Do Not Stop the Press

23 Sep

2amtlogoAs many of you have likely heard, there’s been a mountain of controversy surrounding a now cancelled production of The Mikado that New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players were going to mount at NYU’s Skirball Center in December. Personally, I couldn’t handle the blatant racism that emerged and people’s carefulness in not calling out the racists. 2AMtheatre was awesome enough to give me a platform on which to express myself, and boy did I ever.

Important Poo by A. Rey Pamatmat (2AMtheatre.com, September 23, 2015)

Please feel free to blog, re-post, tweet, Facebook, and link the $#!% out of this one!

In addition, there have been a couple of articles on WBUR recently talking about Company One who produced Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them in Boston last spring. They’re not really about the play but rather about how it fits into Company One’s mission, and the innovative and energetic ways the theatre pursues that mission. Still, I had such a great time in Boston with them and the Huntington that I thought the articles were worth sharing.

How One Local Theater Is Connecting To The Diverse Audiences Of Tomorrow Today (WBUR’s The Artery, September 14, 2015)

Company One Has A Social Network All Its Own (WBUR’s The Artery, September 15, 2015)

The review kerfuffle surrounding that same production got ANOTHER mention in American Theatre. This time in an enlightening and oh, so necessary article on unconscious bias by colleague-in-arms Joy Mead. Please give this one a read! Not only does it collect fascinating facts, but it gives you plenty to chew on when experiencing new work or selecting it for production.

What Lies Beneath: The Truth About Unconscious Bias (American Theatre, September 21, 2015)

Finally, book land! Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them will be part of a Vintage Anthology coming out this winter called Plays for Three, edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold. And Linda’s final monologue from after all the terrible things I do will be printed in the new edition of Monologues for Actors of Color: Women, edited by Roberta Uno.

You know I’m excited about all of these articles and publications. As a queer playwright of color, knowing that my work is not only leaving an impression but potentially diversifying audiences’ experiences of theatre (and actors and people) and giving people of color jobs in the arts and the tools to succeed in those jobs — IT’S A GOOD FEELING.

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  1. Yellow Faces Talking Yellowface | A. Rey Pamatmat - February 17, 2016

    […] I previously wrote about the controversy in an article for 2amt, if you’d like some further context. […]

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