Videos for WORLD DOMINATION

6 Apr
House Rules

Mia Katigbak as Vera

First, two more great reviews!

“With a light hand on some heavy issues, Pamatmat digs into sex, sexuality, assimilation, and even abuse, seen through the eyes of two sets of siblings. Despite the serious subject matter, he makes these vibrant characters often a joy to watch.”

“Pamatmat avoids cute, neat categorization for these complex characters… Director Ralph B. Peña keeps the cross-cut action hopping… Katigbak ignites a warmth on stage that draws us all in.”

Review: House Rules at HERE Arts Center
(
Exeunt Magazine, April 5, 2016)

“Pamatmat’s story is well told and there are many truths to be found. What makes his writing most effective is the fact that, like life, there is not a total resolve for his character’s conflicts. Sometimes, self-will and communication fails us. Fortunately, Pamatmat’s play does not.”

Reviews: House Rules & The Humans (Manhattan Digest, April 5, 2016)

Next up, the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) made an awesome Meet the Theatre video for Ma-Yi Theatre Company! Want to see me be super nervous and talk about Sam Chanse’s play with the dancing morel? Then, get a load of this:

Ma-Yi Theater Company — a Meet the Theatre film from Theatre Development Fund (tdf) on Vimeo.

Also, we have more promo videos for House Rules. Just FYI, I didn’t script these things. My cast is just this clever, and Rehana Lew Mirza’s editing is just that silly.

HOUSE RULES – Mahjong vs Monopoly from Ma-Yi Theater Company on Vimeo.

HOUSE RULES – Rod and Henry from Ma-Yi Theater Company on Vimeo.

Finally, I was fortunate enough to chat with Arpita Mukherjee at Stagebuddy about House Rules and Asian-American Theatre at large. You can find that interview here.

House Rules runs until April 16th, and tickets are available here. Don’t miss it!

The House Always Wins

4 Apr

Okay, maybe not. But House Rules got pretty damn good reviews!!! Come see what all the fuss is about.

The House Rules Company on Reid Thompson's set! Ralph Peña, seated in the foreground. James Yaegashi, Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, A. Rey Pamatmat, Tiffany Villarin, Jeffrey Omura, and Conrad Schott. Photo by Lia Chang.

The House Rules Company on Reid Thompson’s set! Ralph Peña, seated in the foreground. James Yaegashi, Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, A. Rey Pamatmat, Tiffany Villarin, Jeffrey Omura, and Conrad Schott. Photo by Lia Chang.

“People play a lot of games in A. Rey Pamatmat’s intriguing, untidy “House Rules,” produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company.”

“Mr. Pamatmat has compelling ideas about human psychology and dramatic structure… flashes of surprising truth, particularly in the sibling interactions.”

“[A] tour de force speech by the ever-engaging Ms. Katigbak… joins the several themes.”

Review: ‘House Rules’ And All Kinds of Games
(New York Times, April 1, 2016)

“[E]mpathetically directed by Ralph B. Pena at HERE… The playwright presents the characters in crisp three dimensions.”

“Every one of the players does commendably by the taut script…. Well done by all.”

A. Rey Pamatmat’s Two-Families Drama ‘House Rules’ (Huffington Post, April 4, 2016)

Mia Katigbak as Vera

Mia Katigbak as Vera

“Ralph B. Pena’s direction is sharp, swift and fun, and along with Reid Thompson’s set they have created a sprawling maze of rooms that allow for the rat-a-tat-tat rhythmic pacing from scene to scene that moves this play along. The cast is fierce and unstoppable.

A. Rey Pamatmat’s play is a web of love and conflict between cultures, and parents and children, that is never sentimental or schmaltzy, but funny and unapologetic.”

Review: House Rules (Front Row Center, April 1, 2016)

“Through an exploration of culture and generation, House Rules is an ensemble dramatic comedy with an exuberant amount of heart and truth…. [A] stellar ensemble… A. Rey Pamatmat and Ma-Yi Theater Company have something special on their hands.”

Review: Family Matters (Theater in the Now, April 2, 2016)

“The cast is uniformly good with Ms. Katigbak getting some of the best lines. Mr. Pamatmat’s script is witty, with fleshed out characters….There is a lot of truth in this play.”

