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02/10/2012: Out of Joint by A. Rey Pamatmat, and Regie Cabico Live (SF)

bjanepr Asian Explosion events and readings will all take place on the Magic Theatre stage surrounding performances of Jesus in India, and every reading is free and open to the public.

Friday 2/10: 5:30pm-7pm Out of Joint by A. Rey Pamatmat

A. Rey Pamatmat recently received the 2011–12 Playwright of New York Fellowship. His playEdith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them began its rolling world premiere at the 2011 Humana Festival before playing at New Theater, Actors Express, Mu Performing Arts, B Street, and Manbites Dog. His plays have been produced Off-Off Broadway by Second Generation (Thunder Above, Deeps Below), the Vortex (DEVIANT), HERE (High/Limbo/High), and Vampire Cowboys (Red Rover). Samuel French will publish both Edith and Thunder in 2012. Rey’s work has been developed at The Public Theater, Playwrights’ Horizons, Ma-Yi, the O’Neill, Victory Gardens, Magic Theatre, The Curious Theater, American Theater Company, Ars Nova, Rattlestick, E.S.T., New Dramatists, and The Lark. He was a recipient of the Princess Grace Fellowship for Playwriting, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, an E.S.T./Sloan commission, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab. BFA: NYU, MFA: Yale School of Drama.


Regie Cabico is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of the poetry slam, having won 3 top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slams and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. Bust Magazine ranked him in the 100 Men We Love & The Kenyon Review called him “the Lady Gaga of Poetry”. He received 3 NY Innovative Theater Award nominations and won a 2006 Best Performance Art Production award for his work on Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Other theater credits include the Hip Hop Theater Festival, the Humana Theater Festival & Dixon Place. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets CaféSpoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has taught at Urban Word, Poets House, Kundiman, and Split This Rock. Mr. Cabico received the Writers for Writers Award for his work with at-risk youth from Poets and Writers. Other recipients include Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Amy Tan and Stephen King. Mr. Cabico has shared the stages with Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg & Michael Ealy as part of Howard Zinn’sA People’s History and with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, and Smashing Pumpkins, among others as a featured poet on Lollapalooza. He is former NYU Artist in Residence for Asian Pacific American Studies. When not performing throughout the UK and North America, he resides in Washington, DC. where he makes Thai food and practices his Tina Turner impersonation.

Magic Theatre Fort Mason Center, Building D 3rd Floor (Theatre), 2nd Floor (Offices) San Francisco, California 94123

Art as Activism: Asian Pacific Americans and the Spoken Word Scene


From Christine Fukushima at Pacific Citizen:

With his crazy hair and boundless energy, 41-year-old Regie Cabico doesn’t seem old enough to be the “grandfather of Asian American slam poetry.” But the self-proclaimed title is fitting.

“I like to say, and I will say, that I am the first Asian American slammer to win the top prizes of the time. I knew how to play the game,” Cabico said with his infectious smile.

Utilizing his theater skills, Cabico quickly became popular on the slam circuit after graduating from NYU in 1992. He found that he was usually the only APA performing at the famed Nuyorican Poet’s Café on New York’s Lower East Side.

“They’ve never had a young, gay Filipino person who’s off book. To this day I don’t think people know what to do with me.” He added, “I push the Asianness, I push the queerness.”

Cabico’s unique voice and perspective earned him spots on the ‘94 Lollapalooza Poetry Tour, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and MTV’s “Free Your Mind” Spoken Word Tour. He is also a three-time winner of the National Poetry Slam, the annual poetry slam championship tournament.

“To me spoken word is political theater and it’s the best way to get your point across,” Cabico said. He promotes this idea through his organization Sulu D.C., which provides emerging and established APA artists with a space to nurture their artistic growth, build their community and raise awareness of issues relevant to APA communities-at-large.

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