House Rules

by  A. Rey Pamatmat

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 3f

"The playwright presents the characters in crisp three dimensions [...] well done." - Huffington Post

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    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Rod thinks the game is fixed. Momo’s still learning the rules. Twee doesn’t think winning is enough. JJ hates his hand. And why the hell is Henry still playing? Two families (and some guy named Henry) panic with hilarious and heartbreaking results when they realize their parents won’t be around forever. Can anybody prepare for the inevitable moment when they’re the ones left holding all the cards?
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"The playwright presents the characters in crisp three dimensions [...] well done." - Huffington Post, Read More 

"A. Rey Pamatmat’s play is a web of love and conflict between cultures, and parents and children, that is never sentimental or schmaltzy, but funny and unapologetic.” - Front Row Center, Read More 

"Mr. Pamatmat has compelling ideas about human psychology and dramatic structure [...] flashes of surprising truth, particularly in the sibling interactions.” - The New York Times  

"Pamatmat’s story is well told and there are many truths to be found [...] like life, there is not a total resolve for his character’s conflicts. Sometimes, self-will and communication fails us. Fortunately, Pamatmat’s play does not.” - Manhattan Digest, Read More


  • Behind the scenes of Ma-Yi Theatre's production of House Rules
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: New York City
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 3f
ERNIE - late 60's, Filipino, ROD's and JJ's father
ROD - early 30's, Filipino-American, ERNIE's oldest son
HENRY - early 30's, not Filipino, ROD's (recently ex-)boyfriend
JJ - late 20's, Filipino-American, ERNIE's youngest son
MOMO - early 30's, Filipino-American, VERA's youngest daughter
TWEE - mid-30's, Filipino-American, VERA's oldest daughter
VERA - 60's, Filipina, TWEE's and MOMO's mother
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  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)


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A. Rey Pamatmat

A. Rey Pamatmat’s play after all the terrible things I do premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and runs at next at The Huntington Theatre in 2014 – ’15. His play A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name was presented at the 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, his second residency there after Thunder Above, Deeps Belo ...

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House Rules premiered in a production by Ma-Yi Theatre Company in New York City in March 2016 under the direction of Ralph B. Peña.

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