House Rules, Take Two

13 Feb

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

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