A Spare Me is Published

26 Mar

A Spare Me, the play I wrote for the students at the Professional Performing Arts School’s Waterwell Drama Program, is now available from Playscripts, Inc.! Order your copy, download an eScript, or license the play for performance here.

There’s also a quick and dirty interview of me on the Playscripts Blog with information about the play, how I started out writing, and some words of wisdom for other playwrights.

spareme-lgA Spare Me

by A. Rey Pamatmat

With Earth’s resources and population dwindling, humanity puts everything it has left into one final generation of children. They are selected for their genius and furnished with everything they could require — including genetically-engineered spare life forms that will ensure no child’s existence is ended by something as trivial as death. But when high school student Sel is replaced by his spare after a tragic accident, his friends begin to reconsider their own identities. As they uncover the dark secrets behind their own lives, both the children and the spares set out to prove they have minds of their own.

More terrible News

18 Mar

logoCheck out the Huntington Theatre Company’s official season announcement in the Boston Globe. If you skip to the end, you’ll see that finishing off their 2014 – 15 slate of plays is none other than after all the terrible things I do! After years of getting to know beautiful, brick red Boston through my visits to Cambridge and the A.R.T. Institute, I’m so delighted to be able to give the city on a hill it’s first look at my work. And, of course, I’m absolutely thrilled that it’s through this play. I’m also excited that Huntington’s Artistic Director Peter DuBois is directing. The work he’s been doing at the theatre (and beyond) has been so emotional, intelligent, and dangerous — the perfect combination for this play.

Broadway World also has the announcement with in depth looks at all of the Huntington’s 2014 – 15 plays. It even includes a quote that makes me sound a bit stuffy. But I did actually say exactly what they printed, so what can you do?

I can’t wait to start out 2014 – 15 as a cheesehead in Milwaukee and finish it out in Beantown. I’m like a burrito.

Super Exciting Double-Posting/Announcement Day, Part 2!!!

25 Feb

Milwaukee Rep LogoI sort of can’t believe it, but it’s on the Internet, so it must be real. Wait a minute… okay, so forget that first part and instead let’s say it’s real because I signed stuff. Like paper stuff. Now it’s real.

My play after all the terrible things I do will have it’s world premiere production at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre this fall. May Adrales, will be directing, reuniting us for our first major show since Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Here’s an additional link about the Rep’s season announcement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

I know what some of you are thinking: Rey, did you write a play that you didn’t even tell us about? At all? To clear up any confusion, the play used to bear the title And Right Now, but I no longer felt that title served the whole vision of the play. So, yes, this is the play with Linda and Daniel in the bookstore wrestling with issues of bullying, forgiveness, and the truth in between the lines of fiction that was commissioned, developed, and read at South Coast Rep, the Lark Play Development Center‘s Playwrights Workshop, and (of course) in the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

And so with thanks to all of those places, I hope you’ll join us at Milwaukee Rep in the fall to fully realize this script.

Super Exciting Double-Posting/Announcement Day, Part 1!!!

25 Feb

This is what I get for procrastinating. So I have two big pieces of news and rather than pick which to highlight, I’m going to write two posts today.

This first one, many of you have already seen on Playbill and Facebook and Broadway World and all over creation (good job Marketing team!). If you haven’t, then get out from under that stone — that can’t be comfortable.

MYSTERIESI am very fortunate to be included among the bevy of playwrights commissioned for The Mysteries at The Flea this Spring. It’s another theatrical extravaganza directed by Ed Iskandar of Exit Pursued by a Bear fame. The event itself is an adaptation of the York Mystery Plays for contemporary audiences and features The Flea’s resident company, The Bats. I was commissioned to adapt The Baptism, a.k.a. The Barbers’ Play, after off-handedly remarking how homoerotic it is to see two naked men in a river arguing about who should bathe whom first. And so, out of the River Jordan came my short play Something in the Water.

