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What’s Next and Who’s Next

20 Jun

TASS16Summer 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.

PrideYou 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.

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!!!

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!

Snowy Wyoming

16 Feb

IMAG1796As you may already know, I’ve been tucked away in Wyoming since the beginning of this month thanks to the wonderful people at the Sundance Theatre Institute and the Ucross Foundation. I don’t think I’ve ever needed a retreat more in my life, and I don’t think I’ve ever been on a retreat quite as wonderful as this one in my life, either. Thank you to any and everyone who made this possible.

One of my goals coming out here was to recover from an overwhelming winter and to prepare for a busy spring. Now that I finally feel more myself, I thought it was probably a good idea to update my website and emerge from hibernation! Thanks for checking in even though I haven’t kept you posted about my activities. I’m going to be much more diligent in the coming weeks.

To start, when the Ucross retreat ends this Friday, I’m heading directly to Chicago where Andrew Volkoff and the folks at About Fact Theatre are already in rehearsals for the Chicago premiere of after all the terrible things I do. I’m so excited for this cast and production. While I’m only in town for this weekend of rehearsals, I’ll be back for previews on March 11th. Get your tickets now and join us at Theater Wit!

terrible PostcardWe’ll leave it there for now. I’m going to post a couple of historical things just because I use this website as a record of plays sometimes, and I’ll also post soon about Ma-Yi’s world premiere of House Rules, for which we’re starting rehearsals next week.

More soon!

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Another Two Show Spring!

15 Sep

That’s right! It looks like Spring 2016 has decided to mimic Spring 2015 only in two separate cities.

Ma-YI LogoFirst, the world premiere news! In March 2016, my newest play House Rules will be produced by The Ma-Yi Theatre Company at HERE Arts Center, directed by Ma-Yi Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña. To say that I am bouncing off the walls that this play is being mounted by my primary artistic incubator would be an understatement. I’m in pain, y’all, IN PAIN from all this bouncing off walls, floor, ceiling, down stairs… OW!!! And for this season my show will come just after Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy (a fellow member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab of which I’m currently co-director) and a remount of Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (who was co-director of the Lab for much of my membership and Artistic Director of 2g when they mounted the world premiere of Thunder Above, Deeps Below). This spring will truly be a family affair, pushing the boundaries of new Asian-American playwriting and (particularly with this season) comedy. WE GOT JOKES.

There’s an official announcement for Ma-Yi’s full season on Broadway World. Please ignore the blurb for my show, though. It got kind of cut up and weird somewhere down the line. If you need a blurb, check this out:

House Rules 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?

AFlogoAlso, you may have already heard since they announced in July (whoops, sorry), after all the terrible things I do will be seen next March in About Face Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season, directed by AF Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff! I’m thrilled not just for the Chicago premiere (you know how much I love that city!!!), but because the other shows in the season are by artists for whom I have the deepest admiration. A new play by Philip Dawkins and a Bonnie Metzgar-directed production of The Five Lesbian Brothers’ The Secretaries is the very definition of being in esteemed company. I am so honored and grateful to be in the same sandbox as these folks, and if I were a Chicago resident, this is a season to which I would subscribe in a heartbeat (HINT HINT).

afterall-nodate1More news to come!

after all the terrible things I do is ‘layered’ and ‘riveting’

5 Jun
Opening Shift

Tina Chilip and Zach Booth in after all the terrible things I do. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

The reviews of The Huntington’s production of after all the terrible things I do have been encouragingly positive! It’s never the point, but it’s always a relief.

A layered ‘terrible things’ at the Huntington (Boston Globe, June 5, 2015)

Riveting Examination of Guilt and Forgiveness in ‘terrible things’ at the Huntington (WBUR The ARTery, June 5, 2015)

When the Huntington and Company One put the “celebration” idea together, the extent to which people would be wondering whether my work was worth celebrating never really set in. All I really thought was, “Oh, yay — two productions at once! I’ll be busy in May/June, and I’ll have money for cookies!” Thankfully, though…

All in all, “terrible things,’’ whose title is drawn from a Frank O’Hara poem, confirms that Pamatmat warrants the copious attention being paid to him in Boston at the moment.

—The Boston Globe

Opening Shift 2

Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

And…

If the Huntington and Company One are positing that [Pamatmat’s] is an important new voice to hear, this production of “after all the terrible things I do” makes the first half of a convincing case.

— The ARTery

Also, as mentioned previously Company One’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them started previews last night and will open tomorrow. And tonight is BosTEEN night, so send your younglings to the Calderwood where students can get $10 tickets to the show!

Finally, I haven’t mentioned a workshop I have coming up yet, because it seemed so far in the future. And now, wouldn’t you know it, it’s right around the corner! The Lark is mounting a Studio Retreat of my newest play House Rules with public presentations on June 15 @ 7pm and June 16 @ 3pm. Once Edith is open and casting is set for the Studio Retreat, I’ll post something more official. For now, you can reserve a spot for either showing on The Lark’s website.

Pamatmat Double Feature!

6 May

As stated previously:

HOW IS THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENING?

maxresdefaultThe Huntington is in rehearsals for the New England premiere of after all the terrible things I do, Company One is in rehearsals for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and I can barely believe that in one month’s time you will be able to see two of my plays running simultaneously at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Calderwood Pavilion. This Spring Arts Preview in the Improper Bostonian says it’s true, though, so… And there’s this fancy-schmancy write up in American Theatre(!):

A. Rey Pamatmat Looks Behind ‘all the terrible things’ for Answers, American Theatre, April 30, 2015

Rehearsals at the Huntington are an intense reminder of both how terrifying and hopeful this play can be, and I’m eager to share it with a whole new audience. I’ve also had the great pleasure this past month of meeting with the Company One folks (including the Edith cast) and am thrilled to have my play in such considerate, caring hands.

edith-slider2To that end, check out this amazing rehearsal blog the Company One dramaturgy team have put together. In one way it’s insane seeing the varied influences for a play (and life) analyzed in such depth, but in another it’s enormously comforting. Is it possible to feel so deeply understood by a handful of articles on the Internet?

