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Crystal Finn, Mia Katigbak, Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Clayton Dean Smith in "16 Words or Less," part of Summerworks 2014. (Photo by Daniel Terna)

Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Sets Dates at the Wild Project

The troupe’s 20th festival plans stagings of new plays by Jerry Lieblich, Kate E. Ryan and Jaclyn Backhaus.

NEW YORK CITY: Clubbed Thumb has announced its Summerworks festival lineup for 2015, the 20th one for the company. It will include stagings of three new plays and will run at the Wild Project in New York’s East Village, May 20–June 29.

The fest opens with D Deb Debbie Deborah (May 20–30) by Jerry Lieblich, in which a needy boyfriend, an intruder and a stalled career are all making the title character take a good, hard look at her life. Lee Sunday Evans directs.

Next is Kate E. Ryan’s Card and Gift (June 4–14), directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, about two women who work in a seldom-visited card shop in a small New Hampshire town.

The fest closes with Men on Boats (June 19–29), Jaclyn Backhaus’s “almost true story” of an 1869 expedition which set out to map the course of the Colorado River. Will Davis will direct.

According to its mission statement, 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, and has presented plays in every form of development, including over 80 full productions.

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