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Blood in Your Blood in Ma-Yi’s Fall LabFest

26 Oct

I found a tree troll.

My newest play Blood in Your Blood will be heard publicly for the very first time ever as part of Ma-Yi’s 2017 Fall LabFest next Monday. Once again I have a stellar team (how do I get so lucky? — seriously, now), and I’m so excited to share this play for the first time.

Details are below but beyond just plot and characters, this play could probably use a bit of context. Between A Power Play: Or, What’s-its-name, Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us, and a little one act I wrote called A Thing, it’s pretty clear that my playwriting post-2016 election has become more directly political. In particular, unseating ideas of white supremacy, male supremacy, and white male supremacy has sort of taken over my brain.

This play started when I was in residence this past January with Serenbe Playhouse who tasked visiting artists to create plays inspired by sites within Serenbe. During my time in that lovely, progressive, rural Georgia community, I sketched out a few scenes that took place under a tree. The scenes weren’t inspired just by the site; I wondered what had been in this idyllic environment before Serenbe existed. Were their secrets buried in this community’s origins? (It’s America, so, I mean, aren’t there always?) How do people live knowing the difficult, possibly violent history of the land they occupy? And with racism shoving itself into the foreground of every conversation these days, that’s what I’ve been writing about since January.

And about a dirty ol’ tree troll who talks about popping wood when young men sit on his face.

Come join us Monday! There’s something for everyone.

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Blood in Your Blood

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Star-crossed lovers, fractured time, and a lusty troll are all connected to the violent, buried history of Cora’s family. In her quest to find out how, Cora discovers an enchanted tree that might have the answers tangled up in its roots. But once she digs up the past, what will she do with it?

with Alton Alburo, Wyatt FennerJames Lloyd ReynoldsMaureen Sebastian, and Ching Valdes-Aran

Ma-Yi’s 2017 Fall LabFest
Ma-Yi Studio, 260 West 35th Street, Room 203
October 30 @ 7pm

Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. Please email



A Power Play is at The Atlantic TONIGHT!!!

17 Aug

Wait — to win an election a politician gets in bed with unscrupulous forces that then prove uncontrollable when they empower unstable people and incite violence? I wrote a play about that???


Last night at The Atlantic Theater Company‘s Asian-American Mixfest you got to see some actual Nazi-punching thanks to Qui Nguyen and the War is F**king Awesome! team. Tonight the A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name team will take on our political establishment for embracing systems that somehow put us in a position of having to punch Nazis again. Also, cocklebread (link NSFW).

We’ve had a great time in rehearsals crafting this sucker. Join us tonight at 7pm!

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A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by May Adrales

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

with Ethan Dubin, Will HochmanJason LiebmanTeresa Avia LimSarah NealisMaulik PancholyTijuana Ricks, Mirirai Sithole, Luis Vega, and Rocky Vega

Asian American MixFest
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street
August 17 @ 7pm

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email


A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name in The MixFest

7 Aug

ZOIKS! One of my most topical, experimental, ambitious, fun, and bizarre plays is getting a workshop and reading next week!

The Atlantic Theater Company is doing something amazing with their new work festival this month: they’re presenting the some of the awesomest playwrights in their first ever Asian-American MixFest! Not only are so many of these playwrights, directors, and actors my friends, colleagues, and the people to whom I literally owe my career (and, at times, sanity), but I get to present this crazy piece of which I am so, so proud.

Also, some of you might know that back in the day Sweet Baby Rey was an actor training at the Atlantic Theater Company through NYU. I’m sure you can imagine how excited am I to make a return as a grown up playwright. I’ve seen many a show there and admired (and hired) their graduates, but this is a whole other level.

To say, then, that A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name in the Asian-American MixFest directed by May Adrales at the Atlantic Theater Company alongside the work of Carla Ching, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Rajiv Joseph, Qui Nguyen, Jiehae Park, Ralph Peña, Madhuri Shekar, Lloyd Suh, and Leah Nanako Winkler is a dream come true is not an exaggeration. And the directors — ! And the casts — ! Take a look at all the folks involved in this Playbill article. (Also, look: Rajiv and Lauren Yee are in their 2017 – 18 season!)

This MixFest is going to be a weeklong party of ass-kicking theatre artists at the height of their artistic powers. Come join us for the kick-off panel this Wednesday at 5:00pm, see the readings the whole week through, and then join my team as we close out the festival with A Power Play on August 17 at 7pm!

