House Rules playwright featured in American Theatre

ReyCo-Director of the Writers Lab and playwright of our current production, HOUSE RULES, was recently featured in this month’s issue of American Theatre magazine.

Read about A. Rey Pamatmat and how he incorporates his personal experiences into his work.

 

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MEET TINA CHILIP!

House Rules is a dynamic dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ralph B. Pena, and featuring the compelling Tina Chilip as Twee.

Hi Tina! We are so happy to have you be a part of House Rules. This isn’t your first time working with Ma-Yi, is it?
I was in Flipzoids in 2010. Written by Ralph Pena, directed by Loy Arcenas.

Well, we’re glad to have you back. What are you looking forward to most in this rehearsal process?
Diving in and getting to know my character. And working with all these ridiculously talented people.

We’ve got a stellar team on this play… Tell us, why should someone come see this play?
It’s a beautiful play. It’s funny and moving. The characters are wonderfully flawed and complex. And audiences will be able to identify with the different life experiences these characters are going through.

What’s your favorite game?
This play has reminded me how much I loved playing sungka growing up.

Us as well! (We keep a sungka board in our office.) Is there any game that your family makes up its own rules for?
I didn’t realize it until we were in rehearsals that my family didn’t follow the official rules of Monopoly. I think my parents simplified the game for us when we were young. We definitely didn’t do any auctioning and I can’t remember if we did any mortgaging.

Do you have any odd special skills or unusual hobbies?
Uhm…

What is your favorite late night snack?
Nuts and cheese.

Anything you want to say to your mom and dad?
Hi Mom and Dad, I’m in a play!


TINA CHILIP (Twee) is delighted to be back at Ma-Yi and working on another Rey Pamatmat play.  She was recently in Rey’s after all the terrible things I do at the Huntington Theatre (IRNE nomination, Best Actress).  With Ma-Yi, she appeared in Ralph Peña’s Flipzoids. Other NY credits: Golden Child (Signature), A Dream Play (NAATCO), Joy Luck Club (Pan Asian Rep). Regional: Our Town, Chinglish (Portland Center Stage); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Berkeley Rep); M. Butterfly (Guthrie); performances at Syracuse Stage, Trinity Rep, ACT, TheatreWorks. International: Golden Child (Cultural Center of the Philippines). TV: Royal Pains, Mysteries of Laura.  MFA, Brown/Trinity. Upcoming: Tokyo Fish Story at The Old Globe.

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MEET JOJO GONZALEZ

House Rules is a compelling dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ralph B. Pena, and featuring the long-time Ma-Yi artist Jojo Gonzalez as Ernie!

JOJO GONZALEZ (Ernie) RECENT THEATRE: Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova). UPCOMING FILMSGoing In Style (with Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Cane), Where The White Man Runs Away (with Al Pacino and Evan Peters). UPCOMING TV: Deadbeat (Hulu). OFF- BROADWAY: The Romance Of Magno Rubio (OBIE- Ma-Yi, US Tour, World Tour), Holy Land (3K Kids), A Dream Play (NAATCO), 12n (Leviathan), Sweet Karma (QTIP), 365 Days/365 PlaysRichard Iii, Fucking A (The Public Theater), Dogeaters (La Jolla, The Public Theater), School For Wives (OOBR – NAATCO). REGIONAL: Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Long Wharf), Silence Of God (CATF). TV: Late Night With Stephen Colbert,  Mysteries Of Laura, Babylon Fields, Pan Am, White Collar, Without A Trace, Sopranos, Law And Order SVU. FILM: The Smurfs Movie, A Kiss For Justin.

 

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MEET MIA KATIGBAK!

House Rules is a compelling dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ralph B. Pena, and featuring the brilliantly talented Mia Katigbak!

MIA KATIGBAK (Vera) NYC: I’ll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr); Dear Elizabeth (Women’s Project); Awake & Sing! NAATCO (Obie); Washeteria  (Soho Rep); A Beautiful Day…Great Lakes (New Georges/Women’s Project); Scenes from a Marriage (NYTW). Other NYC: Public Theater, Foundry, Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb. Regional: Berkeley Rep (CA), Swine Palace (LA), Guthrie (MN). International: Manila, Philippines; Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Film: I Smile BackClutterSlow Jam King. TV: “The Family,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Chicago PD,” “Conviction.” Artistic Producing Director and co-founder, NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company). Founding director, CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists).  BA, Barnard College; MA, Columbia University.

