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Sundance and SPACE

1 Jun

© 2018 Sundance Institute | Photo by Lahcen Mella

I’m baaaaaaack!

As anticipated, the Sundance Theatre Lab in Morocco was amazing, and productive. It was also completely exhausting — in the good, “I did so much work while also learning about a whole new culture/country” way.

It’s a good thing I had another residency right afterward so I could recover from that one.

As announced while I was on the other side of the ocean, I will be a Working Farm resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm for summer 2018. I’m working on a whole new piece that’s all kinds of ambitious, which I hope to tell you more about when more of it is done. With all the large cast pieces I’ve done before (Out of Joint, A Spare Me, A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name), this one breaks even more boundaries, so wish me luck.

While I miss with all those amazing, creative, and generous souls in the picture way up top, it has been soothing to nurse my heartache with this new crew of amazing, creative, and generous souls in upstate New York. I hope you’ll join us for our roving dinner in September! Or, if you’re a resident in one of the many other programs here, perhaps I’ll see you at SPACE, too.

I am so grateful to all the folks at Sundance and SPACE. It’ll be tough to ever top Summer 2018.

Finally, a little fall teaser for you… Details are still being ironed out, but I’ll be headed back to Actors Theatre of Louisville this fall to work with the Professional Training Company once again. More on that soon!

Blood in Your Blood at Sundance

4 May

We leave for Morocco tomorrow night, and I’m beyond excited that I’m heading over with an amazing company!

As announced at last, the company for Blood in Your Blood will be Amy Hill, Teresa Avia Lim, Alano Miller, Jeffrey Omura, and Micah Stock. I’m thrilled that the lovely Lisa Peterson will be directing and honored to be paired with Janice Paran as dramaturg. I’m so lucky to be hanging in North Africa with some old friends and such distinguished new colleagues. In fact, everything about this workshop seems like a gift from heaven at this point.

I can’t wait to get to work!

While there are no public presentations at the Lab, I’ll do my best to keep you posted on future developments, and here’s another tree troll for your enjoyment.

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Blood in Your Blood

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by Lisa Peterson

Star-crossed lovers, fractured time, and a lusty troll are all connected to the violent, buried history of Cora’s family. In her quest to find out how, Cora discovers an enchanted tree that might have the answers tangled up in its roots. But once she digs up the past, what will she do with it?

with Amy Hill, Teresa Avia LimAlano MillerJeffrey Omura, and Micah Stock

Sundance Theatre Lab
Fellah Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco
May 5 – 27, 2018

Morocco, Here I Come!

11 Apr


The secret is out, thank god (because let’s be frank: I was so excited that I was pretty crap at keeping this secret. So thank you, all of you, who kept it for me after I whispered it to you)!

I am so grateful, excited, and all kinds of other emotions to be joining the Sundance/MENA crew at the Theatre Lab in Morocco this summer. Lisa Peterson and I are reuniting to take apart and put back together Blood in Your Blood, an early draft of which you may have caught at a past LabFest. And since this year’s lab is filled with so many friends, I know we’re going to have a fun and super productive time.

Casting is still underway, but I’ll keep you posted on how that all turns out.

Blood in Your Blood in Ma-Yi’s Fall LabFest

26 Oct

I found a tree troll.

My newest play Blood in Your Blood will be heard publicly for the very first time ever as part of Ma-Yi’s 2017 Fall LabFest next Monday. Once again I have a stellar team (how do I get so lucky? — seriously, now), and I’m so excited to share this play for the first time.

Details are below but beyond just plot and characters, this play could probably use a bit of context. Between A Power Play: Or, What’s-its-name, Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us, and a little one act I wrote called A Thing, it’s pretty clear that my playwriting post-2016 election has become more directly political. In particular, unseating ideas of white supremacy, male supremacy, and white male supremacy has sort of taken over my brain.

This play started when I was in residence this past January with Serenbe Playhouse who tasked visiting artists to create plays inspired by sites within Serenbe. During my time in that lovely, progressive, rural Georgia community, I sketched out a few scenes that took place under a tree. The scenes weren’t inspired just by the site; I wondered what had been in this idyllic environment before Serenbe existed. Were their secrets buried in this community’s origins? (It’s America, so, I mean, aren’t there always?) How do people live knowing the difficult, possibly violent history of the land they occupy? And with racism shoving itself into the foreground of every conversation these days, that’s what I’ve been writing about since January.

And about a dirty ol’ tree troll who talks about popping wood when young men sit on his face.

Come join us Monday! There’s something for everyone.

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Blood in Your Blood

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Star-crossed lovers, fractured time, and a lusty troll are all connected to the violent, buried history of Cora’s family. In her quest to find out how, Cora discovers an enchanted tree that might have the answers tangled up in its roots. But once she digs up the past, what will she do with it?

with Alton Alburo, Wyatt FennerJames Lloyd ReynoldsMaureen Sebastian, and Ching Valdes-Aran

Ma-Yi’s 2017 Fall LabFest
Ma-Yi Studio, 260 West 35th Street, Room 203
October 30 @ 7pm

Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. Please email chris@ma-yitheatre.org.


A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name in The MixFest

7 Aug

ZOIKS! One of my most topical, experimental, ambitious, fun, and bizarre plays is getting a workshop and reading next week!

The Atlantic Theater Company is doing something amazing with their new work festival this month: they’re presenting the some of the awesomest playwrights in their first ever Asian-American MixFest! Not only are so many of these playwrights, directors, and actors my friends, colleagues, and the people to whom I literally owe my career (and, at times, sanity), but I get to present this crazy piece of which I am so, so proud.

