Plays written by Ronan Noone
THE SECOND GIRL
SCENES FROM AN ADULTERY
The Atheist – (1M) Augustine Early, a crooked journalist has made an art of clawing his way up the professional ladder. When he turns a politicians tawdry predilections into front page news, the scandal threatens to undo the one person he thought was immune.
The Second Girl – (1M 2W) The kitchen of the Tyrone family in August 1912. In the interplay between the immigrant Irish servant girls, Bridget and Cathleen, and the chauffeur, Jack Smythe, playwright Ronan Noone evokes the love and despair of the big house while exploring the tragedy and triumph of sacrificing one home for another.
Scenes From An Adultery – (2M 1W) Tony and Gasper are best friends. Gasper comes over for dinner and tells Tony he saw the wife of their best friend, Dean with a strange man and it looked quite suspicious. Should they tell Dean or not? Tony says it’s probably nothing and we shouldn’t tell him and then all hell breaks lose. Scenes from an Adultery is a comedy of manners, miscommunication and the boundaries of true love.
Brendan – (3M 3W) – A recent Irish Immigrant Brendan now calls America home. He misses his family but works hard to fit into his adopted country and find love and meaning in his new life. But his “two pints Wednesday” lifestyle goes topsy-turpy when he receives a letter from home. Suddenly, the ghost of his mother starts following him around. Of course, she has plenty to say about his friends, his shameful lifestyle and how worried she is about him learning to drive on the other side of the road. This is a funny, evocative and wonderfully touching play about love, loss and coming to terms with leaving the past behind you.
Ronan Noone emigrated from Ireland. His first play The Lepers of Baile Baiste (IRNE, Best New Play) was workshopped with Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright Derek Walcott and won the Michael Kanin Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award.His second play, The Blowin of Baile Gall was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg New Play Award and won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script and the Independent Reviewers of New England award (IRNE) for Best New Play.The Gigolo of Baile Breag (IRNE nominated) completed the Irish Trilogy.
He was commissioned as a Playwriting Fellow by the Huntington Theatre Company under the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays and his first played based in America – Brendan – (IRNE – Best New Play), had its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston. His monologue play, The Atheist, opened with Chris Pine at Center Stage, NY. It played Theatre 503 in London and followed with Campbell Scott playing the role at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It was co-produced by The Culture Project and Ted Mann’s, Circle in the Square productions at the Barrow Street Theatre, NY, where it received both Drama Desk and Drama League Acting nominations. His play, Little Black Dress was produced by Boston Playwrights Theatre and, again, more recently by the Exchange Theatre at Theatre at St Clement’s, NYC . And, most recently his play The Compass Rose opened as part of the 1st Irish Theatre Festival of New York in 2013.
His plays have had productions in Los Angeles (Ovation Recommended) , Chicago (Jeff Recommended) , Austin, TX. (Theatre Critics Award) , Edinburgh, the Philippines and London. Never in Ireland, but you’ll have that. His short Radio play, Boyfriend, can be heard on the Emerging America Festival 2012. His short plays, The Mutton Bandit Molloy, Amereka, Headbanger, Goldman Sucks, I Glue You, and his short Musical, Share this World are published by Samuel French Ltd and Smith and Kraus.
His full length plays are published by Indie Theater Now, Samuel French Ltd, Dramatist’s Play Service, and and his essay on Theatre, “Being afraid to Breathe” is published by Princeton University Library Chronicle LXVIII. He has attended the Sundance Theatre Lab, The Orchard Project, New York Stage and Film, The Lark Play Development Center, Theresa Rebeck’s Writer’s Retreat and The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota Key, Fla. He has developed work for television with Sarah Jessica Parker’s, Pretty Matches Productions and with reality TV based productions, High Noon Entertainment.