Category: walt mcgough
Happy first performance of Non-Player Character—which runs until May 19—to Walt McGough and Chicago’s Red Theater!
Happy opening to current MFA playwright Kira Rockwell, whose With My Eyes Shut has its West Coast premiere as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival through June 21...
...and also to playwright alum Walt McGough. McGough's False Flag plays tonight through June 10 in Portland (Maine), the final play in Dramatic Repertory Company's 2017-18 season.
Happy (second) opening to Walt, Bevin, Greg, Anthony, Gigi, Marc, and the rest of the Brawler team at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca!
Ancient Greece is not the obvious starting point for a play about ice hockey, but that’s where Brawler began, because sometimes playwriting is weird. I read Sophocles’ Ajax in graduate school at BU, in a translation by Bryan Dorries which was specifically geared towards soldiers returning from the Middle East. Dorries’ reasons for such a translation were clear: Sophocles, though most remembered as a dramatist, was a general as well, and because military service was compulsory in Grecian society, his plays were originally performed to audiences full of soldiers. With that in mind, it’s clear that Ajax is not a story about gods and destiny, but about a soldier struggling to survive after a war is over, and feeling abandoned by his commanders once he is no longer useful.
While that interesting bit of trivia rattled around in my brain, I also read something else: a New York Times article about Derek Boogaard, the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers player who, in 2011, died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, and became one of a number of hockey “enforcers” to suffer similar fates in a short timeframe. Here was another story about a warrior cast aside, which caught my interest. Boogaard’s story collided with Ajax’s in my brain, and just like that, a play was born. More
Review from WBUR's The ARTery
Walt McGough’s new play “Brawler” — playing through March 18 at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre — works too hard at first to keep its story moving, but scores in the end.
Pro hockey player Adam (Greg Maraio) — known affectionately to his teammates as Moose — goes berserk in a hockey arena locker room one night after a romantic evening of skating around on the ice with his girlfriend Trisha (Gigi Watson). He’s a powerful guy, and the havoc he wreaks is extensive. (Props to scenic designer Cristina Todesco, whose sets are always beautiful to behold. In this case, even wreckage seems eloquent.) The damage Adam does to the locker room is the least of the problems his outburst creates; his pal Jerry (Marc Pierre), the arena’s security guard, is on the hot seat for having let Adam and Trisha into the place for their private pleasure.
Happy, happy to Walt McGough and everyone at the San Francisco Playhouse—Non-Player Character has its first performance tonight!
Break a leg to ALL the playwrights on this bill (most of whom have appeared in the Boston Theater Marathon), but especially to playwright alums Walt McGough and Laura Neill (who has three plays in this event)! More
Boston Theater Marathon Weekend kicks off on Saturday, May 7 with the Warm-Up Laps—readings of three full-length plays—presented in collaboration with the Boston Center for the Arts' resident theatres in the BCA’s Deane Rehearsal Hall. The readings are FREE and open to the public.
The Warm-Up Laps include:
Sponsored by HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
And Moira Spins
By Kirsten Greenidge
Sponsored by COMPANY ONE THEATRE
By Cliff Odle
Sponsored by SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
By Walt McGough
And don't miss all the fun of Boston Theater Marathon XVIII on May 8! Tickets