Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2004
A. Rey Pamatmat’s plays include: after all the terrible things I do (Huntington, Milwaukee Rep, About Face), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Humana Festival, Company One, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, GLAAD and Lambda Nominee), and House Rules (Ma-Yi). He is currently working on Safe, Three Queer Plays a cycle that follows the recent seismic changes in Queer America through a gay man of color’s romantic and artistic life.
His short works appeared in 59E59’s Summer Shorts 2016, New Black Fest’s Facing Our Truth, The Mysteries at The Flea, Keen Teens, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s New Play Project, and two Humana Festival anthologies. Other productions: Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation), A Spare Me (Waterwell), DEVIANT (Vortex), High/Limbo/High (HERE). Publication: Samuel French, Playscripts, Cambria Press, Vintage. Awards: ’12/’13 Hodder Fellowship, ’11/’12 PoNY Fellowship, Princess Grace Award and Special Projects Grant, NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, E.S.T./Sloan Grant. Rey is Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and teaches at Primary Stages ESPA and SUNY Purchase. BFA: NYU, MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Agency for the Performing Arts
EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM
Three kids — Kenny, his sister Edith, and their friend Benji — are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny’s and Benji’s relationship becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn’t shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.
Productions: Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Express, New Theater, Manbites Dog (2011); Mu Performing Arts, B Street Theater, Artists at Play (2012); Theatre Confetti, Seattle Public Theatre (2013).
Development: New Work Now at The Public Theatre, Victory Gardens’s Ignition Festival, NNPN Showcase, (2010).
“Utterly sincere and winning drama about three good kids that sparkles with moments of gentle comedy. Pamatmat’s struggling but goodhearted young characters are neither disengaged nor cynical, and they feel all the more real for it.” – Louisville Courier-Journal
“Edith… is a beautifully rendered portrait of three young people as they struggle to remain young in a circumstance that forces them to have the stresses of the adult world.” – Cincinnati Examiner
THUNDER ABOVE, DEEPS BELOW
Three homeless friends — a Filipina-American with a hidden past, a Filipina transsexual, and a Puerto Rican hustler — struggle on the Chicago streets to scrounge up enough cash to bus it to San Francisco before the winter cold hits. But when a bearded man on a quest, a mystery man in sunglasses, a wealthy john, and a doughnut shop’s spell-casting assistant manager put their hopes and friendships to the test, the trio find they must spare some change of a far queerer kind.
Productions: Second Generation (2009), Bindlestiff Studio (2012).
Development: Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2008), National Asian American Theatre Festival (2008).
“Large, loud, and complex—at times deeply funny, at times deeply disturbing…it is at once movingly optimistic and cruelly cynical…it is, in fact, great theatre.” – NYTheatre.com
“The play successfully…gets its hands dirty with the hard truths about internalized homophobia, and the traumas a variety of societies and families inflict on anyone who is sexually different…an intelligent look at the twisted thinking that makes that word a potent tool for abuse and control…an engaging, rich play that, though sometimes difficult, is finally deeply rewarding.” – DramaQueen.com
Worlds collide when Sara and Valerie — a lesbian couple pursuing the American dream — meet James, a misguided grad student/prostitute too jaded to believe that dreams still matter. When the three start sharing the same apartment and lives and dreams intertwine, will they discover that there is no place for these dreams in their lives or that there is no place for their lives in these dreams?
Vortex Theatre (2005)
“This is interesting, adventurous theatre that introduces us to several artists who bear watching.” – NYTheatre.com
“The Vortex takes a bold leap into the twenty-first century, raising the bar for forward-looking theater… I’ve seen a lot of plays recently that tried mightily for profundity, but DEVIANT is the real deal, packed with insight, intelligence, wild sexiness and humor. ” – HX Magazine
OUT OF JOINT
14M or W
Dr. Kajish creates a time travel formula to save mankind by giving it endless second chances. But as people skip indiscriminately through time humiliating enemies, saving lives, and negotiating perfect vacations, the universe unravels in this romp through the recent future, the distant present, and a past still to come.
Production: Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp (2011).
Development: Magic Theatre, The Lark/The Flea Theatre (2012)
THE SHOTGUN MESSAGE
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, naive 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.
Development: Victory Gardens’s Ignition Festival (2012)
AND RIGHT NOW
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.
Development: South Coast Repertory Theatre (Commission), The Lark’s Playwright Workshop Readings (2012)
Felicia, Joey, Kat, and Matthew reunite for a wedding in their small hometown of Port Huron, Michigan — a town that changes only as much as it stays the same. Navigating through their old haunts, a traditional marriage, sexual experimentation, a trouble-making bridesmaid, and their own dead hurts, the four friends are forced to examine the people they were, are, and want to be in the six nights preceding one beautiful day.
Development:Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (2007), 2g’s In the Works (2008), American Theater Company (2011)
Alan Turing, the queer, British mathematician whose ideas would usher in the digital age, works obsessively to complete his great work: an intelligent machine capable of thinking, learning, and — one day — living. But when his life and work are put on trial, Alan is forced to confront the painful connection between his pursuit of artificial life and his first love’s death and to follow his passionate obsession to its inevitable, ultimate end.
Development: E.S.T./Sloan First Light Festival (2008), Ars Nova’s Out Loud Series (2009)
Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them and Thunder Above, Deeps Below are available from Samuel French, Inc. Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them is also available — as are Rey’s short plays This is How It Ends, Ain’t Meat, and 1,260-Minute Life — from Playscripts, Inc. in the 2007 and 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays Anthologies.