House Rules Makes You Think (Times Square Chronicles, April 3, 2016)

“A clever play about forgiveness, House Rules is a smartly layered story…. a lovely reminder that the harshest parts of our lives can also be the richest – you’ll laugh, cry and even learn to appreciate the dysfunctional parts of your own family.”

Review: House Rules (The Reading Salon, March 29, 2016)

Jeffrey Omura as JJ and James Yaegashi as Rod

Jeffrey Omura as JJ and James Yaegashi as Rod

Audience response has been so generous as well. Thank you to everyone who’s spoken to me about your personal reactions to the play and about your own families. There’s nothing better than hearing people have made deeper connections with a play like this and have been able to laugh at grief, loss, and self-discovery.

Finally, some pictures by Lia Chang from our opening night can be see on Broadway World. Look at all those gorgeous mugs.

House Rules runs until April 16 and tickets are available here. Come one, come all!

Making Up the Rules

31 Mar

Tonight is the opening night of Ma-Yi Theatre Company‘s world premiere of House Rules! We did some great tweaking and refining from preview to preview, and the cast has gotten more and more comfortable with each successive audience. In other words: WE ARE SO READY FOR YOU!!! I’m really excited to share the show with everyone. And, hey look: pictures!

House Rules

James Yaegashi as Rod, Tina Chilip as Twee, Jeffrey Omura as JJ, Tiffany Villarin as Momo, and Mia Katigbak as Vera

It’s been fascinating getting reviews for one show while getting another one ready for the public. The experience has caused me to reflect generally on the reception of my plays. As I mentioned in that conversation with Sam Hunter, from the very beginning, writing House Rules has been about writing people of color (in this case Filipinos/Filipino-Americans) from an insider’s point of view. It’s not a play about displaying ethnicity for non-Filipinos/Filipino-Americans. Nor is it a play where race or ethnicity is presented as a problem. It’s a play that asks you to see the perspective of American people of color as the every person perspective.

Will people who are not Filipino/Filipino-American or even Asian/Asian-American step into those shoes? Because although the response to About Face Theatre‘s production of after all the terrible things I do has been overwhelmingly positive, when it hasn’t been I’ve been criticized for not portraying Linda (the Filipina character in the play) as an absolute other, for not showing her struggles as an immigrant against being an outsider, or for not showing how the color of her skin or her ethnicity makes her different from white Americans. I’m criticized for putting her at the center of her experiences as an immigrant and person of color rather than orienting her story around white America. This is similar to unquestionably biased critical reception of my other past plays, particularly Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them.

House Rules

Jojo Gonzalez as Ernie and Conrad Schott as Henry

House Rules is chock full of immigrants and children of immigrants whose struggles have nothing to do with whether white America accepts/oppresses them or not. Sure they fight about identity and ethnicity, but they also struggle with sibling rivalry, uncertain lovers, parental mortality, and adult independence. These are the issues that I’m concerned with but after the past few years of critical reception I can’t help but wonder: who out there will tell me that I’m once again putting incomplete or unrealistic or non-dramatic people of color onstage, because I’m not making the struggle against whiteness central to their dramas or identities?

Maybe people will finally get it. Maybe they’ll understand that I’m writing American plays for an audience of Americans — one that contains people of multiple genders, ethnic origins, ages, abilities, and sexualities. Maybe they’ll see House Rules the way they see Long Day’s Journey Into Night — as a family play — and they’ll resist pigeon-holing it as an immigrant play (which they “somehow” manage to never do with O’Neill despite his immigrant parentage).

House Rules

Tiffany Villarin as Momo and Tina Chilip as Twee

Whether they do or not, come and see for yourself, because I plan to keep on writing plays that secure a primary place for people of color and queers within the American narrative no matter what they say. And because the care and professionalism on display thanks to Ma-Yi, this cast, and this creative team is worth more than the price of admission. We can’t wait to share it with you.

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HR Poster

House Rules

Or, The Wrong Dude
by A. Rey Pamatmat

Rod thinks the game is fixed. Momo’s still learning the rules. Twee doesn’t think winning is enough. JJ hates his hand. And why the hell is Henry still playing? Two families (and some guy named Henry) panic with hilarious and heart-breaking results when they realize their parents won’t be around forever. Can anybody prepare for the inevitable moment when they’re the ones left holding all the cards?

