The Shotgun Message at Ma-Yi’s LabFest

21 Feb

You’ve heard me talking about it for months, and now is your chance to get first look at the new play!

The Shotgun Message

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Pat Diamond

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 Alex Hernandez, Jennifer Lim, Teresa Avia Lim, James Lloyd Reynolds, and Tom E. Russell

Presented by Ma-Yi Theatre Company at The Beckett Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, Saturday, February 25 @ 2:30 p.m.

For information on all the Winter LabFest readings, click here.

Shotgun is the play I was talking about when the New York Times announced that I received the PONY Fellowship. It is loosely based on the story of Justin Berry — a boy who got a webcam at the age of 13 and over the course of 4 years started out as a camwhore, then became a realtime prostitute, eventually began helping other teenagers follow the same path, and then started turning his clients in to the FBI. After marrying this story with my love of Ross MacDonald murder mysteries, The Shotgun Message was born.

It’s a definite return to a darker part of my consciousness. If you were introduced to me through Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them or Out of Joint, though, I hope you’ll still give this tale about another kind of lost, abandoned children a chance to work on your imagination. Besides, you’ll get to see several old friends play around with a new play, including Pat Diamond (who directed the world premiere of Thunder Above, Deeps Below), Jennifer Lim (who starred in DEVIANT and recently made a star turn in David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish on Broadway), and Teresa Lim (who first brought Edith to life at the 2011 Humana Festival).

See you Saturday!

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