 

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MEET JEFFREY OMURA!

 

House Rules is a compelling dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ralph B. Pena, and featuring the delightful Jeffrey Omura as JJ.

JEFFREY OMURA (JJ) is a proud graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. New York: Charles Francis Chan, Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO); Romeo and Juliet (Public Theater/NYSF); Joe Iconis’ The Plant that Ate Dirty SocksHamlet (Fundamental Theater); These Seven Sicknesses, King Lear (EPBB); Yes We Can (Down Payment); No Fear Shakespeare’s Richard III (Facing Page); Carnival Kids (Lesser America). Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (St. Louis Rep); La Dispute, Macbeth (dir. Darko Tresnjak, Hartford Stage); Take Me Out (barebones). Film: Sex & the City 2; Hairbrained. TV: Blue BloodsThe Michael J. Fox ShowWhite CollarGeorgetown (ABC pilot); DamagesGossip Girl; High MaintenanceLimitless; and Amazon’s upcoming series The Interestings. You can hear his voiceovers in dozens of films and TV shows, including Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Sword of Destiny. Jeffrey is a founding member of Exit, Pursued by a Bear. www.jeffreyomura.com. Follow @jeffreyomura on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

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MEET JAMES YAEGASHI!

House Rules is a compelling dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ralph B. Pena, and featuring the dynamic James Yaegashi as Rod!

Hi James! We are so happy to have you be a part of House Rules.  This isn’t your first time working with Ma-Yi, is it?
It isn’t!  I worked on I_NY and I’ve participated in some readings here in the past.

Well, we’re glad to have you back.  What are you looking forward to most in this rehearsal process?
Playing with all the talented people in the room.

It’s a good group… So why should someone come see this play?
It’s a quietly reverberating play that will hit home in many ways.

What’s your favorite game?
Poker

Classic.  Is there any game that your family makes up its own rules for?
Uno.  We have brutal house rules.

Do you have any odd special skills or unusual hobbies?
Not odd, but I practice aikido.

What is your favorite late night snack?
Whiskey.

Anything you want to say to your mom and dad?
Miss you.

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JAMES YAEGASHI Ma-Yi: I_New York. Broadway: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Take Me Out (2003 Tony for Best Play). Off-Broadway: The Oldest Boy (LCT); Take Me Out, Richard III, Durango, and Ping-Pong (NYSF/The Public); A Few Stout Individuals (Signature); and Macbeth (TFANA). Regional: Longwharf, South Coast Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Kennedy Center, etc. International: Singapore Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Donmar Warehouse and Taganka Theatre. Film & TV: Madam Secretary, Daredevil, Man on a Ledge, 13 Conversations About One Thing, and The Thomas Crown Affair, etc. Interactive: Bioshock series, Grand Theft Auto series, and Midnight Club III Remix. James is also an award-winning filmmaker (Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty), translator of numerous contemporary Japanese plays, and was conceiver of the international benefit SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan.

 

MEET CONRAD SCHOTT!

House Rules is a compelling dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ralph B. Pena, and featuring the talented Conrad Schott as Henry.

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CONRAD SCHOTT (Henry) New York Theatre: Most recently seen in NY premiere of Charles Mee’s The Glory of the World at BAM, directed by Les Waters; 10 out of 12 (Soho Rep., dir. Les Waters); Macbeth (NY Distilling Co.); Unsex me Here (HERE). Regional Theatre: Dracula, The Glory of the World (2015 Humana Festival), Our Town, and Remix 38 (2014 Humana Festival) (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Additional Credits: Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice, National Theatre Institute, BADA Midsummer in Oxford. B.A. from Vassar College and M.F.A. from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting.

MEET THE STAGE MANAGER!

House Rules is a compelling dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ralph B. Pena, and stage managed by the incredible Jennifer Delac.

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Welcome back, Jen!  We’ve seen you around before, haven’t we?
Yes! I’ve been with Ma-Yi for about 3 years now both as a stage manager and as a choreographer. My first show with Ma-Yi was the first full production of “The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!”.

