Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut. Sometimes You OM.

26 May

You. People.

You AMAZING people.

after all the terrible things I do and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, their directors, and I got amazing coverage in last Friday’s Boston Globe (sorry, I was going into previews and didn’t have a chance to let you know sooner).

A double feature from playwright Pamatmat, (The Boston Globe, May 21, 2015)

Maria Jan Carreon (as Edith) and Gideon Bautista (as Kenny) in “Edith.” (Paul Fox)

Maria Jan Carreon (as Edith) and Gideon Bautista (as Kenny) in “Edith.” (Paul Fox)

I’m delighted to say that for once — even though I sound like a bit of a nut — I actually sound like myself! WOW. That’s just weird. The yoga thing makes me look crazy. The relationship to my plays and autobiography make me sound like Daniel (in terrible things). All in all, though, these are all things I said and meant to say.

WBUR has also published a wonderful article about the shows and my work with thoughts from the directors and casts of both plays, which you can find here. It is so encouraging to hear them say publicly how happy they are to portray characters of color I’ve written. I’m just grateful to be given the chance to bring these characters to new audiences and to them for taking on these voices in my head!

The Huntington And Company One Bring Pamatmat To Boston, (WBUR’s The ARTery, May 26, 2015)

Tina Chilip plays Linda in

Tina Chilip plays Linda in “all the terrible things I do.” (Paul Marotta)

Our first weekend of previews for terrible things was a great success with not only a positive response to every preview performance, but with talkbacks attended by people who totally understood and emotionally connected with the play! We’ve got 9 previews left between now and next Tuesday. Come join us, the show is absolutely ready, and I’m excited to share it with you.

Which brings me back to that first, “You. People.” I want to say thanks to you all for your support for and attention to my work. Being able to articulate myself clearly both about my plays and about being an artist of color is directly related to your engagement. I look forward to whatever future engagements we may have.

OM. Shanti, shanti, shanti. OM. (It’s a joke. Read the top of The Globe article. Also, in that regard, I’ve been practicing in Boston at Down Under Yoga in Brookline. The teachers have been very welcoming, and it’s been a wonderful place to maintain my practice. Check them out the next time you’re in the area!)

Pre-Show Press Previews

21 May

Preview performances for The Huntington Theatre Company’s production of after all the terrible things I do begin tomorrow! As always, I’m equal parts excitement and nervousness, although you thankfully can’t tell in this behind the scenes video the HTC crew have put together.

The press office has also posted this article by Molly Fitzmaurice introducing my work to our new Boston audience, and an interview of Clint Ramos our amazing set and costume designer by Charles Haugland.

A. Rey Pamatmat Gets to the Heart

Creating the World: An Interview with Designer Clint Ramos

Thank you all for making me look good and sound smart and stuff!

Last but certainly not least, Dig Boston has published an interview with Zach Booth who is starring as Daniel. It is a very thoughtful take not just on his character but on the larger themes of the play.

Devil’s Advocate (Dig Boston, May 20, 2015)

Please enjoy reading these well-articulated ruminations rather than watching me pace in the corner muttering, “Preview tomorrow. Preview tomorrow. PreviewtomorrowpreviewtomorrowPREVIEWTOMORROW!!!” to myself.

Pamatmat Double Feature!

6 May maxresdefault

As stated previously:


maxresdefaultThe Huntington is in rehearsals for the New England premiere of after all the terrible things I do, Company One is in rehearsals for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and I can barely believe that in one month’s time you will be able to see two of my plays running simultaneously at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Calderwood Pavilion. This Spring Arts Preview in the Improper Bostonian says it’s true, though, so… And there’s this fancy-schmancy write up in American Theatre(!):

A. Rey Pamatmat Looks Behind ‘all the terrible things’ for Answers, American Theatre, April 30, 2015

Rehearsals at the Huntington are an intense reminder of both how terrifying and hopeful this play can be, and I’m eager to share it with a whole new audience. I’ve also had the great pleasure this past month of meeting with the Company One folks (including the Edith cast) and am thrilled to have my play in such considerate, caring hands.

edith-slider2To that end, check out this amazing rehearsal blog the Company One dramaturgy team have put together. In one way it’s insane seeing the varied influences for a play (and life) analyzed in such depth, but in another it’s enormously comforting. Is it possible to feel so deeply understood by a handful of articles on the Internet?