There are a lot of good friends and admired colleagues among these writers. Check out who they are and what The Flea has to say about the whole spectacle here. I’m so thrilled to be having my work presented in such a venerable space, and to have it alongside other writers I admire so much. This one is going to rock like the Bible has never rocked anyone ever before… except Peter. Just kidding. Bad Jesus joke. Okay, it’s time to just…

End, Part 1.

Mga Kasabihan/Words of Wisdom — Let’s Buy Some Boats!

17 Feb

nvc-logoTonight is the night!

Join me and the rest of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab for our one-night only benefit to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Yolanda/Typhoon Haiyan. We’ve put together an emotional, thoughtful, and hilarious evening of short plays that will showcase new Asian-American acting talent and raise awareness about the still troubled people in the Philippines who lost their lives and livelihoods to the storm.

We had a soul-stirring run through last night, and I couldn’t be more proud of what the playwrights, directors, and actors have put together. I’m not used to leading any charges and all that jazz, so I am beyond proud that what is going to be such an amazing event will be the first event I got to support as newly-appointed Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

All proceeds for the evening go the The Negrense Volunteers for Change, who will use the funds to build new fishing boats so Filipinos can go back to work and start rebuilding their communities in the wake of the storm. The ticket link will be up until this afternoon here. Check out the details (including a wine reception, raffle prizes, and free yoga classes) on Facebook or the Ma-Yi website. Read about the benefit on Broadway World here. Or just walk up to Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, at 6:30pm tonight and buy a ticket or make a donation for the 7:00 pm show.

Facing Our Truth — Now Through Monday

5 Feb

As I mentioned last week, Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege will be opening tonight at The National Black Theatre in New York. In addition, one-night only readings of the plays will be presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre/African Continuum Theatre Company in Washington, DC and The New World Performance Laboratory in Akron, OH.

Facing Our TruthOriginally commissioned by Keith Josef Adkins at The New Black Fest, these plays are all inspired by Trayvon Martin and the trial verdict of his shooter George Zimmerman. Not only are they incredible pieces of theatre trying desperately to make sense of injustice, but I get to see my play Some Other Kid presented with the work of friends whose talents have always amazed me. Please come see what Marcus Gardley, Mona Mansour, Dominique Morisseau, several other endlessly talented folks, and I have created and keep the issues of racial profiling and gun violence part of the national conversation.

Facing Our Truth runs February 5 – 10, and I will be at the opening  performance tonight and the closing performance on Monday. On the closing night performance, I’ll be joining the other playwrights for a talk back hosted by Piper Anderson. Click here for tickets and click here for an interview with the producers on ABC7.

Haiyan Aid, Social Justice, and Some News

27 Jan

I realize it’s a bit belated, but happy New Year to you all! There are a lot of things coming up this late winter/early spring, so get out your calendars!

Fishing BoatsFirst some news: at the beginning of this year, I was appointed co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab. I have been a member of the Lab since it’s founding by Sung Rno, and I’m looking forward to advocating for a group of writers for whom I have an unmeasurable amount of admiration, respect, and love. To kick off 2014, Ma-Yi is holding a benefit for the victims and survivors of Hurricane Yolanda/Typhoon Haiyan. It will feature new short plays by Labbies and will be hosted by Playwrights Horizons on February 17, 2014. Save the date and find preliminary information here.

In terms of shows, the first of a few of my short works that will be produced in 2014 goes up next month. From February 5 – 10, The National Black Theater will be presenting Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege. The evening includes my play Some Other Kid, which was commissioned by The New Black Fest following the George Zimmerman verdict last fall. I join the folks at the NBT for the opening night celebration on February 5th and for a panel discussion on February 10th. I’d love to see you there!

Photo by Paul Bestock

Photo by Paul Bestock

And, finally, I’m delighted for The Seattle Public Theater whose production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them won two Gypsy Rose Lee Awards. They brought home the 2013 awards for Excellence in Overall Theatre Production (Small Company), and Jose Abaoaog received Lead Actor for his portrayal of Kenny. They have all my congratulations and  endless thanks for sharing Edith with Seattle!

There will be more to announce in the weeks to come. Watch this space!

Out of Joint It.42 — Studio 42, That Is

23 Nov

IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIIIIIIIVE!!!

