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Boston tech experts turn out for ‘Westworld’ premiere party Sunday night at Revere Hotel

“Westworld” cast members Simon Quarterman and Shannon Woodward at the Revere Hotel on Sunday.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

HBO invited boldface names from Boston’s tech world to a premiere party Sunday for the second season of “Westworld.”

The locals who packed the event space at the Revere Hotel for an early screening of the first episode, which aired on HBO later that night, included employees from MIT SmartLabs, Boston AI, Harvard Business School, MassChallenge, Women Who Code, FeatureX, and Affectiva. That meant the Q&A portion of the program — which featured “Westworld” actors Shannon Woodward and Simon Quarterman — got sort of technical.

One guest questioned the “Elmer’s Glue”-ish goo inside of the robot characters on the show. Another asked about the use of time on the sci-fi western series.


Quarterman, who plays Westworld exec Lee Sizemore, mostly laughed when he tried to answer the science and tech questions, but Woodward, who plays a Westworld park employee, had answers. The actress said she grew up in a science-loving home, and with a dad who introduced her to Michael Crichton’s 1973 “Westworld” film, among other sci-fi titles.

During the panel discussion, moderated by Globe columnist and innovation writer Scott Kirsner, Woodward said, “My dad was a programmer. He worked for IBM. . . . I’m a computer kid. I grew up with computers in the house before other people did.”

Quarterman did reveal one fact about his casting. He said that when he first auditioned for the show, he went in for the character Bernard, a central figure on the series. “That didn’t work out,” Quarterman said, laughing. (That role went to Jeffrey Wright.)

Guests at the premiere went from the screening room to an after-party at the Revere, where a space was transformed into a western bar straight out of the show. There was a saloon-style piano (the musician played Radiohead and other music featured on the series), and guests were offered a personality test to determine their character. At about 10 p.m., there were still groups of people hanging out in front of the Revere with HBO-provided cowboy hats in their hands.


In related news, “Westworld” will have a local on the show this season. Actress Julia Jones , known for the “Twilight” films and “Wind River,” has joined the cast. The actress is from Jamaica Plain.