Noone's The Second Girl hits home! A stirring work. Very satisfying.— The Boston Globe
Make The Second Girl your first priority. — WGBH
THOUGHTFUL AND POIGNANT. Equisitely staged and beautifully performed. — Berkshire Fine Arts

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

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"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



Press Reviews

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RAVE REVIEW: Read The Boston Globe's full review of The Second Girl.

"Noone's The Second Girl hits home! A stirring work. Very satisfying.
The emotional power of The Second Girl derives from Noone's tight focus on three characters whom we come to care about." - The Boston Globe
"Make The Second Girl your first priority.- WGBH
A celebration of a young, emerging playwright with a historical touch and a literary vision." - Berkshire Fine Arts
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Audience Buzz

Enjoyed #RonanNoone's THE SECOND GIRL at @huntington / @BCAsouthend. So much going on in the Tyrones' kitchen!! #BosArts #BosTheatre
- @CDMatthewMurphy

@Shakywarrior I learned about loneliness & what life was like for Irish immigrants in that little kitchen. @huntington #thesecondgirl  AND @BostonGlobeArts @Shakywarrior @huntington Bravo. I loved the play. A story sublimely written, acted, and directed. - @johngf

Gorgeous set! Stellar acting. Heartbreaking story, with tender moments. - Jean Holmblad on Facebook


  • Christopher DonahueJack Smythe
  • Kathleen McElfreshBridget O’Sullivan
  • MacKenzie MeehanCathleen O’Leary
  • Ronan NoonePlaywright
  • Campbell ScottDirector
  • Santo LoquastoSet & Costume Design
  • James F. IngallsLighting Design
  • Ben EmersonSound Design
  • Katie AilingerProduction Stage Manager
  • Jeremiah MullaneStage Manager

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