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Out of Joint It.42 — Studio 42, That Is

23 Nov


Yes, my monster of a time travel play Out of Joint is being read in Studio 42‘s aptly dubbed Unproducible Plays Series. Okay, yes, the short one-act version of Out of Joint has been produced, but let’s be frank: it’s a beast. And within a commercial New York City environment, it’s a challenge to present. So please come enjoy the bizarre 14-character, 7 set, time-bending adventure into the metaphysical souls of scientists, mall workers, refugees, and cult leaders.

Photo by Ben Arons

Photo by Ben Arons

Out of Joint

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Victor Maog

Dr. Kajish creates a time travel formula to save mankind by giving it endless second chances. But as people skip indiscriminately through time humiliating enemies, saving lives, and negotiating perfect vacations, the universe unravels in this romp through the recent future, the distant present, and a past still to come.

with Monica Bergstrand, Lauren Blumenfeld, Cindy Cheung, Cleo Gray, Ethan Hova, Jennifer Lim, Peter Kim, Lakisha May, LeRoy McClain, Erik Olson, Christina Pumariega, David Ross, Michael Vitaly Sazanov, and Steve Stout

Presented by Studio 42 at the MTC Rehearsal Studios
311 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor
Sunday, November 24 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wine will be served!

This cast is truly stellar, so don’t miss out.

Oh, and you haven’t seen that photo before, have you? That’s from the workshop of the play Victor and I worked on with projection designer Jared Mezzochi at The Lark thanks to The Flea’s Bats and funding from The Princess Grace Foundation. That’s Crystal Arnette as Dr. Kajish sending a signal across the time plane from 00,000.00, a.k.a. the beginning of time, obviously. When I have a moment, I’ll add the rest of those photos to the Out of Joint gallery.

An Out of Joint Princess

11 Aug

The Lark and The Bats of Flea Theatre fame will be presenting a workshop of Out of Joint in September, and I was awarded a Princess Grace Special Projects Grant to  cover the costs!

Patrick Page, A. Rey Pamatmat, Darron L. West Win 2012 Princess Grace Awards (Theatermania, August 8, 2012)

As you may recall, Out of Joint premiered at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp last summer as a one-act, and I have since developed into a full-length play with the help of the students at the Savannah College of Art and Design and The Magic Theatre. The next step? Work with Multimedia Designer Jared Mezzochi (who, by the way, was just awarded a Princess Grace Award himself!) to really make the new version of the play come to life in ways that bend all of space and time!

February Readings Coast to Coast

7 Feb

I’ve got two reading coming up! Here are the deets…

The Magic Theatre’s Asian Explosion 2012 begins this Thursday and includes a reading of the full-length version of Out of Joint (which was originally presented as a one-act at Perry-Mansfield this past summer). The reading will be directed by Sean San Jose of Intersection for the Arts and will feature a full cast of 14 actors. Yeah. 14. What am I nuts?

Out of Joint

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Sean San Jose

Dr. Kajish creates a time travel formula to save mankind by giving it endless second chances. But as people skip indiscriminately through time humiliating enemies, saving lives, and negotiating perfect vacations, the universe unravels in this romp through the recent future, the distant present, and a past still to come.

with Byron Abalos, Lauren Bloom, Catherine Castellanos, William Dao, Stephanie Dermott, Kat Evasco, Alex Hsu, Anna Ishida, Danielle Levin, Melissa Locsin, Stephen Muterspaugh, Brian Rivera, Liz Sklar, and Katie Tkel

At The Magic Theatre, Friday, February 10 @ 5:30 p.m. For more information please call the box office at (415) 441-8822

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If you happen to be a resident of my home coast (east, that is) and can’t catch my time travel shenanigans in San Francisco, don’t fret! Ma-Yi Theatre Company is doing a reading of The Shotgun Message two weeks later as part of the winter spate of LabFest Readings. For this one, I’ll be reunited with my long-time collaborator Pat Diamond, so it’s a bit of a family affair. We aren’t fully cast for this one yet, but I’ll let you know when we are!

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.

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

Two very different plays on two very different coasts. I’d love to see you at either or both!

Hello 2012!

7 Jan

Happy new year, everyone!

To start things off right, here’s a press release from Mu Performing Arts regarding their upcoming production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, the fourth and final production of the NNPN Rolling World Premier (but not the final production of Edith in 2012 — hooray!). There is a great passage about director Randy Reyes’s personal connection to the play that makes me believe we’re in good hands in Minnesota. If all goes as planned, I’ll be in Minneapolis for the opening night in March!

In other news, that previously mentioned first public reading of my murder mystery The Shotgun Message as part of Ma-Yi‘s LabFest series will be in mid-February. I also have a couple of visits to San Francisco in my near future; one in early February for a reading of Out of Joint at The Magic and a second in April for the Bindlestiff Studio’s West Coast premiere of Thunder Above, Deeps Below! I’ll post details for all of these opportunities to catch my work as they become available. Spring 2012 will then come to a close with B Street Theatre’s presentation of Edith in Sacramento, CA.

Finally, here’s a last little morsel from 2011: Manbites Dog’s production of Edith was honored in IndyWeek’s “Best  Triangle Theater of 2011” list for Best Direction, Best Ensemble, and Best Production! Congratulations to Jeff Storer and the cast for their amazing work.

