by Walt McGough
Directed by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary
BU Lane-Comley Studio 210
JUN 14-29/2014

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.

Tickets are $30 general admission.
[$15 for Boston University College of Fine Arts members / New Repertory Theatre subscribers.]

Press Performance: Monday, June 16, 7:30pm

PATTERN OF LIFE will be performed at the Boston University Theatre,
Lane-Comley Studio 210, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Directions to Lane-Comley Studio 210



Click here to read the Boston Globe feature on PATTERN OF LIFE playwright Walt McGough!

Nael Nacer*


Nael Nacer*


NAEL NACER* (Rahmat) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Lungs and The Kite Runner.  Other area credits include Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company); Windowmen, The Farm and Gary (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Distracted (Underground Railway), The Temperamentals and Animal Crackers (The Lyric Stage Company); Love Person, 1001, The Aliens, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company One); The Flu Season (Whistler in the Dark); Waters Rising and 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) and Lemonade (NYC Fringe Festival).

Lewis D. Wheeler*


Lewis D. Wheeler*


LEWIS D. WHEELER* (Carlo) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Rancho Mirage, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Silence, and Cyrano. A founding member of the new Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, acting credits there include The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, and he directed Sticks and Bones. Regional credits include No Man’s Land/IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (American Repertory Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, and The Glass Menagerie (The 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 Theater); No Exit (Payomet); Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); Bald Soprano, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, What the Butler Saw, and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; and work at American Stage (Florida), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, The Vineyard Playhouse, and The Center for Arts in Natick. Film and television credits include The Company Men, Gone Baby Gone, Pink Panther 2, Underdog, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), and Brotherhood (Showtime). Mr. Wheeler earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. He resides in Boston.

Creative Team
Walt McGough, Playwright
Walt McGough


Walt McGough is a Boston-based playwright, a New Rep Next Voices Playwriting Fellow, and a Playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company. His plays include the upcoming Pattern of Life (developed through New Rep’s Next Voices Fellowship), The Farm (IRNE & Broadway World Boston Nominee, Best New Play), The Haberdasher!Priscilla Dreams the Answer (IRNE Nominee, Best New Play), Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), Paper City Phoenix, and Chalk. 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, D.C., 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 a writing fellowship to the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, 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, for which he serves as Literary Manager. He currently 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. For more information and random musings, visit

Bridget Kathleen O'Leary, Director
Bridget Kathleen O'Leary


BRIDGET KATHLEEN O’LEARY (Director) joined New Rep in 2008 where she serves as Associate Artistic Director. Most recently, she has directed New Rep’s productions of Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, LungsFully CommittedCollected StoriesDollHouseboom, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Other Place (The Nora Theatre and Underground Railway Theater); Recent Tragic Events, and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark). 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. She is the Chair of the Literary Committee for the National New Play Network and a member of the New England New Play Alliance. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.

Courtney Nelson, Scenic & Properties Designer
Courtney Nelson

Scenic & Properties Designer

Courtney Nelson (Scenic Designer, Pattern of Life) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Tongue of a Bird, Our Lady,
and In Between. Recent Boston credits include Florencia en el Amazonas (Boston University Opera Institute); The Skin of Our Teeth (Boston University School of Theatre); and Of Mice and Men (Moonbox Productions). She is currently pursuing an MFA at Boston University and holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin. Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, she now resides in Roxbury. Following Pattern of Life, Courtney will work with New Brooklyn Theatre and Boston University on Enemy of the People in Charleston, WV and The Cherry Orchard in Istanbul, Turkey.

Leonard Augustine Choo, Costume Designer
Leonard Augustine Choo

Costume Designer

Leonard Augustine Choo (Costume Designer, Imagining Madoff/Pattern of Life) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing costumes for the original run of Imagining Madoff. Recent design credits include Don Giovanni (BU Opera Institute and Huntington Theatre Company); and A Doll House, The Penelopiad, Waiting for Godot, and House (Boston Center for American Performance). Assistant design credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); and Into the Woods (W!ld Rice Theatre Company). He has also worked for the Boston Ballet and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. Originally from Singapore, Mr. Choo received the Tan Ean Kiam Student-of-the-Year Arts Award while at the National University of Singapore. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Overseas Arts Scholarship from the Singapore National Arts Council to pursue an MFA in Costume Design at Boston University.

Nate Jewett, Lighting Designer
Nate Jewett

Lighting Designer

Nate Jewett (Lighting Designer, Pattern of Life) is the Lighting and Sound Supervisor at New Repertory Theatre. Recent area credits include Lighting Designer for Annemarie’s Dance Centre; Master Electrician for Velveteen Rabbit, The Homework Machine, and Of Mice and Men (Boston Children’s Theatre); and Assistant Lighting Designer for M (Huntington Theatre Company). Mr. Jewett earned a BFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. Originally from Portland, Maine, he currently resides in Allston.

Edward Young, Sound Designer
Edward Young

Sound Designer

Edward Young (Sound Designer, Imagining Madoff/Pattern of Life) is a Boston-area sound designer and composer. He returns to New Repertory Theatre after sound designing Holiday Memories and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for New Rep On Tour. Other area credits include The Flick, How We Got On, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Company One); and The Lover and Not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston). Recently he was a Sound Design Fellow at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. He earned his degree in Music Technology and Composition from Northeastern University. Originally from Pennsylvania, he lives in Boston.

Michele Teevan*, Stage Manager
Michele Teevan*

Stage Manager

Michele Teevan * (Stage Manager, Pattern of Life) returns to New Repertory Theatre after production assisting Amadeus and Little Shop of Horrors. Other area credits include Production Assistant for The Whale, TribesClybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Next to Normal, The Divine Sister, Stage Manager for What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, All About Election Eve, The Blue Room and Assistant Stage Manager for Sorry, Wrong Number (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Production Assistant for Henry VIII (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Assistant Stage Manager for The Nutcracker (Northeast Youth Ballet); Stage Manager for The Death of Tintagiles and Cruel Botany (imaginary beasts); Stage Manager for The Fakus: A Noir (Centastage); and Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet (Happy Medium Theatre Company). She earned her BFA in Stage and Production Management from Emerson College. Ms. Teevan is currently Associate Production Manager at SpeakEasy Stage Company and a Deck 3 Sub with Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse.

*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


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