Finally, the performance schedules have been set, and there are six double feature opportunities on June 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, and 20. You may also, of course, see terrible things on it’s own May 22 – June 21 or Edith on it’s own June 4 – 27, but we are trying to put together panels and events for those double feature days, if you wanted to make a whole outing of it. I’ll post that info when it’s available.

Spread the word, Boston! We’re all so grateful for the hospitality and would like to repay it with an evening (or two) of fun and surprises.

American Theatre Company 10 x 10 Festival: Ferguson

8 Mar

Tomorrow at Chicago’s American Theatre Company there will be a free evening of short plays all written in response to last summer’s (and fall’s) events in Ferguson, Missouri (and beyond). Information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Please join us and help transform this painful moment in history into a positive one, inspiring action.

A photo of the New York City protest following the grand jury's dismissal of charges against Darren Wilson.

A photo of the New York City protest following the grand jury’s dismissal of charges against Darren Wilson.

My pieces I Am in a Dark Place Today and Am Unable to Write a Play and Winning will be directed by Hutch Pimentel, who directed the First Floor Theater production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them earlier in the year. I discuss them and talk generally about playwriting in this interview on Jacqueline Lawton’s blog, where you can also find interviews of all of this year’s 10 x 10 playwrights.

My last time in the 10 x 10 Festival I ended up writing a scene that evolved into House Rules. So thank you American Theatre Company for asking me to participate again and on an issue that has really made my head spin.

House Rules, Take Two

13 Feb operation

Remember when I had that reading of that play oh, so many years ago that just kind of appeared and then disappeared just as quickly? Probably not, because I didn’t invite too may people.

In case you haven’t figured it out: I really hated that play. It was an unfocused mess, lacking a strong raison d’être, and too scared to be about what it was really about.

So… I rewrote that play. Not like, revised. Like, I actually started over, wrote it again, and this time managed to shoot closer to the mark. This new draft of House Rules is very clearly about mortality and that feeling of panic when you realize the elders who guide you are eventually all going to be gone. The play also explores what this means when you’re the child of immigrants and your primary connection to your parents’ native country is about to be severed. Also, it’s funny.

Ma-Yi will be doing a reading of the newest draft next weekend as part of Winter LabFest, and I’ve been blessed with an amazing cast. It will be a very exploratory affair — the actors may even be sitting around a table reading with no staging. I would love for you to join us, though, for this first look (take two) as I test out what works and what doesn’t, what’s moving and what’s falling flat.

Details are below — see you next Sunday!

operationHouse Rules

Or, The Wrong Dude

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Rod knows the game is fixed. JJ hates his hand. Twee doesn’t think winning is enough. Momo’s learning the rules. And why the hell is Henry still playing? Two pairs of siblings (and some guy named Henry) panic when they realize their parents won’t always be around holding all the cards.

With Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Teresa Avia Lim, Evan Maltby, Jon Norman Schneider, Moses Villarama, and Tiffany Villarin

Ma-Yi Writers Lab’s Winter LabFest
Ma-Yi Studio, 260 West 35th Street, Room 203
Sunday, February 22 @ 3:00 pm

All LabFest readings are FREE. To make reservations, RSVP to

A Private Shotgun Reading

7 Jan

Tonight’s the night! I’m thrilled to be rehearsing all day and then presenting this filthy piece of sex panic-inducing anxiety in the living room of Kathleen Chalfant’s private Brooklyn home. No, really.

The reading was fully booked before you could say, “You’ve got mail!” However, there is a wait list and given the weather and this nasty flu that’s going around, I’m sure we’ll squeeze in anyone who shows up somehow (two of my own friends have already cancelled due to illness).

Details are below. Directions to the location will be sent to you after you RSVP.

DoughnutsThe Shotgun Message

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Evan T. Cummings

Journalist Kent MacDonald is no saint and certainly no savior. At least he never meant to be until 17-year-old Jared — the primary source of his article on teenage camwhores — winds up missing after turning in his pedophile clients to the FBI. In a lurid world of online sex, naïve parents, and kids who know too much, it’s up to Kent to find Jared, bring him home, and save both their souls in the process.

with Dominic FumusaJennifer IkedaHarvey Gardner Moore, Teresa Avia Lim, and Jeffery Omura

Wednesday, January 7th @ 7:00 p.m.

RSVP to for location and directions.

A Shotgun New Year Before Edith Shoots Again

15 Dec

Every once in awhile I write a play that stuns people into a horrified silence. What can I say? Like Austin Powers, Danger is my middle name… yuk yuk.