Finally, the performance schedules have been set, and there are six double feature opportunities on June 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, and 20. You may also, of course, see terrible things on it’s own May 22 – June 21 or Edith on it’s own June 4 – 27, but we are trying to put together panels and events for those double feature days, if you wanted to make a whole outing of it. I’ll post that info when it’s available.

Spread the word, Boston! We’re all so grateful for the hospitality and would like to repay it with an evening (or two) of fun and surprises.

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.

Normal People Do terrible things

27 Sep

HurtTech for after all the terrible things I do has been proceeding apace, and it has been amazing to see the show coming together. I am utterly amazed by the work of my collaborators: Daniel Zimmerman on sets, Keith Parham on lights, Andre Pleuss on sound, and Mary Folino on costumes with our awesome stage manager Richelle Carlin Harrington keeping us all on task. I have little doubt that we will be ready to show this play to the world when previews and opening come around the corner!

To that end… come on over to The Milwaukee Rep, world, and see the show! To get the word out we’ve come up with some new images for the play and encourage you to tweet, post status updates, and hashtag the terrible things that you do.

PunchAs mentioned in my playwright’s note, when I started the play I was trying to understand bullies. Part of that understanding was wondering whether there were any deeds so horrible that there would be no second chance or redemption for their perpetrators. Everyone has done a terrible thing or two — what are the terrible things you’ve done? Do you regret it? Have you sought forgiveness or redemption? Did you get it? Tweet us @tellmyterrible, post to your favorite social media platform using #terriblethingsIdo, or click on http://www.milwuakeerep.com/confessyourterrible and tell us about it.

KissI’ve also done a couple of interviews to get the word out about the play, including a lovely (but a little odd) conversation with Dominique Paul Noth at Urban Dial.

‘Rey’ Returns to the Midwest with Mystery and Magic (Urban Dial, September 24, 2014)

Sure my name is in quotations as though it were fake (it’s not even a diminutive — Rey is the whole thing, top to tail), it sounds like I went to Yale undergrad (I didn’t), and um… those quotes? They’re approximations of things I said. But I guess I’ve learned from the press thing to just be happy when journalists actually express the ideas I was expressing (he mostly is). I do want to point out, though, that at no time did I say The Milwaukee Rep was treating me royally. They have been awesome — don’t get me wrong — but if anyone started treating me like royalty I would start buying them cookies or finding ways to boost their self-esteem. I am allergic to privilege and entitlement and those words… I never said those words.

BetterAnd, finally, here’s a little announcement in Shepherd Express. Nothing new here, but it contains a quote that I actually said! How novel.

Rep’s World Premiere at the Stiemeke Studio (Shepherd Express, September 24, 2014)

Playwright’s Note: after all the terrible things I do

25 Sep

Given the many sensitive topics in after all the terrible things I do, we decided a few months ago that a program note for the upcoming production would be a good idea to prepare people for what they’re about to see. I’d never done one before and usually prefer that my plays speak for themselves, but as I am myself disturbed by some of the things encountered in this story, I agreed.

Jonah Mowry in his YouTube video: http://youtu.be/TdkNn3Ei-Lg

Jonah Mowry in his YouTube video: http://youtu.be/TdkNn3Ei-Lg

We start tech today, and as we jump into the part of the rehearsal process that’s a bit headier, I thought I would share the note with you to keep the heart of the play in mind.

It was with bittersweet relief that I recently read two parenting articles on empathy by The Washington Post’s Amy Joyce this spring, three years after I began writing after all the terrible things I do. Encountering “Teaching Empathy” and “Are You Raising Nice Kids?” was sweet because it offered advice we need for raising children who are considerate of others and bitter because we actually need this advice.

We have prioritized being the best, most competitive, and happiest over being the humblest, most generous, and most understanding. We’ve done it to the degree that division, acrimony, and even violence have become the standard in our politics, our jobs, and our schoolyards.

The breadth of human experience is so diverse that understanding (let alone relating to) everyone’s unique, bizarre, or horrifying actions seems impossible. after all the terrible things I do started as a study of bullies, repugnant creatures who victimized others to establish control and dominance — people I felt I would never understand. It became an exercise in offering them the very thing they were unable to offer their victims: empathy. Could I (and eventually the audience) recognize bullies as fellows, step into their shoes, and understand how their strengths and fears led them to act in ways I could not? Or are their actions so terrible that empathy for them is beyond my grasp?

I would like to thank The Milwaukee Rep, my frequent collaborator May Adrales, and you for wrestling these ideas with me. Maybe the magic of theater can make those Washington Post articles less necessary as the skills for building community become lessons we live rather than lessons we must be reminded to teach. Even more, perhaps with stronger communities built on mutual understanding, bullying will seem less and less necessary or useful for us all.

A. Rey Pamatmat

Tickets for after all the terrible things I do are available at The Milwaukee Rep website or by calling (414) 224-9490. Tell all your friends in the Milwaukee area. If you’re in Chicago, take the hour or so to drive north. I guarantee it will be worth your while.

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