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* has performed at New Repertory Theatre in A Number, Pattern of LifeLungs, and The Kite Runner. Other area credits include The Flick (Gloucester Stage Company); Come Back, Little Sheba, Awake and Sing!, The Seagull, and Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company);  Intimate ApparelThe Temperamentals, and Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Company); A Future Perfect and Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage Company); WindowmenThe Farm, and Gary (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Sila and Distracted (Underground Railway Theater); Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse); Love Person, 1001, The Aliens, and 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); Bent (SouthCity Theatre); and Polaroid Stories (Tinderbox Stage Company). Off-Broadway credits include The Hiding Place (59E59 Theatres) and Lemonade (NYC Fringe Festival).  He is the recipient of a 2013 IRNE award for his work in David Cromer’s production of Our Town, and a 2015 Elliot Norton award for his work in Intimate Apparel. Mr. Nacer was born and raised in Paris, France and currently resides in Brookline, MA.  He can next be seen in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Wesley Savick’s adaptation of Rhinoceros (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), and Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Lyric Stage Company).

Lewis D. Wheeler*


Lewis D. Wheeler*


LEWIS D. WHEELER* is currently in the cast of Ideation and has previously appeared at New Rep in The Gift Horse, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Rancho Mirage, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Silence, and a touring production of Cyrano. Recent credits include Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage Company); and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre). Regional credits include No Man’s Land (American Repertory Theater); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society); A Number and The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage Company); Doubt and An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage Company); and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Also American Stage (FL), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Nora Theatre Company, Underground Railway Theater, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Vineyard Playhouse, Publick Theatre, Cape Rep, Shakespeare Now, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre. Lewis was a founding member of Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Film and television credits include Manchester by the Sea, Live by Night, Black Mass, The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood. Lewis earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. He resides in Boston and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 2004. He appears next in To Kill a Mockingbird as Atticus at Gloucester Stage and in Shakespeare in Love at SpeakEasy Stage.

Creative Team
Walt McGough, Playwright
Walt McGough


Walt McGough is a Boston-based playwright (by way of Pittsburgh and Chicago). In Boston, he has held fellowships with both the Huntington and New Repertory Theatre Companies, and was a finalist for the 2016 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award. His plays include PATTERN OF LIFE, which was named Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England, and THE FARM, PRISCILLA DREAMS THE ANSWER, and PAPER CITY PHOENIX, all of which received Best New Play IRNE nominations. Other plays include CHALK, DANTE DIES!! (AND THEN THINGS GET WEIRD), THE HABERDASHER!, and NON-PLAYER CHARACTER. He has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark, the Huntington, New Rep, the Kennedy Center, NNPN, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Fresh Ink, Sideshow, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and Argos. In 2015, his play ADVICE FOR ASTRONAUTS was selected as the winner of the Milken Playwriting Prize. He has served on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston and Chicago Dramatists, and is a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.

Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, Director
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary


BRIDGET KATHLEEN O’LEARY joined New Rep in 2008 where she serves as Associate Artistic Director. She has directed New Rep’s productions of Blackberry Winter, Scenes from an AdulteryMuckrakersPattern of Life, LungsFully CommittedCollected StoriesDollHouseboom, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include The Heidi Chronicles (Northeastern University), Othello (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), The Flick (Gloucester Stage Company), 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.

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


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