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A Summer Shotgun Workshop

9 May

Before I run away for the summer, I’ve got one more piece to share with you. My murder mystery The Shotgun Message will have workshop presentations this week as part of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts‘s Main Stage Live series. Director Adam Fitzgerald and I have been spending the last three weeks rehearsing with Academy students and alumni, and we’ll be showing a semi-staged version of the play to give just a hint of what the play could be fully produced.

Come join us May 11 – 14 @ 7pm and help us continue to develop this new piece! For those who’ve seen earlier incarnations, I’ve added a new scene near the end of the play and cleaned up all the rest. We’ll also have sketches of the play’s projections and video for the first time. Presentations are free, and you can reserve seats here (just scroll down near the bottom of the page).

And thanks again for everyone’s support for after all the terrible things I do and House Rules. Both productions were an absolute delight and — thanks to you all — a success.

More soon…

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portrait_companyThe Shotgun Message

by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Adam Fitzgerald

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.

with Hugh BullerConnor DelvesMarie Dinolan, Alexander HodgeEmmy Tanzy, and Melody Vargas

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts , Mary MacArthur Theatre
120 Madison Avenue
Wednesday, May 11th – Saturday, May 14th @ 7:00 p.m.

Click here for reservations.

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A Private Shotgun Reading

7 Jan

Tonight’s the night! I’m thrilled to be rehearsing all day and then presenting this filthy piece of sex panic-inducing anxiety in the living room of Kathleen Chalfant’s private Brooklyn home. No, really.

The reading was fully booked before you could say, “You’ve got mail!” However, there is a wait list and given the weather and this nasty flu that’s going around, I’m sure we’ll squeeze in anyone who shows up somehow (two of my own friends have already cancelled due to illness).

Details are below. Directions to the location will be sent to you after you RSVP.

DoughnutsThe Shotgun Message

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Evan T. Cummings

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.

with Dominic FumusaJennifer IkedaHarvey Gardner Moore, Teresa Avia Lim, and Jeffery Omura

Wednesday, January 7th @ 7:00 p.m.

RSVP to rsvp@theprivatetheater.org for location and directions.

A Shotgun New Year Before Edith Shoots Again

15 Dec

Every once in awhile I write a play that stuns people into a horrified silence. What can I say? Like Austin Powers, Danger is my middle name… yuk yuk.

My most recent play of this kind is The Shotgun Message, the murder mystery I wrote about teen camwhores, fathers and sons, and saviors who need saving. It is for noir lovers; it is not for the faint or heart. Luckily for me (and you?) the folks at The Private Theatre are of the stout-hearted sort, and they’ll be presenting a reading of this lurid trip to the underworld on Wednesday, January 7 to cap off their Winter Reading Series.  Evan Cummings is directing, and I’ll post more information once we’re cast!

ShotgunFollowing Shotgun‘s return, a certain 12-year-old girl with a gun will start making her way across the US again in productions of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at First Floor Theater in Chicago, Crowded Fire in San Francisco, Pandora Productions in Louisville, and the aforementioned Company One production in Boston. The San Francisco and Louisville productions have gotten a couple of mentions in American Theatre here and here (and take a look at the amazing playwrights and plays with whom I’m sharing seasons — WOW!).

Not a bad start for 2015, but I’ve got a couple of other irons in the fire, for which I’ll hopefully have something to show you soon! Until then, happiest of holiday to you and yours.

Edith and Thunder and Shotgun!

5 Aug

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them and Thunder Above, Deeps Below are now available from Samuel French in pretty, pretty acting editions. It’s not my first time being published, but it is the first time my plays have appeared in individual editions. There’s something very grown up feeling about that. Get your copies on the Samuel French website or, if you’re in New York, at The Drama Book Shop.

I neglected to post these articles from The Reader and Broadway World about Ignition 2012.

Victory Gardens Cultivates the Next Big Thing (Chicago Reader, August 1, 2012)

Victory Gardens Theater’s IGNITION Festival Continues Through 8/12 (Broadway World, July 31, 2012)

My week in Chicago was a fun and productive one, and I was really able to dig into the play with excellent results. My heartfelt thanks go to Victory Gardens and everyone at Ignition 2012!

And, since I’m posting things a bit past their relevance, why don’t we go all the way back to Sacramento for a second. There was a review in Outword Magazine that is the first to actually mention outright one half of my secret Edith agenda (What? Secret agenda?!). I thought that was cool, so I’m sharing the review with you here.

B Street Triumphs With New Gay Play (Outword Magazine, June 2012)

Shotgun Hits Ignition Tonight

4 Aug

Ignition 2012 kicked off last night with a lovely reading from Martin Zimmerman, continues this afternoon with a play by new Ma-Yi Labbie Lauren Yee, and then finishes off its first week tonight with me! As previously mentioned, my theatre noir The Shotgun Message is part of Ignition 2012. Here are the details, please come out to Victory Gardens, bring friends, and spread the word!

The Shotgun Message

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Henry Wishcamper

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.

with Esteban Andres Cruz, Daniel Desmarais, Marc Grapey, Leah Karpel, and Jennifer Shin

Presented by Victory Gardens at The Biograph Theater, 2433 Lincoln Avenue, Saturday, August 4 @ 7:00 p.m.

