Category: walt mcgough

McGough’s ‘Non-Player Character’ at Red Theater

April 20th, 2019 in Alums, Blog, new plays, walt mcgough

Happy first performance of Non-Player Character—which runs until May 19—to Walt McGough and Chicago’s Red Theater!

Rockwell’s ‘With My Eyes Shut’ and McGough’s ‘False Flag’

June 1st, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Kira Rockwell, new plays, walt mcgough


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.

‘Brawler’ bows in Ithaca

April 8th, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Alums, Blog, Brawler, new plays, walt mcgough


Happy (second) opening to Walt, Bevin, Greg, Anthony, Gigi, Marc, and the rest of the Brawler team at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca!

Playwright Walt McGough on ‘Brawler’

March 15th, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Alums, Blog, Brawler, new plays, walt mcgough

walt-mcgough-headshot-webAncient 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

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Scores With ‘Brawler,’ A Tale Of Havoc And Hockey

March 5th, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Brawler, News & Press, walt mcgough

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.

Read full review...

Poster for ‘Brawler’

March 1st, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Alums, Blog, Brawler, new plays, walt mcgough


McGough’s ‘Non-Player Character’

February 7th, 2018 in Alums, Blog, new plays, walt mcgough


Happy, happy to Walt McGough and everyone at the San Francisco Playhouse—Non-Player Character has its first performance tonight!

Short plays at Weston High

November 16th, 2017 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon, Laura Neill, short plays, walt mcgough


Photo: Laura Neill (

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

BTM XVIII’s Warm-Up Laps

May 2nd, 2016 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XVIII, Cliff Odle, Kirsten Greenidge, new plays, walt mcgough





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:

12 noon
And Moira Spins
By Kirsten Greenidge

2 p.m.
Lost Tempo
By Cliff Odle

4 p.m.
By Walt McGough


And don't miss all the fun of Boston Theater Marathon XVIII on May 8! Tickets

McGough’s ‘Paper City Phoenix’

April 15th, 2016 in Alums, Blog, new plays, walt mcgough


Happy opening night to Chicago's Tympanic Theatre Company and Paper City Phoenix, by alum Walt McGough! The play runs through May 8—read more about it here.