"Ronan Noone is one of his adopted country's best young playwrights." — The Boston Globe
With Eugene O'Neill's classic Long Day's Journey into Night as a backdrop, The Second Girl is set in the downstairs world of the Tyrone family kitchen in August 1912. Two Irish immigrant servant girls and the chauffeur search for love, success, and a sense of belonging in their new world in this lyrical and poignant world premiere by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone (Brendan, The Atheist) and directed by Campbell Scott (The Atheist).
The Second Girl is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.
Approximate run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission
"Ronan Noone has been a central part of the Huntington's family since 2003 when he was named to the very first cohort of Playwriting Fellows. Our audiences responded so warmly to Brendan, his play about an Irish immigrant finding his way in his adopted home of Boston, and I know they'll feel the same about his latest work that intimately explores the longings of the secondary characters from one of the 20th century's greatest dramas."— Peter DuBois
"The Second Girl is the reason I began writing plays. It tells an immigrant American story about what it means to come to America and what American means to so many. It is a thrill to have this play go up in my hometown and at the Huntington Theatre Company, and it is tremendous to be working with Campbell Scott again."— Ronan Noone
"I am thrilled to be working at the Huntington for a third time, especially in the new capacity as director of Ronan Noone's compelling new drama The Second Girl. This is mature and subtle playwriting, and I can't imagine a better theatrical environment in which to premiere it or a more perceptive audience with whom to experience it for the first time."— Campbell Scott
Go behind-the-scenes of the Huntington's world premiere production of The Second Girl!
Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses the Huntington's world premiere production of Ronan Noone's moving Irish drama The Second Girl directed by Campbell Scott.
Irish-born playwright Ronan Noone has made a local home in Boston, and his American trilogy is proof.
The New York Times talks to playwright Ronan Noone and director Campbell Scott about their first collaboration together, Noone's play The Atheist.
Created by the Huntington's education department to provide guidelines for using The Second Girl by Ronan Noone in school curricula.
Christopher Donahue previously appeared at the Huntington in Mary Zimmerman’s productions of Journey to the West and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Kathleen McElfresh returns to Huntington after previously performing in Brendan. She performed on Broadway in Present Laughter, and her Off Broadway credits include Taking Care of Baby (Manhattan Theatre Club), Greek Holiday and The Frugal Repast (Abingdon Theatre Company), and Jester’s Dead (The Peoples Improv Theater).
MacKenzie Meehan performed on Broadway and in the national tour of War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater). Off Broadway she played in Where We're Born (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Double Falsehood (Classic Stage Company), John Kelly’s Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte (La MaMa), The Sacrifices (Summer Play Festival and The Public Theater/NYSF), and Point of Departure (Theater for the New City).
Ronan Noone is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow whose plays The Atheist and Brendan were produced by the Huntington. The Lepers of Baile Baiste, The Blowin of Baile Gall, The Atheist, Brendan, Little Black Dress, A Small Death, and The Compass Rose, have been produced in theatres across the United States, including Williamstown Theatre Festival and at The Culture Project in New York, and in London (Theatre 501, St James Theatre), and the Philippines.
Campbell Scott has Huntington acting credits that include Ronan Noone’s The Atheist (2007) and Hamlet (1996). Other directing credits include Miss Julie (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Snakebit (Remains Theatre), and the films Company Retreat, Off The Map, Final, Hamlet (co-director), and Big Night (co-director).
Santo Loquasto is a designer for theatre, film, dance, and opera. He has received three Tony Awards and has been nominated 18 times. He has collaborated with Woody Allen on 28 films including costume design for Zelig and production design for Radio Days and Bullets Over Broadway for which he received Academy Award nominations.
James F. Ingalls has Huntington design credits that include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Seagull, A Long and Winding Road, Fences, The Miracle at Naples, What the Butler Saw, Cookin' at the Cookery, Gross Indecency, Cabaret Verboten, and The Glass Menagerie, and The Plough and the Stars.
Ben Emerson has been the sound supervisor at the Huntington for 17 years. He has also been designing sound in the Boston area and teaching sound design at Boston University’s School of Theatre.
Katie Ailinger returns to the Huntington, having previously stage managed Cry of the Reed, Streamers, and the HTC Summer Playwriting Workshop. Her Off- Broadway credits include Nixon’s Nixon and The FreshPlay Festival (MCC Theatre) and Trial by Water and I-Land (Ma-Yi Theatre).
Jeremiah Mullane returns to the Huntington having previously stage managed Awake and Sing!, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Seagull, The Cocktail Hour, The Jungle Book, and Invisible Man.
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