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A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by May Adrales

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

with Ethan Dubin, Will HochmanJason LiebmanTeresa Avia LimSarah NealisMaulik PancholyTijuana Ricks, Mirirai Sithole, Luis Vega, and Rocky Vega

Asian American MixFest
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street
August 17 @ 7pm

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email


Keen Teens 2017!

10 May

My short play Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us is part of Keen Company’s 2017 Keen Teens Festival of New Works this weekend, May 12 – 14! You’ll also have a chance to catch two other new short pieces by Boo Killebrew and Eleanor Burgess on this triple bill.

Zi Alikhan is directing brilliantly and with the fullest heart. I’m very excited to have these young thespians tackle such an emotional play. Many of you know what a huge fan I am of Tilda Swinton, others might also know how deeply saddened I am by her recent myopia. It’s enough to make you want to throw a chair… or ten… or to have teenage actors throw them for you…

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Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us

by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Zi Alikhan

An actress’s fan club finds its survival threatened when the actions of their beloved icon leave the group sharply divided on how to respond. Discovering that they can’t address this incident without acknowledging broader cultural truths, they realize the only way forward is to discuss the difficult and complicated things we don’t like talking about.

Saman Bayako, Petra Brusiloff, Marina Davey, Jake Dylan, Tashi Everett, Maeve Farrell, Natalya Gammon, Irene Lauren, Sadie Parker, and Craig Steely, Jr.

assistant director
Henry Nettleton

assistant stage manager
Marisa Ayerst

2017 Keen Teens Festival of New Work
The Lion Theatre in Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street (btw 9th and 10th)
Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14, 2017
Get Tickets

What’s Next and Who’s Next

20 Jun

TASS16Summer Shorts 2016 is upon us! And my one-act play This is How It Ends will be part of Series A when it starts previews on July 22, 2016 at 59E59. I’m thrilled to be working on this bit of madness with Ed Iskandar in our first chance to collaborate since The Mysteries oh, so long ago. Some of you will recall that I wrote for Actors Theatre of Louisville anthology The End back in 2011. I basically took those scenes and turned them into a complete play, which will be premiering at Summer Shorts.

PrideYou can get tickets here and find further information about the full evening in these announcements from Broadway World and Playbill.

Speaking of Playbill, have you been to a Broadway show this month? There’s an interview with me in the Pride Edition of Playbill on page 13. I’m so excited and honored to be among all of these amazing LGBTQA artists and to be featured in this way, because, I mean, I’m a big ol’ queer!!! There’s a longer version of the profile online as well:

Who’s Next: A. Rey Pamatmat, Playwright (Playbill, June 12, 2016)

And speaking of queers, Picture 24, Part 1 of my big queer cycle, was an O’Neill finalist. Check it out here. And very soon I’ll have some news about Part 3…

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and that you can join me for some of mine.

A Summer Shotgun Workshop

9 May

Before I run away for the summer, I’ve got one more piece to share with you. My murder mystery The Shotgun Message will have workshop presentations this week as part of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts‘s Main Stage Live series. Director Adam Fitzgerald and I have been spending the last three weeks rehearsing with Academy students and alumni, and we’ll be showing a semi-staged version of the play to give just a hint of what the play could be fully produced.

Come join us May 11 – 14 @ 7pm and help us continue to develop this new piece! For those who’ve seen earlier incarnations, I’ve added a new scene near the end of the play and cleaned up all the rest. We’ll also have sketches of the play’s projections and video for the first time. Presentations are free, and you can reserve seats here (just scroll down near the bottom of the page).

And thanks again for everyone’s support for after all the terrible things I do and House Rules. Both productions were an absolute delight and — thanks to you all — a success.

More soon…

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portrait_companyThe Shotgun Message

by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Adam Fitzgerald

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 Hugh BullerConnor DelvesMarie Dinolan, Alexander HodgeEmmy Tanzy, and Melody Vargas

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts , Mary MacArthur Theatre
120 Madison Avenue
Wednesday, May 11th – Saturday, May 14th @ 7:00 p.m.

Click here for reservations.

House Rules on ABS-CBN New York!

14 Apr

Jesús Maria Josep — House Rules made it onto the Filipino news. Look at how cool Jojo is and at what a spazz I am! What the what???

I have nothing to say about this except thank you ABS-CBN, and here’s that link for tickets all over again. Only four shows left. Ma-Yi‘s production at HERE Arts Center must close Saturday, 4/16!

