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TIMELY NEW DRAMA AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO BY A. REY PAMATMAT, DIRECTED BY PETER DuBOIS BEGINS FRIDAY, MAY 22 AT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company will conclude its 2014-2015 season with the provocative new drama after all the terrible things I do by A. Rey Pamatmat and directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Smart People). Performances begin Friday, May 22 and continue through June 21, 2015 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 

“I fell in love with this play when I read it for both the sensitivity of Rey Pamatmat’s voice and the way he engages in a major social conversation with great warmth, sharp humor, and an incisive point of view,” says director Peter DuBois. “The story makes my heart race, and I think our audiences will love it.” Hear more from DuBois about the production at huntingtontheatre.org/peter-after-all-the-terrible-things-i-do.

In after all the terrible things I do, recent college graduate Daniel moves back to his hometown with the hopes of rediscovering himself and completing his first real novel. Daniel’s obsession with the poet Frank O’Hara leads him to write about O’Hara’s romantic relationship with his male roommate, coupled with Daniel’s own life experiences. (The title of Pamatmat’s play references a Frank O’Hara poem.) After forming an immediate connection during an interview, local Filipina bookstore owner Linda hires Daniel to work an entry level position in her store. Daniel and Linda quickly discover that their pasts are connected in a pivotal way. after all the terrible things I do examines how our prejudices impact those closest to us and what the cost of forgiveness and second chances actually looks like. Pamatmat explores the origins of bullying and its mental and psychological ramifications in this deeply felt and intimate new play. 

“Past Huntington seasons have brought to life such emotional, intelligent, and even dangerous plays, and I am thrilled to have after all the terrible things I do in such skilled hands,” says playwright A. Rey Pamatmat. 

Wisconsin Gazette says “the 95-minute play whisks by so quickly it almost catches you off guard. It’s that riveting,” and Milwaukee.com says after all the terrible things I do is a “moving and searing drama. This play is a galvanizing event.”

after all the terrible things I do is supported by Huntington Season Sponsors Carol G. Deane and J. David Wimberly, Production Sponsors Jane & Fred Jamieson, Cast Sponsors Mary Wolfson & Bob Rosenberg, and Scenic Sponsors by The Hunt, the Huntington’s Young Donor program.

CELEBRATING THE PLAYS OF A. REY PAMATMAT

This spring, the Huntington and Company One Theatre celebrate the work of A. Rey Pamatmat by premiering two of his plays in Boston and introducing audiences to this young and emerging Filipino American playwright. The Huntington’s production of after all the terrible things I do will run alongside Company One Theatre’s production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Both productions will be produced in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, the Huntington’s home for new plays. Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them will run from June 4 – June 27, 2015 in Deane Hall.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Zachary Booth plays the aspiring author Daniel. He has appeared on Broadway in The Winslow Boy and Off Broadway in The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre), and Me Myself and I and Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons). His film credits include Ava's Possession, Keep the Lights On, Dark Horse, White Irish Drinkers, Taking Woodstock, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Mr. Booth is a series regular in the television show “South of Hell,” and his other television credits include Michael Hewes in “Damages,” "Person of Interest," "Elementary," "White Collar," and  "Royal Pains." He is a member of The Barrow Group Theatre community and he is a part of The Workshop Company at The Actors Center.

Tina Chilip plays Filipina bookstore owner Linda. She has Off Broadway credits that include Golden Child (Signature Theatre, dir. Leigh Silverman), Flipzoids (Ma-Yi Theater Company), and Joy Luck Club (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre). Other New York credits include A Dream Play (National Asian American Theatre Company), Sweet Karma (Queens Theatre in the Park), and Twelfth Night (Leviathan Lab). Regional performances include The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Chinglish (Portland Center Stage and Syracuse Stage), M. Butterfly (Guthrie Theater), Yellow Face (TheatreWorks), and work with Trinity Repertory Company, American Conservatory Theater, and more. Internationally, she was in David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She has appeared on television in “Royal Pains.” Ms. Chilip is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.

A. Rey Pamatmat (Playwright) is the author of after all the terrible things I do and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, produced nationwide, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, 2013 GLAAD Media and Lambda Literary Awards nominations). Edith’s Spanish translation was featured at Guadalajara’s Semana Internacional de la Dramaturgia in June 2014, and the play was translated into Russian through a residency at Moscow’s Mayakovsky Center in October 2014. His other plays include Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation), A Spare Me (Waterwell), DEVIANT (Vortex Theatre Company), and High/Limbo/High (HERE). His plays are represented by Samuel French and Playscripts. He is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a Princess Grace Special Projects Grant, an NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, and an E.S.T./Sloan Grant. He was the 2012-2013 Hodder Fellow in Playwriting, the 2011-2012 PoNY Fellow, and is the co-director of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab. He received his BFA from New York University and his MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Peter DuBois (Director) is in his seventh season as Artistic Director at the Huntington where his directing credits include the world premieres of Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, Evan M. Wiener’s Captors, Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s, and David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples; the regional premieres of Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff and Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw and Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss. His West End/London credits include Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre), All New People with Zach Braff (Duke of York’s Theatre), and Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre). His New York credits include The Power of Duff with Greg Kinnear (New York Stage and Film/ Powerhouse Theater); the premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn (Playwrights Horizons, 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist); Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw, Trust with Sutton Foster, All New People, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage Theatre); Measure for Pleasure, Richard III with Peter Dinklage, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?, and Biro (The Public Theater/NYSF); and Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman and The View From 151st Street (LAByrinth Theater Company/The Public Theater). Regional US and UK credits include productions at American Conservatory Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, Humana Festival of New Plays, Manchester Opera House, and King’s Theater Glasgow. Before arriving at the Huntington, he served for five years as associate producer and resident director at The Public Theater, preceded by five years as artistic director of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. Prior to his work at Perseverance, Mr. DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic where he co-founded Asylum, a multi-national squat theatre in Prague. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsday, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The Evening Standard, and Improper Bostonian, and he received an Honorable Mention for 2013 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe Magazine

The Huntington’s production of after all the terrible things I do features scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos (The Colored Museum, A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Ruined at the Huntington); lighting design by Lap Chi Chu (A Raisin in the Sun and Ruined at the Huntington); and sound design by M.L. Dogg (Smart People, The Power of Duff, and Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Huntington). Production stage manager is Emily McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org

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PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR

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WHEN
May 22 – June 21, 2015
Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.

Press Opening: Wednesday, June 3, 7pm. RSVP online.

WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:

  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni)
  • $25 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $15 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO:

35 BELOW WRAP PARTY
Friday, May 29, following the 8pm performance
A post-show party for the region’s culturally curious aged 35 and below featuring backstage access, free refreshments, and live entertainment. Mingle with members of the cast, creative team, and Huntington staff. Hang out with friends and meet new people.

35 Below tickets are available at all performances to patrons 35 and under for just $25. Harpoon Brewery is the official beer of 35 Below.

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION
Tuesday, June 2 before the 7:30pm performance
A pre-show reception with refreshments for members of the Community Membership program. Community Membership is an initiative designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited income and to diversify the Huntington's audience to better reflect the city of Boston. Members can purchase best-available tickets to any performance without restriction for just $15. Membership is free and available through partnerships with agencies and organizations that serve limited-income populations. Santander is the Lead Supporter of the Huntington’s Community Membership program.

ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, June 11 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, June 17 after the 2pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of after all the terrible things I do and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, June 14 after the 2pm performance
Join Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland and poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Lloyd Schwartz for an in depth discussion about poet Frank O’Hara following the 2pm performance. Humanities Forums are presented in conjunction with all Huntington productions.

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