Jan 16, 2017
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Experiments 17: Non-Player Character

Written by Walt McGough
Directed by Bevin O’Gara

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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.

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


The show is produced under the following program(s):

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Now accepting submissions! For the 21st season of La MaMa Experiments we will focus on theatre-makers working outside the American experience. Whether it’s plays about navigating the UK’s National Health Service or escaping an arranged marriage in India’s upperclass society, each month during our season we will present works in progress that explore universal themes set in frameworks foreign to most Americans.

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