Also, some of you might know that back in the day Sweet Baby Rey was an actor training at the Atlantic Theater Company through NYU. I’m sure you can imagine how excited am I to make a return as a grown up playwright. I’ve seen many a show there and admired (and hired) their graduates, but this is a whole other level.

To say, then, that A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name in the Asian-American MixFest directed by May Adrales at the Atlantic Theater Company alongside the work of Carla Ching, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Rajiv Joseph, Qui Nguyen, Jiehae Park, Ralph Peña, Madhuri Shekar, Lloyd Suh, and Leah Nanako Winkler is a dream come true is not an exaggeration. And the directors — ! And the casts — ! Take a look at all the folks involved in this Playbill article. (Also, look: Rajiv and Lauren Yee are in their 2017 – 18 season!)

This MixFest is going to be a weeklong party of ass-kicking theatre artists at the height of their artistic powers. Come join us for the kick-off panel this Wednesday at 5:00pm, see the readings the whole week through, and then join my team as we close out the festival with A Power Play on August 17 at 7pm!

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A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by May Adrales

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

with Ethan Dubin, Will HochmanJason LiebmanTeresa Avia LimSarah NealisMaulik PancholyTijuana Ricks, Mirirai Sithole, Luis Vega, and Rocky Vega

Asian American MixFest
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street
August 17 @ 7pm

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email readings@atlantictheater.org.


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.

Winter LabFest Flashback

13 Jan

[Hi! I’m cheating! After being swamped all winter, I’m retroactively adding some items of note to my website. This is one of them.]

Some of you are probably thinking, “Wait… isn’t this play old? You’re having a reading of it now?”

Here’s the thing: I’ve given this old chestnut a complete overhaul, and rather than being a standalone piece, Picture 24 is now the first part of a much larger project. I’m not quite ready to talk about it in full, but suffice to say that this is pretty much a reading of an all new play. Less in a Star Wars: Special Edition way, more like a Marvel Ultimate line kind of thing. If you don’t speak nerd, just ask your nerd friends what that means. If you don’t have any nerd friends, why do you like my plays?


Image by Scum Bag Fag Mag

Picture 24

by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by Kareem Fahmy

Joey meets Max, and it’s love at first sight… sort of. Joey meets Chuck, but love has nothing to do with it. While preparing an autobiographical photo series for a public showing, the romance and pornography in Joey’s private life start blurring together. Dot com parties, safe sex that’s hot sex, and dial-up Internet welcome you to a queer love story in the year 2000.

With Gideon Glick, Mark Junek, and Jon Norman Schneider

Ma-Yi Writers Lab’s Winter LabFest
Ma-Yi Studio, 260 West 35th Street, Room 203
Wednesday, January 13 @ 7:00 pm

End of Summer Update

15 Aug

Even as I type this, I can’t believe Summer 2013 is already coming to an end. It’s been such an eventful one that July and now August are flying right by!

BlackFestAs you may have seen in the New York Times and Playbill, my latest news is that I’ve been commissioned to contribute to The New Black Fest‘s evening of short plays Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege. Like many of you, I was shocked by how un-shocked I was following the George Zimmerman verdict. And, like some of you, I was in New York City’s Union Square the following Sunday when the very emotional rally for Mr. Martin overflowed into the street and became a march. I am honored and delighted to be included among so many playwrights that I both respect and call my friends, and I hope my piece will contribute constructively and progressively to the dialogue on race in America.

In other news, I had a great time at Ground Floor and wrote a new play. I also spent a little time in Cambridge, MA with the A.R.T. Institute folks developing the same piece. This weekend I’m off with the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab for our biennial retreat, and I can’t wait to share the work with them! Hopefully, all of this development will mean that I can put together a reading for you folks to hear sometime this fall.

Finally, there will be more news to come about other large-scale collaborative pieces for which I’m very excited to be writing. As soon as everything is official, I’ll let you know! Keep your eyes peeled for some fun adventures in early 2014.

Gente del Tigre

31 May

HowlRoundOf all the things to lose in the shuffle of heading down to Mexico City, I just realized that I never posted a link to this Howlround chat I had with christopher oscar peña on writing race, new work, and all sorts of other challenges faced by playwrights today.

My Parents Were Tiger People (Howlround, May 19, 2013)

Speaking of Mexico, the Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them translation workshop is going amazingly well. Humberto has done excellent work with the Spanish-language version, and it’s amazing to see the reactions of the student actors at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) that are enthusiastically working with director Boris Schoemann and the two of us  through this incredibly nuanced process. And, of course, it is always such fun bonding with the folks from The Lark and witnessing the love, thought, and intense preparation they put into all of their projects.

I can’t wait until we show Edith Puede Disparar y Dar en el Blanco to the world!

Sum-sum-summertime! (A lo mejor ver-ver-verano…)

27 May

Happy Memorial Day!

As the theater season comes to an end, the summer of theater residencies begins!

lark-us-mexico1I am thrilled to say that my first trip of the summer will be to Mexico City where I’ll be working at a translation workshop for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. That’s right, folks, thanks to a translator by the name of Humberto Perez-Mortera, Edith will soon be available for production en Español! This is part of The Lark’s US-Mexico Exchange Program, in which I’m honored and excited to take part. I leave tomorrow morning and will be in town until Saturday. If you are interested in the Spanish language version of the play, let me know in June, and I’ll let you know the translation’s status.

Later in June, I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Ground Floor group at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. I’ll be working on an entirely new play (without a public presentation) but hopefully I’ll also get a few nights out to see plays in the Bay Area!


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