New Rep and BCAP to Stage Walt McGough's PATTERN OF LIFE, 6/14-29
New Repertory Theatre announces PATTERN OF LIFE by Walt McGough, June 14 through June 29, 2014 at the Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210. PATTERN OF LIFE is co- presented with Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) and is directed by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep box office at 617-923-8487 or visiting us online at newrep.org. Student, senior, and group discounts are available. The press performance is Monday, June 16 at 7:30pm.
"New Rep is strongly committed to the production and development of new works," says New Rep Artistic Director, Jim Petosa, who also serves as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts at Boston University. "We're thrilled to present Walt McGough's extraordinary world premiere production in our season as we conclude our inaugural Next Rep Black Box Festival."
"The Next Voices Playwriting Fellowship program has allowed New Rep to tap into the energy of emerging playwrights and their work," says New Rep Managing Director, Harriet Sheets. "As one of New Rep's Playwriting Fellows, Walt has been able to develop PATTERN OF LIFE over the past year through workshops and readings, allowing him to finely tune this amazing new play."
"Walt has the incredible ability to create challenging, beautiful, and complex plays that provide audiences with almost endless variety," says New Rep Associate Artistic Director, Bridget Kathleen O'Leary. "PATTERN OF LIFE benefits from Walt's thoughtfulness as a playwright, and it has been a pleasure to work with him throughout the year to bring this play to life."
About PATTERN OF LIFE: The mistaken death of a young boy links two men thousands of miles apart. The first, a drone pilot, tries to fight through a haze of guilt and anxiety and find something human to hold on to. The second, a Pakistani villager, struggles to comprehend the tragedy and put a face on a faceless enemy. A series of shared dreams lets them begin to see one another and explore questions of revenge, justice, and connection in a time of perpetual warfare.
About New Repertory Theatre: New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Entering its 30th anniversary season as a leading self-producing theatre in greater Boston, New Rep produces contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves 45,000-50,000 patrons, including over 2,200 season Subscribers. In addition to its main programming, the non-profit theatre produces New Rep's Next Voices, with four playwrights each season, which develops new plays into three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, summerSTAGE2, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.
New Rep's Mission: New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audience. New Rep presents world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. We are committed to education and outreach, including special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.
About Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP): The BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE serves as the professional production extension of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Expanding the definition of the College as an "artistic home," BCAP is designed to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the College. Creating productions in one of our many venues, BCAP employs professional artists to collaborate directly with student artists in a way that encourages intergenerational learning not only through the forging of strong teacher/student relationships, but through the creation of artistic collaborations between artists of differing levels of experience. This initiative encourages interaction among professional faculty artists, alumni, students, and other affiliated artists both locally and nationally. It is the College's conviction that such collaborations will have a profound impact on the educational mission, become a significant source of inspiration for the creation of new work and/or new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.
Nael Nacer* (Rahmat) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Lungs and The Kite Runner. Other area credits include Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage Company); The Seagull, Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company); Windowmen, The Farm, Gary (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); Sila, Distracted (Underground Railway); The Temperamentals, Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Company); Love Person, 1001, The Aliens, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company One); The Flu Season (Whistler in the Dark); Waters Rising, Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire (National Theatre of Allston); A Number (Payomet PAC); Bent (SouthCity Theatre); and Polaroid Stories (Tinderbox Stage Company). Off-Broadway credits include The Hiding Place (59E59 Theatres); and Lemonade (NYC Fringe Festival).
Lewis D. Wheeler* (Carlo) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Rancho Mirage, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Silence, and Cyrano. Regional credits include No Man's Land (IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor, American Repertory Theater); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, and The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage Company); Doubt and An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage Company); Arcadia (IRNE Nomination, Best Actor) and Troilus and Cressida (Publick Theatre); Life of Galileo (Underground Railway); No Exit (Payomet); Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); The Bald Soprano, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, What the Butler Saw, and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Other credits include work at American Stage, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, and The Center for Arts in Natick. He was a founding member of the Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, and directed Sticks and Bones. Film and television credits include The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Underdog, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, Hatfields & McCoys, and Gilded Lilys, and the upcoming film about Whitey Bulger, Black Mass. Mr. Wheeler earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute.
Walt McGough (Playwright) is a Boston-based playwright, a New Rep Next Voices Playwriting Fellow, and a Playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company. His plays include Pattern of Life, The Farm, The Haberdasher!, Priscilla Dreams the Answer, Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), Paper City Phoenix, and Chalk. His work has earned him three IRNE Award nominations for Best New Play. As a playwright and dramaturg, he has worked around the country with companies such as Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Fresh Ink, Sideshow Theatre Company, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, Infusion Theatre Company, and The Second City Chicago. He won the 2011 Best Comedy Award from the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC, and was named one of The Boston Globe's 2012 Artists on the Rise. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center's 2010 Ken Ludwig Scholarship and was a finalist for ACTF's John Cauble Short Play and ten-minute awards. He is a founding ensemble member of Sideshow Theatre Company in Chicago, currently serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company, 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. For more information and random musings, visit www.waltmcgough.com.
Bridget Kathleen O'Leary (Director, New Rep Associate Artistic Director) joined New Rep as Artistic and Education Associate in 2008. Most recently, she has directed New Rep's productions of Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production), DollHouse (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production), boom, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include The Other Place (Central Square Theater); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Roxbury Latin Summer Festival Theatre); Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark); The Boys of Winter (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, BKS Productions); The Devil's Teacup (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, Boston Playwrights' Theatre); and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The American Clock, Much Ado About Nothing, Curse of the Starving Class, Dancing at Lughnasa, Crave, and 4.48 Psychosis (Boston University School of Theatre). In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights' Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, DC with the Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Cherry Red Productions, Charter Theater, Studio Theatre Second Stage, and Phoenix Theatre DC, of which she was a founding member. Selected DC directing credits include Independence, Parallel Lives, and the creations of Unwrapped and Lulu Fabulous by area playwrights. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.
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