Interstate 73, The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a resident at Colt Coeur, and a member of EST/Youngblood. His plays have been developed at NYTW, The Vineyard, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project, The New Group, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, and Tofte Lake Center. Dance work: Pioneer Works, MCA Chicago, Watermill Center. MFA: Northwestern. BA: Kenyon College. willarbery.com

TAYLOR REYNOLDS is a New York-based director from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Clubbed Thumb, Signature Theatre Company, New Georges, Ars Nova, Radical Evolution, Atlantic Acting School, the United Solo Festival, and Ally Theatre Company. Select directing credits: Plano by Will Arbery, ALLOND(R)A by Gina Femia, Songs About Trains (co-directed with Rebecca Martinez), Things I Don't Want to Talk About by Gina Femia, Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan. She is a member of NY Madness and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a 2017-2018 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University. iamtaylorreynolds.com

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