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 info@ma-yitheatre.org.

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 rsvp@theprivatetheater.org 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 www.MilwaukeeRep.com, 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 www.MilwaukeeRep.com, 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.

terrible Raves!

6 Oct
01 TT

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

The Milwaukee Rep‘s production of after all the terrible things I do opened last Friday, and it’s a hit! Below are the two reviews that have posted so far.

Rep’s world premiere ‘after all the terrible things I do’ smart, sensitive (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 4, 2014)

Searing “after all the terrible things I do” gets world premiere treatment (OnMilwaukee, October 4, 2014)

Also, as promised, here’s a link to the episode of WUWM’s Lake Effect (Milwaukee’s local NPR affiliate) in which May and I are interviewed about the play from 32:28 through 42:11. I also appeared on WCPT’s Out! Chicago program yesterday (Sunday), but those episodes aren’t posted online. I’ll see if I can get my hands on a clip of that for you.

Thanks again to everyone that has advocated, supported, and devoted themselves to this play. I am thrilled at my first Midwest premiere, gladdened by the favorable response, and am hopeful that this won’t be my last of either!

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 www.MilwaukeeRep.com, 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.

after all the terrible things I do Opens Tonight!

3 Oct

After many, many months, we’re here at last: the opening night for The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s world premiere production of after all the terrible things I do.

There’s not really much else to say, except to reiterate how amazed I am by the work of all my collaborators. I hope that you can join us for what we want to be a moving, thought-provoking, and gorgeous evening at the theatre tonight and so many more nights and afternoons until November 9.

I’ll leave you with one last preview article and as further press comes out I’ll keep you posted (I should have a link to an NPR interview May and I did by next week at the latest and a live radio appearance to tell you about before the weekend is through).

Milwaukee Rep keeps mum about its ‘unforgivable’ world premiere (Wisconsin Gazette, October 2, 2014)
Every Part

after all the terrible things I do

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by May Adrales

starring Mark Junek and Sophia Skiles

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stiemke Studio
Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex
108 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

October 1 – November 9, 2014

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 www.MilwaukeeRep.com, 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.

Things Beautiful and terrible

2 Oct

Frank O'HaraOur second preview of after all the terrible things I do is tonight and in anticipation of our imminent opening on Friday, I would like to share a few poems by Frank O’Hara. I first read O’Hara’s Lunch Poems when a graduate school teacher gave me a copy. I enjoyed many of the poems, but for some reason my obsession didn’t quite kick in. A year or two later, though, I read O’Hara’s poem “Having a Coke With You” and the deal was sealed.

Although Frank O’Hara and aspects of his life and poetry are a big part of this play, here are two poems, neither of which appears or is mentioned in the script. They are a couple of my favorites, however, and both of them have relationships to the play that, for now, I’ll leave a mystery. Click the links below to read (so that I can respect copyright and all that jazz and not post them without permission):

POEM (The eager note on the door said, ‘Call me,’) published in Meditations in an Emergency

Personal Poem published in Lunch Poems

Frank O'Hara

Click here to buy tickets to after all the terrible things I do, now playing at The Milwaukee Rep.

Nice Previews Before Our First terrible Preview

1 Oct

Break UpTonight is the night!

In anticipation of our first preview of after all the terrible things I do at 7:30pm this evening and our opening on Friday, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a preview article touching on the themes and inspirations for the play. Personally, I’m loving the Frank O’Hara shout outs!

Milwaukee Rep explores effects of bullying in ‘terrible things’ (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 1, 2014)

Another preview appeared in OnMilwaukee where my amazing (amazingamazingamazing) cast spoke with their Matt Mueller. I’m so touched by their compliments and am glad that the show has been so fun for them!

‘after all the terrible things I do’ brings tough issues to The Rep (OnMilwaukee.com, October 1, 2014)

We had a small invited dress rehearsal last night, and are excited for our first actual audience. There are still a few seats left — it being a preview and all — but, if I can be just a little bit braggy, we’re ready for people to come see the show. I’m not saying there won’t be any adjustments in the next couple of days, but they’re definitely the sorts of adjustments that come from watching people watch the show. So come buy tickets and come by the theatre tonight, and you’ll be doing us a favor.

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