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.
Both shows are running until April 3, with 2 more performances of Edith Can Shoot Things and Him Them and 1 more performance of The End this very weekend. Click here to buy tickets.
And, if you need a little tempting, take a look at these promos from the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s YouTube channel.
First Look at Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them
First Look at The End
As you probably know, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them isn’t my only contribution to this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. I also worked with Dan Dietz, Jennifer Haley, Allison Moore, and Marco Ramirez to create an anthology play for the theatre’s 2010 – 11 Acting Apprentice Company. Our theme: the Apocalypse. The result: The End.
My part is a skit called This is How It Ends, which is a little bit Book of Revelations, a little bit Gregg Araki-inspired sexy punkishness, a little bit existential crisis, and a whole lot of fun. The other writers have contributed amazing pieces that run the gamut from beautifully-crafted personal dramas to meta-zombie flicks, from mystical beings awakened and angry to nuclear prom night shenanigans. Come along for the ride!
The play opens tonight, March 18 at 11:00 PM, in the Bingham Theatre. Click here for tickets and show those apprentices some love — they deserve it!
by Dan Dietz, Jennifer Haley, Allison Moore, A. Rey Pamatmat, and Marco Ramirez
directed by Amy Attaway and Michael Legg
The end is near! Or at least, it always seems like it’s near. From forewarning to four horsemen, five wildly imaginative playwrights join forces with our twenty-two acting apprentices to explore the enduring promise of apocalypse — and what lies on the other side.
And, since I was the only one in town before opening, the press department did another little interview with me about The End. Enjoy!
Actors Theatre of Louisville‘s Matt Dobson put together the posters for the entire Humana Festival line-up last week. This is the artwork for the two plays I’m working on, and I must say that I couldn’t be happier. I think both posters look great individually and fit in well with the artwork for the other five plays.
Needless to say, I had a wonderful year in 2010, and with everything coming up, I have no doubt that 2011 will be even better. I hope the same can be said for all of you and your loved ones.
I have no news to post at the moment (or, rather, nothing I CAN post yet — yes, I’m a tease), but there will be plenty to come in the months ahead. For now, I’m resting up for the world premieres of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them and The End at the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Once again, the link for tickets can be found here. Please come join us this March!
On the site, I’ll soon be uploading additional pictures to the gallery of my play New. Following the crash of an external hard drive, I was able to get other copies of the pictures thanks to the lovely Jennifer Lim.
I’ll keep you posted on future developments. And, once again, happy, happy new year!
I mentioned previously that I was writing for this year’s Anthology Project for The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Apprentice Company in the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays, and then said there was more news to come. Well, here it is!
Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them is also having it’s World Premiere at the Festival from March 11 – April 2, 2011. The show will be in the Bingham Theatre (in the round!) and directed by the ever lovely May Adrales. Check out the full Festival info here, and check out the schedule for Edith and buy tickets here. Tickets go on sale to the general public on November 12.
Articles about the full festival lineup can also be found in Variety, Playbill, Theatermania, and the Louisville-Courier Journal. The Courier-Journal article includes a lot of insight from the artistic staff about all of the plays, including Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Director of New Play Development Adrien-Alice Hansel.
Will I be seeing you in Kentucky?
I’ve got a lot coming up as we head into 2011. Most of it I can’t tell you about… yet.
One thing I can let you in on is that a reading of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them will be presented as part of the National New Play Network’s December Showcase in Denver, CO. The showcase features plays from which the NNPN selects a candidate for a rolling premiere in the 2011 – 12 season. That means multiple theatres throughout the United States producing the selected play. It’s an exciting opportunity and one I’m proud (and lucky!) to have.
You can read about the showcase on the NNPN website.
A second thing I can tell you is: GO TO THE 2011 HUMANA FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN PLAYS!!! I am one of the five writers collaborating on this year’s Anthology Project. The theme this year is (the) Apocalypse and there’s a wonderful team of acting apprentices who will be bringing our words to life. We’ve already had one workshop together with another following in December. Considering what we’ve come up with so far, you’re in for a treat!
More to come! All my best till then.