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And Right Now is Happening Right Now

18 Mar

SCR…Almost.

My reading in South Coast Rep’s NewSCRipts series is tonight, and we’ve been plugging away on a play of intense emotional density… I don’t know how else to describe the work we’ve done. So you’ll just have to come and see it!

Take a look at the previous post for details or just click here!

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And Right Now in NewSCRipts

11 Mar

Back from Philly! Thanks for the good times, everyone!

Up next for me is a workshop and reading of And Right Now as part of South Coast Rep’s NewSCRipts series. The play is a commission for SCR, an earlier draft of which had a wonderful first reading at The Lark last spring. I’ll be heading west this Friday, we’ll rehearse all week, and then I’ll see you Monday night! Right…?

And Right Now

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Shelley Butler

Daniel is a writer, fresh out of college and looking for a job. Linda is an émigré from the Philippines who married, had children, and achieved her lifelong dream to open a local bookstore. It turns out to be the same one Daniel loved as a boy—and what begins as an everyday job interview becomes much more as Linda and Daniel realize that their connections go far deeper than a shared love of literature. Together they will have to face the trauma of their pasts—but can they find forgiveness?

with Alex Knox and Marcella Pabros-Clark

At South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Click here for tickets and information.

And Right Now was commissioned by South Coast Repertory and was developed at The Lark Play Development Center, New York City

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 Lark Playwrights Workshop Reading of And Right Now

16 May

There will be a reading of my new play at The Lark tomorrow!

And Right Now

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Pat Diamond

Bookstore owner Linda and her new employee Daniel develop a strong bond after they discover the calamitous significance bullying has played in both their pasts. But commiseration that should bring them together soon threatens to tear them apart when they confront the pernicious feelings and actions they thought they had so carefully secreted away.

with Mia Katigbak and Samuel Lilja

At The Lark Play Development Center, 311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, Bare Bones Studio

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

And Right Now was commissioned by South Coast Repertory Theatre and was developed at The Lark Play Development Center, New York City

This play is a new adventure for me. On top of being my first full-length two-hander, it also happens to be my most realistically set play (there are four scenes all in a bookstore), and it’s my attempt to make sense of a very complex subject: bullying, particularly the bullying of LGBT teens.

Like so many people the recent rash of attacks on queer youth and the rallying cry of the It Gets Better Project emotionally bounced me back and forth from a state of abject despair to a state of inspired hope. The hate crimes, the suicides, the parents’ confusion, and the efforts of adult queers were overwhelming in their complexity.

One thing I noticed when keeping up with the events, though, was how little the news articles and prevention efforts said about bullies themselves and bullies in general. The focus was always on the victim, which relayed the misleading sense that the problem in the larger scheme of bullying is that the victims aren’t strong enough. While I understand the need to address the needs of those in trouble first, the theater gives us a chance to explore the other side of things. And so, with And Right Now, that’s what I’ve tried to do.

Also, I’ve further indulged my obsession with Frank O’Hara in this one. How many plays can I write featuring O’Hara poems? Only time will tell. Especially significant to this play is his relationship with his roommate Joe LeSueur, pictured here all the way on the right (Frank O’Hara is all the way on the left). John Button and James Schuyler are the other two figures in the photo.

The reading is already filled up in terms of reservations, but The Lark always has tickets available at the door. Come get on the waiting list, and I’m sure that you’ll get in!

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