My most recent play of this kind is The Shotgun Message, the murder mystery I wrote about teen camwhores, fathers and sons, and saviors who need saving. It is for noir lovers; it is not for the faint or heart. Luckily for me (and you?) the folks at The Private Theatre are of the stout-hearted sort, and they’ll be presenting a reading of this lurid trip to the underworld on Wednesday, January 7 to cap off their Winter Reading Series.  Evan Cummings is directing, and I’ll post more information once we’re cast!

ShotgunFollowing Shotgun‘s return, a certain 12-year-old girl with a gun will start making her way across the US again in productions of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at First Floor Theater in Chicago, Crowded Fire in San Francisco, Pandora Productions in Louisville, and the aforementioned Company One production in Boston. The San Francisco and Louisville productions have gotten a couple of mentions in American Theatre here and here (and take a look at the amazing playwrights and plays with whom I’m sharing seasons — WOW!).

Not a bad start for 2015, but I’ve got a couple of other irons in the fire, for which I’ll hopefully have something to show you soon! Until then, happiest of holiday to you and yours.

Final Performances at The Milwaukee Rep

9 Nov

“after all the terrible things I do” – Video Trailer from Milwaukee Repertory Theater on Vimeo.

Tonight after all the terrible things I do will be playing its final performances at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

To say that working in the Midwest with this team at this theatre was a delight would be the understatement of the year. I’m so very proud of the work we’ve done, grateful for the support we had in doing it, and humbled by the response of the Milwaukee critics and audience. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

There are two more chances to see the play today at 2:00 and 7:00 pm (and there are still some good seats available for the 7:00 pm, because we’re competing against a Packers game — have you ever heard of such a thing, my NYC friends?). Please join me at either or both performance before this gorgeous production becomes the stuff of sweetest memory.

A terrible Update and Announcement

20 Oct
Sophia Skiles as Linda and Mark Junek as Daniel. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Sophia Skiles as Linda and Mark Junek as Daniel. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Two more glowing reviews of The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of after all the terrible things I do have hit the Internet since that last opening week.

The Rep Presents Incomparable World Premiere (Broadway World, October 10, 2014)

Rep’s ‘all the terrible things’ well-crafted story (Greater Milwaukee Today, October 16, 2014)

Once again, I cannot believe this reception. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Milwaukee. I hope this is just the beginning of a long lasting friendship.

In terms of my site, I’ve added a terrible things Press page with pull quotes and links. I’ve also added a gallery of the promo materials, since I loved that marketing campaign so very much.

And, finally, one little announcement: I will be in Milwaukee for the closing weekend of the show, 11/6 – 9, 2014! I’ll be part of the talkback the evening of the 6th and at every evening performance of the show. Please come join me! I’m so very proud of what The Rep and the performers have done with the play, and I can’t wait to see this production out in style.

For full show information click here. To tweet, post, or tell us your own terrible things click here. Single Tickets for all of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 productions are now on sale and can be purchased through The Rep’s Ticket Office by calling (414) 224-9490, online 24/7 at, or in person at 108 E. Wells Street. Group tickets are also available for purchase by calling Group Sales Manager Joy Surber at (414) 290-5340.

Amazing Love Found after all the terrible things I do

8 Oct

Wisconsin’s alternative weeklies and blogs have now published their reviews for The Milwaukee Rep‘s production of after all the terrible things I do, and I can officially attach the adjective “critically-acclaimed” to our show! Three more raves:

A Milwaukee World Premiere, “after all the terrible things I do” at The Rep (MilwaukeeMag, October 5, 2014)

A Milwaukee Rep World Premiere, Empathy for ‘all the terrible things’ (Express Milwaukee, October 8, 2014)

Rep’s ‘terrible things’ probes interactions between bullies and their victims (Wisconsin Gazette, October 8, 2014)

Closing Shift

Mark Junek as Daniel and Sophia Skiles as Linda. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

I am so grateful for the warm reception, especially since I’m a Midwestern boy at heart. To share my work and speak to this community makes me happier than you can imagine, and I hope it’s just the beginning.

In addition, the Gallery for Michael Brosilow’s photos of The Rep’s production can now be found here (including that beauty up above). Once I figure out appropriate pull quotes, I’ll add a press page for the play.

For full show information click here. To tweet, post, or tell us your own terrible things click here. Single Tickets for all of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 productions are now on sale and can be purchased through The Rep’s Ticket Office by calling (414) 224-9490, online 24/7 at, or in person at 108 E. Wells Street. Group tickets are also available for purchase by calling Group Sales Manager Joy Surber at (414) 290-5340.


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