Experiments 17: Non-Player Character

January 16



Monday at 7PM

Free Admission

Written by Walt McGough
Directed by Bevin O'Gara

Aspiring video game designer Katja and her longtime friend Trent are an unstoppable team against animated monsters in the virtual underworlds of SpearLight, an online role-playing game. But after a humiliating falling-out, Trent marshals an army of internet trolls to wage real-life war against her. Comic and poignant, Non-Player Character is a timely, boldly theatrical exploration of the games we play and who’s winning.

About the Artists

WALT MCGOUGH is a Boston-based playwright (by way of Pittsburgh and Chicago). In Boston, he has held fellowships with both the Huntington and New Repertory Theatre Companies, and was a finalist for the 2016 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award. His plays include PATTERN OF LIFE, which was named Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England, and THE FARM, PRISCILLA DREAMS THE ANSWER, and PAPER CITY PHOENIX, all of which received Best New Play IRNE nominations. Other plays include CHALK, DANTE DIES!! (AND THEN THINGS GET WEIRD), THE HABERDASHER!, and NON-PLAYER CHARACTER, which was part of the 2016 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark, the Huntington, the Playwrights Foundation, New Rep, NNPN, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Fresh Ink, Sideshow, Nu Sass Productions, and Chicago Dramatists. In 2015, his play ADVICE FOR ASTRONAUTS was selected as the winner of the Milken Playwriting Prize. He serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, and was previously the company manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University, and cohosts the pop-culture comedy podcast "Crossover Appeal." For more information, visit www.waltmcgough.com
BEVIN O'GARA is an Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company where she directed Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar and Melinda Lopez's Becoming Cuba. Other credits include appropriate, Tribes (Elliot Norton & IRNE Awards for Best Play), Clybourne Park, appropriate and the world premiere of A Future Perfect (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Phédre (Actors' Shakespeare Project); The Chronicles of Kalki, Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show, You for Me For You, Love Person, and The Pain and the Itch (Company One); Translations (Bad Habit Productions); Matt and Ben (Central Square Theater); Two Wives of India and Gary (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); 2.5 Minute Ride (Downstage @ New Rep); Othello and The Crucible (New Rep On Tour); Melancholy Play (Holland Productions); Bat Boy: The Musical (Metro Stage); Tattoo Girl, Painting You, and Artifacts (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop); and ANTI-KISS (3 Monkeys Theatrical Productions). She has also worked with New Repertory Theatre, the Gaiety Theatre of Dublin, and the Actors Centre of Australia. She has a BFA from Boston University in Theatre Studies.