New York Times: At Clubbed Thumb, Nurturing a Theater of the Weird



On a cool and sunny Thursday afternoon, the cast of “Tumacho,” a new play with music by Ethan Lipton, gathered at 440 Studios in the East Village to rehearse. It’s a western tale with country-influenced songs, and Celia Keenan-Bolger and her husband, John Ellison Conlee, were singing on horses.

“And I will learn … ” the ensemble crooned.

Mr. Conlee: “I will learn to love my burdens.”

“I will leave … ”

Ms. Keenan-Bolger: “I will leave behind regret.”

It sounded like your typical aspirational, “I want” musical-theater song. Except for the part where a jaguar, played by Jennifer Lim, roared into the scene and pounced on Ms. Keenan-Bolger.

Read the rest here at the New York Times.


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