Final Week of House Rules

12 Apr

HOUSERULES_artby_NoahScalin-404x270I can’t believe it, but there are only 6 performances left of Ma-Yi‘s world premiere production of House Rules. You’ve heard me say a hundred times who delighted I am by this show, director, company, and production team, but you’ve never seen this trailer! So here!!!

HOUSE RULES Trailer from Ma-Yi Theater Company on Vimeo.

Get tickets here before they’re all gone!

People Not Plot Points

9 Apr

Lisa Tejero as Linda and Colin Sphar as Daniel.

We’re in the final weekend of About Face Theatre‘s critically-acclaimed and audience-adored production of after all the terrible things I do in Chicago, and we’re just about to start the final week of Ma-Yi Theatre Company‘s critically-acclaimed and conversation starting production of House Rules in New York.

I am incredibly grateful to the directors, casts, and creative teams of both these shows and incredibly proud of the work we’ve done, not just because it’s fun to put on a show. I’m also excited that so many people in the theatre — audiences, artists, and journalists — have responded so positively to stories centered on people who seldom get to be the most important people in their own stories.

You have three chances left to see after all the terrible things I do and nine chances left to catch House Rules. Don’t miss them! Get tickets here and here.

In that vein, take a look at this article published on Playbill last week in which Olivia Clement interviewed the cast of House Rules and myself about the play and Asian-American stories.

Why We Need to Start Telling a Different Kind of Asian-American Story (Playbill, April 7, 2016)

House Rules

Tina Chilip as Twee, Jeffrey Omura as JJ, James Yaegashi as Rod, and Tiffany Villarin as Momo

And here’s an interview of me from Stage Buddy talking about being a writer of color, developing work, and the Ma-Yi Labbies’ pursuit of world domination.

Interview: 5 Questions with “House Rules” Playwright Rey Pamatmat (Stage Buddy, April 6, 2016)

And if you want to hear me and a bunch of people WAY COOLER THAN ME speak in person about diversity in the theatre, the McCarter Theater and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts has organized a day long symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of the delivery of August Wilson’s speech “The Ground from Which I Stand.” The event is called The Ground On Which We Stand: Diversity and Opportunity in the American Theatre, Twenty Years After August Wilson’s Foundational Speech. I’ll be around for the whole symposium and will participate in the second panel that day “The Ground from Which We Step: Wilson’s Legacy and Our Contemporary Conversations” with Vivienne Benesch (who, by the way, taught me acting one summer a million years ago!), Polly Carl, Jade King Carroll, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.


Lisa Tejero as Linda and Colin Sphar as Daniel.

I’d love to see you there. More importantly, though, come see the shows to experience the work and ideas in action and to support the “normalization” of the American Theatre (I’ve got some issues with using the word “diversity” — sue me). Those ticket links again are here for terrible things and here for House Rules.


6 Apr
House Rules

Mia Katigbak as Vera

First, two more great reviews!

“With a light hand on some heavy issues, Pamatmat digs into sex, sexuality, assimilation, and even abuse, seen through the eyes of two sets of siblings. Despite the serious subject matter, he makes these vibrant characters often a joy to watch.”

“Pamatmat avoids cute, neat categorization for these complex characters… Director Ralph B. Peña keeps the cross-cut action hopping… Katigbak ignites a warmth on stage that draws us all in.”

Review: House Rules at HERE Arts Center
Exeunt Magazine, April 5, 2016)

“Pamatmat’s story is well told and there are many truths to be found. What makes his writing most effective is the fact that, like life, there is not a total resolve for his character’s conflicts. Sometimes, self-will and communication fails us. Fortunately, Pamatmat’s play does not.”

Reviews: House Rules & The Humans (Manhattan Digest, April 5, 2016)

Next up, the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) made an awesome Meet the Theatre video for Ma-Yi Theatre Company! Want to see me be super nervous and talk about Sam Chanse’s play with the dancing morel? Then, get a load of this:

Ma-Yi Theater Company — a Meet the Theatre film from Theatre Development Fund (tdf) on Vimeo.

Also, we have more promo videos for House Rules. Just FYI, I didn’t script these things. My cast is just this clever, and Rehana Lew Mirza’s editing is just that silly.

HOUSE RULES – Mahjong vs Monopoly from Ma-Yi Theater Company on Vimeo.

HOUSE RULES – Rod and Henry from Ma-Yi Theater Company on Vimeo.

Finally, I was fortunate enough to chat with Arpita Mukherjee at Stagebuddy about House Rules and Asian-American Theatre at large. You can find that interview here.

House Rules runs until April 16th, and tickets are available here. Don’t miss it!

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