Summer 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.
You 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.
Tomorrow at Chicago’s American Theatre Company there will be a free evening of short plays all written in response to last summer’s (and fall’s) events in Ferguson, Missouri (and beyond). Information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Please join us and help transform this painful moment in history into a positive one, inspiring action.
A photo of the New York City protest following the grand jury’s dismissal of charges against Darren Wilson.
My pieces I Am in a Dark Place Today and Am Unable to Write a Play and Winning will be directed by Hutch Pimentel, who directed the First Floor Theater production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them earlier in the year. I discuss them and talk generally about playwriting in this interview on Jacqueline Lawton’s blog, where you can also find interviews of all of this year’s 10 x 10 playwrights.
My last time in the 10 x 10 Festival I ended up writing a scene that evolved into House Rules. So thank you American Theatre Company for asking me to participate again and on an issue that has really made my head spin.
As previously mentioned, my play We Have Cookies will be at The Yale Summer Cabaret this weekend as part of their Summer Shorts Festival. The Festival consists of two series of plays, A and B, and We Have Cookies will be in Series B, performing Friday at 8, Saturday at 4, and Sunday at 8. At the afternoon and evening performances Saturday and Sunday, you can marathon both Series A and B in order to enjoy all of these delightful nuggets by Yale School of Drama alumni.
From the Yale Summer Cabaret: “To close our season, we are thrilled to bring a four-day festival of brand new short plays by six groundbreaking playwrights whose work was first nurtured and developed at the Yale School of Drama. We believe these playwrights are truly the voices of the future, and the festival will bring their new visionary works to the Cabaret stage. It is an end-of-the-summer, end-of-season Bacchanalia not to be missed.”
Performances of Series A begin tonight, and I’ll be at the Series B performance Sunday night at 8 — come along and join us!
We Have Cookies
by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Jessica Holt
Iris has cookies. Blink does, too. Look at all these cookies! How can all the horrors of this modern age happen when we have cookies?
with Jenelle Chu and Annelise Lawson
Part of the Yale Summer Cabaret’s Summer Shorts Festival, Series B
217 Park Street
New Haven, CT
Friday, August 15 @ 8p.m., Saturday, August 16 @ 4p.m.,
and Sunday, August 17 @ 8 p.m.