Tag Archives: Publications

HOWL-ing About Representation

22 Nov

[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.]

HowlRoundHey, look! I’m back on Howlround, but this time I’m hanging out with a bunch of friends.

Five Artists Discuss Representation

(Howlround, November 22, 2015)

For this piece, dramaturg (and good buddy) Jeremy Stoller asked Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Gregg Mozgala, Mfoniso Udofia, Ken Urban, and me to discuss issues of race and representation in the American theatre. And we solved it! No, we didn’t. But hopefully we began to articulate problems of representation in playwriting, programming, and audience development.

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I am What I am, but I Write What I Want

4 Nov

[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.]

PWCThis past March I was asked by the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis to write an instructive piece for their member playwrights. I write such a wide/diverse range of characters, that they felt it would be helpful to explain the process. As it’s something that comes quite naturally to me, it took me quite some time to breakdown an intuitive process into simple, clear(-ish) guidelines. They have now made the article available on their site for anyone to read.

I’m not a first generation, Chinese-American lipstick lesbian working at a teen fashion magazine, I just wrote one for this scene (Playwrights Center, Playwrights Tool Kit)

In addition to thanking the Playwrights Center for believing in the piece, I would also like to thank Djola Branner, Elly Donkin, Will MacAdams, Natalie Sowell, and the students in the Theatre Department at Hampshire College. Last spring when I was writing the article, I spoke with their students and hearing some of their anxieties about writing characters beyond their life experience really helped me to solidify my thoughts for this piece.

I hope other writers find it useful!

Do Not Stop the Press

23 Sep

2amtlogoAs many of you have likely heard, there’s been a mountain of controversy surrounding a now cancelled production of The Mikado that New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players were going to mount at NYU’s Skirball Center in December. Personally, I couldn’t handle the blatant racism that emerged and people’s carefulness in not calling out the racists. 2AMtheatre was awesome enough to give me a platform on which to express myself, and boy did I ever.

Important Poo by A. Rey Pamatmat (2AMtheatre.com, September 23, 2015)

Please feel free to blog, re-post, tweet, Facebook, and link the $#!% out of this one!

In addition, there have been a couple of articles on WBUR recently talking about Company One who produced Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them in Boston last spring. They’re not really about the play but rather about how it fits into Company One’s mission, and the innovative and energetic ways the theatre pursues that mission. Still, I had such a great time in Boston with them and the Huntington that I thought the articles were worth sharing.

How One Local Theater Is Connecting To The Diverse Audiences Of Tomorrow Today (WBUR’s The Artery, September 14, 2015)

Company One Has A Social Network All Its Own (WBUR’s The Artery, September 15, 2015)

The review kerfuffle surrounding that same production got ANOTHER mention in American Theatre. This time in an enlightening and oh, so necessary article on unconscious bias by colleague-in-arms Joy Mead. Please give this one a read! Not only does it collect fascinating facts, but it gives you plenty to chew on when experiencing new work or selecting it for production.

What Lies Beneath: The Truth About Unconscious Bias (American Theatre, September 21, 2015)

Finally, book land! Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them will be part of a Vintage Anthology coming out this winter called Plays for Three, edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold. And Linda’s final monologue from after all the terrible things I do will be printed in the new edition of Monologues for Actors of Color: Women, edited by Roberta Uno.

You know I’m excited about all of these articles and publications. As a queer playwright of color, knowing that my work is not only leaving an impression but potentially diversifying audiences’ experiences of theatre (and actors and people) and giving people of color jobs in the arts and the tools to succeed in those jobs — IT’S A GOOD FEELING.

A Spare Me is Published

26 Mar

A Spare Me, the play I wrote for the students at the Professional Performing Arts School’s Waterwell Drama Program, is now available from Playscripts, Inc.! Order your copy, download an eScript, or license the play for performance here.

There’s also a quick and dirty interview of me on the Playscripts Blog with information about the play, how I started out writing, and some words of wisdom for other playwrights.

spareme-lgA Spare Me

by A. Rey Pamatmat

With Earth’s resources and population dwindling, humanity puts everything it has left into one final generation of children. They are selected for their genius and furnished with everything they could require — including genetically-engineered spare life forms that will ensure no child’s existence is ended by something as trivial as death. But when high school student Sel is replaced by his spare after a tragic accident, his friends begin to reconsider their own identities. As they uncover the dark secrets behind their own lives, both the children and the spares set out to prove they have minds of their own.

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!

I Would Like to Thank…

24 Jan

…the queers.

Happy 2013, everyone! And thanks for keeping up with my work and with me.

GLAAD LogoTo start off the new year, I am extremely proud to say that my plays have received three nominations for two prestigious LGBT awards! Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them has received a GLAAD Media Award Nomination for Artists at Play‘s 2012 production and a Lambda Literary Award Nomination in the Oustanding LA Theater and LGBT Drama categories, respectively. And — as if that wasn’t enough — Thunder Above, Deeps Below has also received a Lambda Literary Award Nomination for LGBT Drama.

Lammy BronzeAs you can perhaps guess, I am so honored to be recognized by the LGBT community and thrilled that they continue to embrace diverse voices. I am also thrilled for and grateful to everyone at Artists at Play for putting up a top notch production of Edith and Samuel French, Inc for publishing both Edith and Thunder.

I’ve got a couple of things coming up, that I’ll post about in the coming week. Until then, click here for a full list of GLAAD Media Award Nominations and here for a full list of the Lambda Literary Award Nominations.

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)

Back to The Humana Festival and Some Mu Press

29 Mar

Well, look at this, everybody! Just in time for the final weekend of the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Playscripts has published the anthology of the 2011 Festival. Yippee!!! As you may recall, my play Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them premiered at Human 2011, as did my short piece This is How it Ends (as part of the 2011 Apocalypse-themed Anthology play The End). You can purchase copies at Actors Theatre or on the Playscripts website by clicking here. And, of course, as a finalist for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, I’ll be making a return to Louisville this weekend where they will announce the winner of the Award at the Saturday evening performance of the 2012 10-minute plays.

Of course, if you only want Edith, it will soon be available in an individual acting edition from Samuel French in a few months (as will my play Thunder Above, Deeps Below).

Finally, here are a couple of lovely reviews for the currently running production of Edith at Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis.

Edith Can Shoot Things at Mu Performing Arts (City Pages, March 21, 2012)

Mu Performing Arts’ Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Mixed Blood Theatre is a Hit (Twin Cities Daily Planet, March 25, 2012)

Thunder and Edith and Sam

7 Oct

It’s official! Thunder Above, Deeps Below and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them will both be published in separate editions by Samuel French in 2012.

To order copies of the plays and inquire about performance rights, click here for Thunder and here for Edith.

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