With Tina ChilipJojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Jeffrey Omura, Conrad SchottTiffany Villarin, and James Yaegashi

Produced by Ma-Yi Theatre Company
HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Avenue
March 25 – April 16, 2016

Click Here for Tickets

More Positive terrible things

29 Mar

AFtt ReviewsThe good news keeps on rolling in. Two more great reviews of About Face Theatre‘s after all the terrible things I do came out this weekend.

REVIEW: after all the terrible things I do (Chicago Theater Beat, March 28, 2016)

Buzz-eriously! 3 reasons to see after all the terrible things I do from About Face Theatre (Buzz On Stage Chicago, March 29, 2016)

I am so thrilled by the show and that Chicago has welcomed it with open arms. I love that city so much, and I’m glad I could contribute something meaningful to their theatre scene. Don’t miss this chance to see the amazing, critically-acclaimed work of Andrew Volkoff, Colin Sphar, and Lisa Tejero. There are ten performances left!

House Rules Starts Previews Tomorrow!

24 Mar

HOUSERULES_artby_NoahScalin-404x270You’ve seen the pictures from tech on social media (oh, you haven’t? Go here!), which means previews for Ma-Yi Theatre Company’s world premiere of House Rules is right around the corner. Like, literally right around the corner. Like, tomorrow.

I am so excited for this production team and these amazing actors who are having a great time bringing these characters to life. I’ll be posting more about the play as we approach opening night on March 31st, but for now I thought I’d just reshare this interview from The Lark’s workshop of the play where Sam Hunter asked me about House Rules’s origins.

And what’s a House Rules post without another video promo shot by the lovely Rehana Lew Mirza? Get a load of this ridculousness!

HOUSE RULES – Ernie, JJ, and Rod from Ma-Yi Theater Company on Vimeo.

Join us for the show! You can get tickets here. And wish us breaking legs at our first preview tomorrow night!!!

I Posted Too Soon

23 Mar

Time Out Chicago reviewed About Face’s production of after all the terrible things I do half a day after I posted all those other ones, and they gave us 4 stars!

“[A] smart and keenly acted About Face Theatre production… after all the terrible things I do, like O’Hara’s “Poem,” is a quietly evocative consideration of forgiveness.”

REVIEW: after all the terrible things I do (Time Out Chicago, March 23, 2016)

SERIOUSLY, EVERYBODY, GO BUY TICKETS NOW. Don’t do that thing where you try to go in the last week, and you can’t get in even if you pay full price. See it now, or at least get your tickets. There’s even a promotion for $20 matinee seats if you use the code AFT20 going that probably won’t last much longer considering all these amazing notices.

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Excellent Reviews for terrible things at About Face Theatre

23 Mar

AFtt JeffIn terms of critically acclaimed productions, after all the terrible things I do is officially three for three. Congratulations to Andrew and everyone at About Face Theatre!

“Pamatmat… upends the pat notions we may have about the dynamics of homophobia and bullying…. Andrew Volkoff’s handsome production has much to recommend it, especially in the nuanced give-and-take between Sphar and Tejero, from good-natured teasing to spiky anger.”

‘after all the terrible things I do’ lets words drive the action (Chicago Tribune, March 22, 2016)

“Andrew Volkoff’s staging for About Face Theatre offers dynamic performances by Colin Sphar as a young, gay writer with a big secret and Lisa Tejero as an aging bookseller with one of her own.”

REVIEW: after all the terrible things I do (Chicago Reader, March 22, 2016)

“A lacerating drama by A. Rey Pamatmat… magnificently mined by Andrew Volkoff….”

Chicago Theater Review: after all the terrible things I do (Stage and Cinema, March 19, 2016)

“I highly recommend this beautiful, engaging performance. If history tells us what happened, it is shows like this that tell us why.”

REVIEW: About Face Theatre’s ‘after all the terrible things I do’ (Showbiz Chicago, March 19, 2016)

“Pamatmat’s writing deftly and eloquently explores people grappling with things they regret, but can’t put right… Andrew Volkoff’s production and his two outstanding actors tell a story that shows people at their ugliest and most vulnerable, and still treats them with great sensitivity… a highly rewarding drama.”

