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Sundance and SPACE

1 Jun

© 2018 Sundance Institute | Photo by Lahcen Mella

I’m baaaaaaack!

As anticipated, the Sundance Theatre Lab in Morocco was amazing, and productive. It was also completely exhausting — in the good, “I did so much work while also learning about a whole new culture/country” way.

It’s a good thing I had another residency right afterward so I could recover from that one.

As announced while I was on the other side of the ocean, I will be a Working Farm resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm for summer 2018. I’m working on a whole new piece that’s all kinds of ambitious, which I hope to tell you more about when more of it is done. With all the large cast pieces I’ve done before (Out of Joint, A Spare Me, A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name), this one breaks even more boundaries, so wish me luck.

While I miss with all those amazing, creative, and generous souls in the picture way up top, it has been soothing to nurse my heartache with this new crew of amazing, creative, and generous souls in upstate New York. I hope you’ll join us for our roving dinner in September! Or, if you’re a resident in one of the many other programs here, perhaps I’ll see you at SPACE, too.

I am so grateful to all the folks at Sundance and SPACE. It’ll be tough to ever top Summer 2018.

Finally, a little fall teaser for you… Details are still being ironed out, but I’ll be headed back to Actors Theatre of Louisville this fall to work with the Professional Training Company once again. More on that soon!

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Blood in Your Blood at Sundance

4 May

We leave for Morocco tomorrow night, and I’m beyond excited that I’m heading over with an amazing company!

As announced at last, the company for Blood in Your Blood will be Amy Hill, Teresa Avia Lim, Alano Miller, Jeffrey Omura, and Micah Stock. I’m thrilled that the lovely Lisa Peterson will be directing and honored to be paired with Janice Paran as dramaturg. I’m so lucky to be hanging in North Africa with some old friends and such distinguished new colleagues. In fact, everything about this workshop seems like a gift from heaven at this point.

I can’t wait to get to work!

While there are no public presentations at the Lab, I’ll do my best to keep you posted on future developments, and here’s another tree troll for your enjoyment.

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Blood in Your Blood

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by Lisa Peterson

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 Amy Hill, Teresa Avia LimAlano MillerJeffrey Omura, and Micah Stock

Sundance Theatre Lab
Fellah Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco
May 5 – 27, 2018

Morocco, Here I Come!

11 Apr

Marrak-YAAAAAAAS!!!

The secret is out, thank god (because let’s be frank: I was so excited that I was pretty crap at keeping this secret. So thank you, all of you, who kept it for me after I whispered it to you)!

I am so grateful, excited, and all kinds of other emotions to be joining the Sundance/MENA crew at the Theatre Lab in Morocco this summer. Lisa Peterson and I are reuniting to take apart and put back together Blood in Your Blood, an early draft of which you may have caught at a past LabFest. And since this year’s lab is filled with so many friends, I know we’re going to have a fun and super productive time.

Casting is still underway, but I’ll keep you posted on how that all turns out.

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 chris@ma-yitheatre.org.

 

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