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Grief Hotel


Clubbed Thumb's GRIEF HOTEL at The Public Theater
Shiva March 20 - April 27, 2024 80 minutes, no intermission

The Public Theater Welcomes 
Clubbed Thumb's  
By Liza Birkenmeier  
Directed by Tara Ahmadinejad 
In partnership with New Georges 

The Obie Award-winning production of GRIEF HOTEL from Clubbed Thumb's acclaimed Summerworks returns for a limited engagement at The Public. 

Loss is fast, but grief is slow. Aunt Bobbi’s going to try to make everyone feel better, even though her parties are cursed. 

Written by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Tara Ahmadinejad, both of whom received Obie Awards for their work on this production, GRIEF HOTEL features the original cast: Susan Blommaert, Nadine Malouf, Bruce McKenzie, Ana Nogueira, Susannah Perkins and Naren Weiss. 

Note: Clubbed Thumb is in residency at The Public. GRIEF HOTEL is not a Public Theater production.


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Susan Blommaert

Aunt Bobbi 

Susan Blommaert Some Theatre: The Metal Children, Mary Rose, Phaedra (Vineyard Theatre); Measure For Pleasure, Fucking A (The Public Theatre); Dr. Ride’s American Beach House (Ars Nova).  Some Film: The Kitchen, John Wick 3, Doubt, United 93, Pet Sematary, Edward Scissorhands.  Some TV: The Blacklist, New Amsterdam, Elementary, Louie, The Good Wife, The Sopranos, The X-Files and most recently, Dead Ringers. 

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Nadine Malouf


Nadine Malouf Off-Broadway: Montag (SohoRep); The Vagrant Trilogy, A Bright Room Called Day (The Public). Dead Are My People (Next Door at NYTW); Intractable Woman, Oh My Sweet Land (The Play Company); queens, The Who & The What (LCT3); Today Is My Birthday, Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73). Regional: Yerma (Huntington); A ThousandSplendid Suns (Old Globe/ACT/Theatre Calgary); Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Television/film: “High Fidelity,” “High Maintenance,” “The Looming Tower,” The Volunteers, May in the Summer. Lincoln Center Theater’s 2019 Emerging Artist Award. 

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Bruce McKenzie


Bruce McKenzie Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention. Selected Off-Broadway: 10 Out Of 12 (Soho Rep); Big Love, Glory of the World (BAM Harvey), A Streetcar Named Desire (New York Theatre Workshop). Also: Weisses Rauschen, a solo performance at Ruhrfestspiele Recklingshausen and Theatre Freiburg. He has released ten albums in five countries and toured Europe and Japan with the band Maquiladora. 

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Ana Nogueira


Ana Nogueira NY Theater: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (The New Group), Mala Hierba and Engagements (both at Second Stage), I’m Pretty F*cked Up (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks), Bump (EST), Knives and Other Sharp Objects (The Public/LAByrinth) TV: Hightown, The Vampire Diaries, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods. Writing: Which Way to the Stage (world premiere at MCC 2022), Empathitrax (Colt Coeur).  

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Susannah Perkins


Susannah Perkins (they/them) Previous Clubbed Thumb credits: Travel, Turn Step; Every Angel Is Brutal. Broadway: Network. Off-Broadway: Judgment Day (Park Avenue Armory), The Low Road (The Public), The Wolves (Lincoln Center/The Playwrights Realm), The Rape Of The Sabine Women (The Playwrights Realm). Regional: Night Of The Iguana (A.R.T.). TV: "The Politician" (Netflix), "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon). Film: Lapsis (SXSW), Snakeeater, Enclosure. BFA: NYU Tisch. Obie and Drama Desk awards. 

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Naren Weiss


Naren Weiss is an actor/writer who has worked onstage (Second Stage, Kennedy Center, Geffen Playhouse, international), in TV (ABC, NBC, CBS, Comedy Central), and has written plays that have been performed across the globe (India, Singapore, South Africa, U.S.). Upcoming The Sketchy Eastern European Show at The Players Theatre (Mar. '24). 


Liza Birkenmeier
Tara Ahmadinejad
Scenic Design 
Mel Ng
Costume Design
Masha Tsimring
Lighting Design 
Jordan McCree
Sound Design & Composition 
Allison Raynes
Production Stage Manager 
Clubbed Thumb
Producing Theater
New Georges
Presenting Partner


Outstanding… a sneaky marvel…delicate haunting staging…overflows the stage in a great wave.

- Sara Holdren, NY Magazine
Grief Hotel heads in too wonderful a direction to spoil the particulars, but its emotional power — and the thing that necessitates and elevates it specifically as a piece of theater — is the way in which we bear witness

- Sara Holdren, NY Magazine