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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???

Yep.

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 readings@atlantictheater.org.

 

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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 readings@atlantictheater.org.

 

The O’Neill Has Got the Power (Play)

22 May

I’m delighted and honored to announce that A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name will be presented at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference this summer. This is my second time up to the O’Neill (the first was when Thunder Above, Deeps Below went up back in 2008), and I’m so excited to be headed out to “summer camp” again. The O’Neill Playwrights Conference was truly one of the first places to take my work seriously and celebrate it’s quirkiness, and with the presentation of this 10-character, reverse chronological, multi-ethnic, political play with magical spells (no, really), it seems they’ve done so again.

Read the full announcement on Playbill, Broadway World, or on the O’Neill website and then get ready to head on up to Waterford, CT! Watch us make magic this summer out of a play inspired by stuff like this:

GMPDirector and cast announcements will be coming soon. In the meantime, check out the magic of this amazing trailer for The Mysteries! They shut down for a couple of weeks after this Sunday, but tickets are now on sale for their extended run in June and July.

A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name in LabFest at the Ma-Yi Studio

8 Nov

It’s been a very busy couple of months, and I’ve been writing up a storm. While it’s all for things in developmental stages, there will be a lot to show from several projects in 2014 and ’15. I’ll be sure to keep you posted until then.

In the meantime, the end of November is going to be a time for readings, readings, readings. Two of which are open to the public (hey, that’s you!). With necessary apologies for the short notice, the first reading will be of a brand-spanking new play that I developed ideas for in a workshop with the A.R.T. Institute and that I wrote while I was at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor this past summer.

RamA Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

After her district suffers a violent and heart-wrenching tragedy, State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway 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 DubinBobby FoleyMary Jane GibsonJennifer LimTeresa Avia LimErik OlsonChristina PumariegaJon Norman SchneiderCory Michael Smith, and Jennifer Tsay

2013 LabFest at the Ma-Yi Studio
260 West 35th Street, 2nd Floor
RSVP to info@ma-yitheatre.org

Come one, come all! You’ll get to see a play at the very beginning of it’s life and you’ll be providing me with some much needed insight into what is one of my more ambitious plays.

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