For tickets and information on all the Ignition 2012 readings, click here.

Tickets are $5 and there’s a cash bar (with drinks allowed in the theater — thank god for civilization). We have a great team — both in terms of the company and (as always) the awesome Victory Gardens staff. So pop in, enjoy the work, and let us know how we’ve done!

Summertime

24 Jul

I’ll be flying to Chicago this Sunday to begin a workshop of my play The Shotgun Message as part of the 2012 Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens Theatre. You may recall that Victory Gardens was one of the very first theaters to hop on the Edith train in 2010, so I am beyond excited to be returning to the Festival this time around. The play will have a public staged reading on Saturday, May 4th at 7:00 PM. If you’re in the Chicago area, I hope you’ll join us. There are also two other readings that weekend and two more the following weekend. You can see the full details and get tickets here.

In other news, I spent the beginning of July at South Coast Repertory Theatre where we did a closed door reading of And Right Now that was a real treat. I then got to know the 1st year MFA Acting and Dramaturgy candidates at the A.R.T. Institute, who will be helping me in the development of a new play this fall.  And last week I ran up to The Lark‘s New York Stage & Film Retreat where I churned out fifty pages of a new play and got to know a great group of artists. All in all, it’s been a great month, and I can’t wait to cap it off with Ignition 2012.

I’ll post more details when casting is finalized. I hope to see you there!

The Shotgun Message at Ma-Yi’s LabFest

21 Feb

You’ve heard me talking about it for months, and now is your chance to get first look at the new play!

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.

with Alex Hernandez, Jennifer Lim, Teresa Avia Lim, James Lloyd Reynolds, and Tom E. Russell

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

For information on all the Winter LabFest readings, click here.

Shotgun is the play I was talking about when the New York Times announced that I received the PONY Fellowship. It is loosely based on the story of Justin Berry — a boy who got a webcam at the age of 13 and over the course of 4 years started out as a camwhore, then became a realtime prostitute, eventually began helping other teenagers follow the same path, and then started turning his clients in to the FBI. After marrying this story with my love of Ross MacDonald murder mysteries, The Shotgun Message was born.

It’s a definite return to a darker part of my consciousness. If you were introduced to me through Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them or Out of Joint, though, I hope you’ll still give this tale about another kind of lost, abandoned children a chance to work on your imagination. Besides, you’ll get to see several old friends play around with a new play, including Pat Diamond (who directed the world premiere of Thunder Above, Deeps Below), Jennifer Lim (who starred in DEVIANT and recently made a star turn in David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish on Broadway), and Teresa Lim (who first brought Edith to life at the 2011 Humana Festival).

See you Saturday!

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!

December Update

10 Dec

Happy holidays, everyone!

I’ve been in full on writing mode. As part of my PONY Fellowship, I’m a participant in The Lark‘s Playwriting Workshop, which keeps me on task generating new pages every week. Consequently, I’ve been a writing machine, and it’s taken a lot of my attention lately. But there’s news to report, and so report I will!

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Most importantly, the first licensed production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them opened at Manbites Dog in Durham, NC (e.g. this showing is not part of the NNPN Rolling Premiere, and — except for a few e-mails with director Jeff Storer — they did it all on their own!). Edith is officially all grown up and starting on some adventures without me. They’ve gotten great reviews and have one more week in their run, so please be sure to check them out. You can check out some production shots on The Upstager, and here are some links to those reviews:

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Manbites Dog (Indy Week, December 7, 2011)

A. Rey Pamatmat’s “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them” Teaches Important Lessons in Tolerance (Triangle Arts & Entertainment, December 8, 2011)

Next, I had a closed door reading of my latest play The Shotgun Message at The Lark at the end of November. I’m doing a little tinkering at the moment, but there will be a public reading of the play by Ma-Yi Theatre Company sometime in early 2012. I will keep you posted. The play is my take on a murder mystery and involves a journalist investigating an under-aged Internet prostitute who disappeared shortly after deciding to turn in all of his pedophile clients to the FBI. It’s a dark, gritty theatre noir more in line with my plays DEVIANT and Thunder Above, Deeps Below than with something like Edith, and it’s been great fun writing in those moral shades of gray once again.

Also, there were a few more reviews celebrating Actor’s Express‘s awesome run of Edith. Links to those are below, and I’ll update the press page soon.

Theatre Review: ‘Edith Can Shoot Things…” at Actor’s Express (Atlanta INtown, November 6, 2011)

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, an Atlanta Theater Fans Review (Atlanta Theater Fans, November 8, 2011)

Finally, here’s a little bit of a tease. The following picture is from a bit of fun Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, Cory Michael Smith, and I had a few weeks ago. It’s not great quality (I took it on my phone, through a thick layer of glass, with 80 light sources and no polarizing filter), so I apologize for that, but I’m sure you can make out the gist. It’ll be some months before you see the fruits of our “labors” (labors being in quotes, because we had such a great time that it didn’t seem like work at all), and I’ll definitely keep you in the loop about that.

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