Tag Archives: Readings

A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name in LabFest at the Ma-Yi Studio

8 Nov

It’s been a very busy couple of months, and I’ve been writing up a storm. While it’s all for things in developmental stages, there will be a lot to show from several projects in 2014 and ’15. I’ll be sure to keep you posted until then.

In the meantime, the end of November is going to be a time for readings, readings, readings. Two of which are open to the public (hey, that’s you!). With necessary apologies for the short notice, the first reading will be of a brand-spanking new play that I developed ideas for in a workshop with the A.R.T. Institute and that I wrote while I was at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor this past summer.

RamA Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name

by A. Rey Pamatmat

Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

After her district suffers a violent and heart-wrenching tragedy, State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway 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 DubinBobby FoleyMary Jane GibsonJennifer LimTeresa Avia LimErik OlsonChristina PumariegaJon Norman SchneiderCory Michael Smith, and Jennifer Tsay

2013 LabFest at the Ma-Yi Studio
260 West 35th Street, 2nd Floor
RSVP to info@ma-yitheatre.org

Come one, come all! You’ll get to see a play at the very beginning of it’s life and you’ll be providing me with some much needed insight into what is one of my more ambitious plays.

Lambda Finalist Reading at Bluestockings

7 May

The headline says it all, but you can find complete information here! The basics are:

Bluestockings25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalist Reading

Tuesday, May 14th @ 7:00 p.m. – Free

Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington

As you know, I’m utterly thrilled that Thunder Above, Deeps Below and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them were nominated in the 2013 LGBT Drama category. I will be there with bells on! And since my nominated works are plays (obviously), I’m trying to round up a few surprise guests to help me read my work.

Come join us!

And Right Now is Happening Right Now

18 Mar


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!

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

House Rules in Ma-Yi’s LabFest

19 Feb

There will be a new reading of my most recent play-in-progress as part of Ma-Yi‘s Winter LabFest this weekend. As with all LabFest readings, this is your chance to get in on a piece’s development as it’s being born. So come see my play about death (but in a funny way) at the very beginning of it’s life.

operationHouse Rules

Or, F*cking the Dude and Drinking Sh*t

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Charlotte Braithwaite

Rod knows the game is fixed. JJ hates his hand. Twee doesn’t think winning is enough. Momo’s learning the rules. And why the hell is Henry still playing? Two pairs of siblings (and some guy named Henry) panic when they realize their parents won’t always be around holding all the cards.

With Alexis Camins, Alexandra Hellquist, Liz Malarkey, Michael Rosete, and Michael Vitaly Sazonov

Part of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab’s LabFest at the Theater at St. Clements, 423 West 46th St. (bet. 9th & 10th Aves.)

Saturday, February 23 @ 3:00 pm

All LabFest readings are FREE. To make reservations, RSVP to: mayilab@gmail.com.

Edith on the West Coast, Pure in NJ, and A Spare Me in NYC

19 Oct

Amielynn Abellera as
Edith in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Artists at Play. Photo by Michael C. Palma.

Artists at Play‘s production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them started previews last night and will be opening this Saturday. They share some wonderful reflections about their production on their site, including this context illuminating post by dramaturg Skyler Gray and a video interview with the director and cast! Tickets  are available  here.

In other news, The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey will be doing a reading of Pure in their Lab Series on November 3rd at 7:00pm! Tickets and details are here, and I’ll have more info for you, when we’re cast!

Finally, we’re in the midst of rehearsals for A Spare Me, the play I’m developing with Waterwell’s New Works Lab at the Professional Performing Arts School (a performing arts high school in New York). It’s a 16-character adventure in a world on the brink of destruction. The play features most of the school’s senior class, many of whom are developing new work for the first time. It’s been a great experience so far, and I’m excited for you to see the fruits of our labors! The show runs November 14 – 17 in the PPAS Auditorium at 7:00pm. Full details will come soon. In the meantime, help support arts in schools by giving to Waterwell’s Kickstarter campaign for the New Works Lab.

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)

Shotgun Hits Ignition Tonight

4 Aug

Ignition 2012 kicked off last night with a lovely reading from Martin Zimmerman, continues this afternoon with a play by new Ma-Yi Labbie Lauren Yee, and then finishes off its first week tonight with me! As previously mentioned, my theatre noir The Shotgun Message is part of Ignition 2012. Here are the details, please come out to Victory Gardens, bring friends, and spread the word!

The Shotgun Message

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Henry Wishcamper

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 Esteban Andres Cruz, Daniel Desmarais, Marc Grapey, Leah Karpel, and Jennifer Shin

Presented by Victory Gardens at The Biograph Theater, 2433 Lincoln Avenue, Saturday, August 4 @ 7:00 p.m.

For tickets and information on all the Ignition 2012 readings, click here.

Tickets are $5 and there’s a cash bar (with drinks allowed in the theater — thank god for civilization). We have a great team — both in terms of the company and (as always) the awesome Victory Gardens staff. So pop in, enjoy the work, and let us know how we’ve done!


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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