Yes, my monster of a time travel play Out of Joint is being read in Studio 42‘s aptly dubbed Unproducible Plays Series. Okay, yes, the short one-act version of Out of Joint has been produced, but let’s be frank: it’s a beast. And within a commercial New York City environment, it’s a challenge to present. So please come enjoy the bizarre 14-character, 7 set, time-bending adventure into the metaphysical souls of scientists, mall workers, refugees, and cult leaders.

Photo by Ben Arons

Photo by Ben Arons

Out of Joint

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Victor Maog

Dr. Kajish creates a time travel formula to save mankind by giving it endless second chances. But as people skip indiscriminately through time humiliating enemies, saving lives, and negotiating perfect vacations, the universe unravels in this romp through the recent future, the distant present, and a past still to come.

with Monica Bergstrand, Lauren Blumenfeld, Cindy Cheung, Cleo Gray, Ethan Hova, Jennifer Lim, Peter Kim, Lakisha May, LeRoy McClain, Erik Olson, Christina Pumariega, David Ross, Michael Vitaly Sazanov, and Steve Stout

Presented by Studio 42 at the MTC Rehearsal Studios
311 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor
Sunday, November 24 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wine will be served!

This cast is truly stellar, so don’t miss out.

Oh, and you haven’t seen that photo before, have you? That’s from the workshop of the play Victor and I worked on with projection designer Jared Mezzochi at The Lark thanks to The Flea’s Bats and funding from The Princess Grace Foundation. That’s Crystal Arnette as Dr. Kajish sending a signal across the time plane from 00,000.00, a.k.a. the beginning of time, obviously. When I have a moment, I’ll add the rest of those photos to the Out of Joint gallery.

A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name in LabFest at the Ma-Yi Studio

8 Nov

It’s been a very busy couple of months, and I’ve been writing up a storm. While it’s all for things in developmental stages, there will be a lot to show from several projects in 2014 and ’15. I’ll be sure to keep you posted until then.

In the meantime, the end of November is going to be a time for readings, readings, readings. Two of which are open to the public (hey, that’s you!). With necessary apologies for the short notice, the first reading will be of a brand-spanking new play that I developed ideas for in a workshop with the A.R.T. Institute and that I wrote while I was at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor this past summer.

RamA Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

After her district suffers a violent and heart-wrenching tragedy, State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

with Ethan DubinBobby FoleyMary Jane GibsonJennifer LimTeresa Avia LimErik OlsonChristina PumariegaJon Norman SchneiderCory Michael Smith, and Jennifer Tsay

2013 LabFest at the Ma-Yi Studio
260 West 35th Street, 2nd Floor
RSVP to info@ma-yitheatre.org

Come one, come all! You’ll get to see a play at the very beginning of it’s life and you’ll be providing me with some much needed insight into what is one of my more ambitious plays.

End of Summer Update

15 Aug

Even as I type this, I can’t believe Summer 2013 is already coming to an end. It’s been such an eventful one that July and now August are flying right by!

BlackFestAs you may have seen in the New York Times and Playbill, my latest news is that I’ve been commissioned to contribute to The New Black Fest‘s evening of short plays Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege. Like many of you, I was shocked by how un-shocked I was following the George Zimmerman verdict. And, like some of you, I was in New York City’s Union Square the following Sunday when the very emotional rally for Mr. Martin overflowed into the street and became a march. I am honored and delighted to be included among so many playwrights that I both respect and call my friends, and I hope my piece will contribute constructively and progressively to the dialogue on race in America.

In other news, I had a great time at Ground Floor and wrote a new play. I also spent a little time in Cambridge, MA with the A.R.T. Institute folks developing the same piece. This weekend I’m off with the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab for our biennial retreat, and I can’t wait to share the work with them! Hopefully, all of this development will mean that I can put together a reading for you folks to hear sometime this fall.

Finally, there will be more news to come about other large-scale collaborative pieces for which I’m very excited to be writing. As soon as everything is official, I’ll let you know! Keep your eyes peeled for some fun adventures in early 2014.

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