What are you looking forward to most in this rehearsal process?
Getting to know this incredible team better and delving into the very real life moments presented in this play.

So why should someone come see this play?
It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will make you think and appreciate, particularly when it comes to family.

What’s your favorite game?
Guesstures

I can just tell that’s a fun one by it’s name!  Does your family ever make up its own rules when you play games together?
Absolutely! There are some games we don’t mess with but there are others where we like to mix things up just to make it more interesting or give it an extra challenge. My family is pretty big on game nights. Growing up we had game night parties where we sometimes even invented our own games to fit a certain holiday.

That sounds awesome. So tell us something fun about yourself- any special skills or hidden talents?
I’m a dancer and a choreographer. I have danced with a fire torch before for a show but I wouldn’t say I make it a habit.

What is your favorite late night snack?
Popcorn or ice cream…or both.

Sounds delicious!  Anything you want to shout out to your mom and dad?
Love you to the moon and back! When’s the next game night?!

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 Jennifer Delac: (Production Stage Manager)- Past Ma-Yi credits include: Soldier X (HERE), Livin La Vida Imelda (The Clurman), 25th Anniversary: David Merrick Tribute (The Hudson Theatre), The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (The Paramount, La Mama, and The Children’s Theatre Company). Other NY Credits include: Double It (Dir. Chen Shi-Zheng, Rose Nableburgh), The Scarlet Ibis (HERE Arts), and Fire.Water.Night (Ellen Stewart Theatre). When Jen is not stage managing, she can be found dancing and choreographing. Most recently as the Dance Captain/Assistant Director for Song From the Uproar produced by LA Opera and BMP. She is also a member of the SDCF Observorship class this year. Jen would like to thank this incredible team, Ma-Yi, and her family for their endless support!

 

MEET TIFFANY VILLARIN!

House Rules is a compelling dark comedy written by Labbie A. Rey Pamatmat featuring the lovely and talented Tiffany Villarin.

 

The folks at Ma-Yi took a few minutes to get to know Tiffany a little bit better, and we’re thrilled to share with you what we learned here.

 


 

What character do you play, Tiffany?
Momo

Is this your first encounter with House Rules?
No, I think I’ve been lucky enough to do one reading and two workshops of this play at Ma-Yi and at the Lark within the past year.

But this is your first full production with Ma-Yi, right?
Yes!

What are you looking forward to most in this rehearsal process?
…spending time with these funny, talented people!

And who do you think should come see this show?
Do you have a sibling rivalry? Filipino parents? Mad Monopoly skills? There’s something in this for you!

What’s your favorite game?
Oh man, I love the two player card game Spit and the party card game Spoons. I tend to get really competitive. Blood has been drawn.

Does your family ever play with it’s own “rules” for a certain game?
My family asks for full participation in dancing The Twist and The Electric Slide at our New Year’s Eve Party. Bonus points if you can Wobble.

Sweet!  Sounds like fun.  Besides being an awesome dancer/game player, do you have any odd or unusual special skills?
I can name all of the helping verbs. Am, is, are, was, were, be….etc.

What is your favorite late night snack?
I love to dunk honey graham crackers in a glass of cold milk.

If you could say anything to your mom and dad right now, what would it be?
Maraming salamat…po?

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TIFFANY VILLARIN: Regional: THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Bristol Riverside), PEERLESS (Yale Repertory), THE GROWN UP (Actors Theatre Humana Festival 2014), GHOSTWRITTEN (Goodman).  New York: PEERLESS (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), FIGARO (The Pearl), DREAM ACTS (Re/Union Company), GENTRIFUSION (Red Fern), RESURRECTION (Diverse City), Nina in National Asian American Theatre Company’s vaudeville inspired version of THE SEAGULL, SIX (2G). Chicago: CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST (Timeline Theatre), GOLDEN CHILD (Silk Road Rising), THE SEARCH FOR ODYSSEUS (Adventure Stage Chicago).  Film/Television: THE BLACKLIST (recurring), GOTHAM (co-star), CERTAINTY (supporting).  Sundance Theatre Lab 2007: GHOSTWRITTEN and HAVE YOU SEEN STEVE STEVEN? Ms. Villarin has a B.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School of DePaul University and is a member of The Actors Center.

 

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