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Clubbed Thumb Will Celebrate Pam MacKinnon At 2018 Gala

Clubbed Thumb Will Celebrate Pam MacKinnon At 2018 Gala Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb (Maria Striar, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Bulger, Associate Artistic Director) will honor director and outgoing Board Chair Pam MacKinnon (The Parisian Woman, Amélie) at the 2018 Clubbed Thumb Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Etsy Headquarters (117 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201).

Special guests for the celebration include Academy Award nominee Uma Thurman (The Parisian Woman), Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park, The Low Road), Jason Biggs (The Heidi Chronicles), Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo (Amélie, Hamilton) and Itamar Moses (The Band's Visit).

"As both an artist and an advisor, Pam has been a part of Clubbed Thumb since its inception. She directed a play at the very first Summerworks, and as recently as last June directed a reading as part of the 22nd Summerworks by then-early career writers group member Angela Hanks," said Maria Striar. "Over the years, she has directed plays by Chuck Mee, Carson Kreitzer, Deborah Eisenberg, Erin Courtney and Gina Gionfriddo for us. We will miss having Pam on our board terribly, but we're so excited by the new opportunities that lie ahead of her at the helm of American Conservatory Theater."

Over the course of her 25-year career, Pam has become one of American theater's most beloved directors and supporter of new American Playwrights. She has directed more Broadway plays than any other woman, including Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for which she won a Tony Award for her direction, as well as the production receiving a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Other Broadway productions include Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park (Obie Award for Excellence in Directing); Amélie, A New Musical; Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles with Elizabeth Moss and Jason Biggs; and Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance with Glenn Close and John Lithgow.

Tickets for the gala range from $500 to $1,000 and can be purchased at clubbedthumb.org/gala. The gala is co-hosted by Josh Silverman, Jill and John Bishop and Mark Subias and United Talent Agency. Honorary committee members include Jujamcyn Theaters, The Shubert Organization, Schreck, Rose, Dapello, Adams, Berlin & Dunham LLP and the Clubbed Thumb Board of Directors.

Clubbed Thumb's SUMMERWORKS 2018 will run May 19 through June 30 at The Wild Project, located at 195 E. 3rd Street, New York 10009 - between Avenues A and B in Manhattan's East Village. Full casting will be announced soon. Festival passes are on sale now for $60 at https://www.artful.ly/clubbedthumb/store/passes.

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.

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 almost 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.


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