Rules are for children...

An engaged gay couple with an expensive couch, a successful cartoonist who finds himself adding genitalia on his drawings of aliens, a closeted lesbian neurologist eager to learn all of her mother’s “authentic” recipes, and a dying Filipino curmudgeon obsessed with Romanian tits.

This is the volatile and hilarious cocktail of humans in HOUSE RULES, A. Rey Pamatmat’s funny and deeply moving new play about two Filipino families dealing with the impending death of parents. Meantime, there’s plenty of monopoly, mahjong, and gin rummy to keep them all busy.


This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: Co-op, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.



(Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring)



March 25 – April 16, 2016
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8:30pm | Saturday & Sunday @ 4pm
*no performance on Sunday, March 27th!

For Tickets & Information:
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A. Rey Pamatmat’s
(playwright) newest play House Rules will premiere at Ma-Yi Theatre Company, and his play after all the terrible things I do will be produced in About Face’s 25thAnniversary Season, both in Spring 2016. Recently, his work was celebrated in Boston where the Huntington and Company One Theatres presented after all and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them concurrently in the Calderwood Pavilion. Edith premiered at the Humana Festival, received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, and was nominated for GLAAD Media and Lambda Literary Awards. Rey’s plays A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name and Thunder Above, Deeps Below were developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and his shorts appeared in New Black Fest’s Facing Our Truth, The Mysteries at The Flea, 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 Writer’s Lab and teaches at Primary Stages ESPA and SUNY Purchase.

BFA: NYU, MFA: Yale School of Drama.


Ralph B. Peña (director) is the producing artistic director of Ma-Yi Theatre Company.  Recent directing credits include developing a new musical for ACT San Francisco, The Orphan of Zhao (Fordham Theatre), Macho Dancer: A Musical (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Livin’ La VidaImelda (Ma-Yi), Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!(Children’s Theater Co. and Ma-Yi, Off Broadway Alliance Award), Joshua Conkel’sCurmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Mike Lew’s microcrisis (Youngblood, Ma-Yi), andHouse/Boy (Dublin and Singapore Theater Festivals).  He received an Obie Award for his work on The Romance of Magno Rubio.  Upcoming projects include the premiere of House/Rules by A. Rey Pamatmat, and Felix Starro a new musical by Jessica Hagedorn and Fabian Obispo. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater. This is for Damien, always and forever.


Tina Chilip
Jojo Gonzalez
Mia Katigbak
Jeffrey Omura
Conrad Schott
Tiffany Villarin
James Yaegashi

Scenic Design: Reid Thompson
Costume Design: Martin Schnellinger
Lighting Design: Oliver Wason
Sound Design: Fabian Obispo
Production Stage Manager: Jennifer Delac
Public Relations: Sam Rudy Media Relations
Producer: John Kurzynowski

Ma-Yi Theater Company 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309 New York, NY 10018 212.971.4862 info [at]