Non-Player Character

by Walt McGough, Huntington Playwriting Fellow • Directed by M. 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.

Walt McGough is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and has also held a fellowship at New Repertory Theatre. His produced plays include The Farm, Priscilla Dreams the Answer, and Pattern of Life, all of which received Best New Play Award nominations from the Independent Reviewers of New England, as well as Chalk, Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), The Haberdasher! (a tale of derring-do), and Paper City Phoenix. He has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark Play Development Center, New Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink, Sideshow Theatre Company, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and Argos Productions. His play Advice for Astronauts was selected as the winner of the inaugural Milken Playwriting Prize this year. He is a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company, 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.

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