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Clubbed Thumb lauds ‘Greedy’

Playwright Gajdusek honored with commission

Clubbed Thumb Theater Company has put its finger on a winner.

The Gotham-based company has awarded its inaugural biennial playwright commission to Karl Gajdusek, author of play proposal “Greedy.”

Competition, which poses a theme to serve as a jumping-off point for the proposal, received 161 entries before “Greedy” nabbed the $15,000 commission.

“We received applications from all over the country, and were moved and excited by the remarkable quality of the work submitted,” said Meg MacCary, co-artistic director of Clubbed Thumb.

“Greedy” is a comedy about an emailed plea for money with the promise of big returns. In the wake of this offer, five people struggle with their greed, hope, desire and integrity.

Gajdusek is a member of Annex Theater in Seattle and founder of Theater E in San Diego, where he lives. He was a story editor on Showtime’s “Dead Like Me.”

Founded in 1996 by MacCary and Maria Striar, Obie Award-winning Clubbed Thumb created the biennial commission to encourage the writing of plays that consider the relationships between truth, power, history and personal responsibility. The theme for 2005-06 is “Yamashita’s Gold.”

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