REVIEW: after all the terrible things I do (Chicago Critic, March 21, 2016)

“…a highly polished and authentic two-hander brimming with humor, mystery and drama.”

Strong work in AFT’s after all the terrible things I do (Third Coast Review, March 21, 2016)

“Highly recommended. About Face Theatre is on a roll.”

REVIEW: after all the terrible things I do (Around the Town Chicago, March 18, 2016)

Don’t miss out! Get tickets here before About Face’s production of after all the terrible things I do closes on April 10th.

An Opening, a Tech, A. Rey, and a Jeff

18 Mar

Following an awesome opening night performance, About Face’s Chicago premiere of after all the terrible things I do is a Jeff recommended show! Not a bad way to start off a run, right?

AF TTDo. Not. Miss. Out. Go early in the run as there is no possibility of extension. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Here are some pretty production photos to whet your whistle.

HR PosterMeanwhile, I’m already in tech for Ma-Yi Theatre Company’s world premiere of House Rules, which begins previews in New York next Friday, March 25. As I’ve mentioned before, this cast and creative team are so stupidly talented. I really can’t wait until you see what we’ve come up with, so click here for show info. You can also visit Ma-Yi’s blog where the theatre has been posting Q & As and bios with the creative team and cast.

And look at that poster — I love that poster! It’s an actual sculpture assembled and photographed by Noah Scalin.

And then of course there’s this craziness:

Tickets for terrible things are here for you Chicago folks, and tickets for House Rules are here for my New Yorkers.

Finally, for more info about both shows and about me, American Theatre published a profile of me yesterday to coincide with my two show spring. Having my work honored this way is wonderful, but the fact that the article also honors the awesome artists, theatres, and institutions that supported me blows my mind. Thank you to Suzy Evans and everyone else at American Theatre, as well as May, Ralph, Andrew, and all the rest!

This Time It’s Personal for A. Rey Pamatmat (American Theatre Magazine, March 17, 2016)

terrible Press for Chicago’s terrible Opening Tomorrow

16 Mar

12829304_10153490204373977_7762546481561146278_oOpening night for About Face Theatre’s Chicago Premiere of after all the terrible things I do is right around the corner! We’ve been tinkering with the show a bit in previews, and I’m excited for you to see the results. This cast and creative team made me fall in love with Chicago all over again (which, come on, wasn’t hard to do), and as you can see from preview audience responses posted in these images, Chicago has been in love with us!

In advance of tomorrow’s show, The Windy City Times interviewed Andrew Volkoff and me about the show. Check it out here:

New About Face Theatre Production Explores Race, Sexuality, and Identity (Windy City Times, March 16, 2016)

And, in case you missed it, the show has been on multiple must-see lists for Chicago in March, like Time OutChicago Magazine, and the Windy City Times itself.

The show runs until April 10th, so get your tickets now!

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after all the terrible things I do

by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Andrew Volkoff

A gripping and intimate new play from one of American theatre’s rising stars explores the dark side of ordinary people, second chances, and the price of forgiveness.

Returning to his Midwestern hometown after college, Daniel, a young, gay writer, takes a job at the local bookstore he knew as a child. After he and Linda, the Filipina bookstore owner, begin working together, they discover they share a dark connection that goes much deeper than a love of literature.

With Colin Sphar and Lisa Tejero

Presented by About Face Theatre
Theater Wit, 1229 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL
Previews, March 11 – 13, 2016
Performances, March 17 – April 10, 2016

Get Tickets Here

terrible Chicago Weekend

21 Feb

aatttid-slider-2I was fortunate enough to spend time in rehearsal with About Face‘s production of after all the terrible things I do this weekend. They’re almost midway through their process and doing excellent work! Hanging out with Artistic Director and director of the play Andrew Volkoff was great, and  Colin Sphar and Lisa Tejero  are having a lot of hilarious (and sometimes scary) fun with Daniel and Linda.

There’s information about the production on Broadway World and on About Face’s website and tickets are already on sale here. The theatre is just coming off of a big hit with a production of Philip Dawkins’s beautiful play Le Switch, which has meant tickets for our show have already been selling. Don’t get shut out! I’m serious. BUY NOW.

I’m excited to rejoin everyone for previews March 11 – 13, and I hope that I either see you there or that you catch the show later in the run!

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