I hope your 2012 is off to as excellent a start as mine!

From Peach to Apple

30 Oct

My last morning in Georgia has come, and I’ll be flying home to New York this afternoon. I had a lovely time at SCAD and Actor’s Express, and I hope that you can make it out to the show, if you’re in the area. Our opening night yesterday was a great success, and I felt welcomed and very much at home. Thanks, Atlanta!

In celebration of Georgia week, I’ve done some related updates to the site. I’ve updated the Press page for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them to include those glowing print reviews of the New Theatre production. The update includes two equally positive blog reviews that I hadn’t published here previously.

Cara Becker as Arc, Christopher Cowan as Bby, & Yadi Guevara-Prip as Indy in Out of Joint. Photo by Melissa Gelder.

I’ve also added a gallery for the Perry-Mansfield production of Out of Joint. It was great fun remembering how gorgeous that production was. Look at that design!

Finally, I’ve updated the site itself so that you can subscribe to posts by E-mail as well as RSS. I’ve also added a post archive so you can search for any past news or events more easily.

It’s been a fun week seeing Out of Joint come back to life and grow in the process and seeing Actor’s Express take such great care in their production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Thanks for everything Georgia, and I hope to see you again soon.

A Week in Georgia

24 Oct

Rolling, rolling, rolling…

This week Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them will make it’s third NNPN Rolling World Premiere stop of four in peachy-keen Atlanta, Georgia. I’ll be heading to Actor’s Express in Atlanta on Wednesday for the last bit of tech, previews, and opening. You can join me there for a post-opening reception on October 29 after the show! For a performance calendar and tickets, click here. For a little information about the show and the NNPN, visit AE’s Artistic Director’s blog here.

At the moment, though, I’m at the Savannah College of Art and Design working with their performing arts students on a new draft of Out of Joint, the play first performed at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp this summer. The script is growing from one-act to full-length size in a way I hadn’t, at first, imagined to be possible. The students have been more than game with the weirdness of this time-bending jaunt, and the script gets stronger by the day.

Recent Press and a Chicago Jaunt

21 Jul

Photo by John F. Russell

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Out of Joint, and the PONY — I’ve been a little all over the place lately. Here’s a bit of a press round-up on all of my recent projects.

First, I was interviewed by KadmusArts about receiving the PONY Fellowship and being an emerging playwright. The Awards and Fellowships Press page has also been updated with other PONY press.

Out of Joint had a good run at Perry-Mansfield, and Steamboat Today ran a piece on it and The Moon by Otis Sallid, Aaron Jones, and Ronobir Lahiri, including a photo gallery with many beautiful pictures of the show.

And here’s an interview with Freddie Ashley, the artistic director of Actor’s Express, that includes a discussion of Edith…, which is part of their upcoming season. There’s also a review of the 2011 Humana Festival in this month’s issue of American Theatre Magazine, which includes some kind words about the play. The article isn’t available online, but you can see a preview of the issue here (including a photograph of Jon Norman Schneider and Cory Michael Smith from the show).

American Theater CompanyAnd, last but not least, I will be in Chicago this weekend for a workshop of my play Beautiful Day with the American Theater Company. I’m very excited to have the chance to develop this piece and to work with such an excellent company for the first time. At the moment the presentation is by invitation only, but hopefully this won’t be the last you’ve heard of this play.

Out of Joint Opens Tonight as part of P-M Premieres

13 Jul

Hello, Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

My one-act play Out of Joint, commissioned by the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, will be opening tonight at Perry-Mansfield’s Julie Harris Theatre. The world premiere is directed by Victor Maog and will be performed by nine of the actors in P-M’s 2011 Pre-Professional Intensive. And it has been intense!!! Working with student actors — many of whom have never worked on a world premiere script — has been an exciting and educational experience. In addition, the designers for the play have done a top notch job; the picture below (snapped on my cell phone) doesn’t do it justice. Come see the fruits of our labors at two of the three performances that are open to the public on July 14 and 15, 2011. It’s a truly stunning production.

Out of Joint will be performed alongside a new one-act musical called The Moon by Otis Sallid, Aaron Jones, and Ronobir Lahiri.

From the Perry-Mansfield press release:

Perry-Mansfield Board President Jim Steinberg stated, “Perry-Mansfield is excited and fortunate to have the talents of A. Rey Pamatmat and Otis Sallid collaborating with our Director of Theatre and Musical Theatre, Victor Maog, this summer. Mr. Pamatmat, recent winner of the prestigious 2011 PONY Fellowship, as well as a 2010 Princess Grace Fellow, is one of America’s most exciting emerging playwrights. His new one-act play, Out of Joint, was written for Perry-Mansfield students and will have its World Premiere on the Perry-Mansfield campus on July 14.”

Out of Joint

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Victor Maog

Dr. Kajish creates a time travel formula to save mankind by giving it endless second chances. But as people skip indiscriminately through time humiliating enemies, saving lives, and negotiating perfect vacations, the universe unravels in this romp through the recent future, the distant present, and a past still to come.

Performances are July 13 – 15, 2011. Tickets and information for both P-M Premieres can be found here.

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